May 27, 2022

Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Announces $3.8 Million in Funding For 17 “Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Projects

UPDATE: Announcements About Specific Projects

From the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)

2019-01-03_16-10-10The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today announced the award of over $3.8 million to fund 17 projects for 2018 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards. More than 40 institutions located in 17 states and one US territory will be involved in the projects covering subjects ranging from endangered languages and displaced peoples to health issues, architecture, and fisheries.

This is the fourth group of projects supported by the Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards program, which is generously supported by funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Digitizing Hidden Collections program, successor to the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program, supports the creation of digital representations of unique content of high scholarly significance that will be discoverable and usable as elements of a coherent national collection.

Funded Projects

Direct to Details About Each Project

Direct to Hidden Collections Registry (2008-2017)

2018 Projects/Recipients

Building Minneapolis: Images of the City’s Building and Infrastructure from the 20th Century ($82,800.00)–Hennepin County Library

Creating a Digital LGBTQ collection from the Radclyffe Hall and Una Vincenzo, Lady Troubridge papers at the Harry Ransom Center ($159,946.00)–The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin

Digitization of Madam C.J. Walker Collections Which Encompass the Life, Work, and Impact of America’s First Female African American Self-made Millionaire ($69,246.00)–Indiana Historical Society

Digitizing Documentation of the Lost and Disappearing Historic Architecture of the Mid-Atlantic ($128,896.00)–Center for Historic Architecture and Design-University of Delaware

Digitizing Hidden Archival Collections in Folklore Studies ($184,442.00)–American Folklore Society, Indiana University Bloomington Libraries, University of Oregon Archives of Northwest Folklore, and Vermont Folklife Center

Digitizing the ‘World’s Most Experienced Airline’: Pan American World Airways Resources at the University of Miami, Duke University, and HistoryMiami and Development of an Aviation Portal ($275,196.00)— University of Miami Libraries, Duke University, History Miami Museum, Digital Public Library of America

Digitizing the Yale Babylonian Collection ($232,537.00)–Yale University

Film on a Boat: Digitizing Historical Newspapers of the Caribbean ($448,139.00)–University of Florida, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras (UPR), Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC)

Fly on the Wall: Black Natchez by Ed Pincus and David Newman, Film Digitization for Access, 1965 and 1967 ($250,000.00)–Amistad Research Center

For the Health of the New Nation: Philadelphia as the Center of American Medical Education, 1746-1868 ($239,291.00)–The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, The Legacy Center, Drexel University College of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Pennsylvania Hospital Historic Collections, The Library Company of Philadelphia, American Philosophical Society, Thomas Jefferson University Archives and Special Collections, Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections (PACSCL)

From the Mountains to the Prairies, From Trout to Dace: Revealing Climate and Population Impacts on Culture, Ecology, and Economy in Montana’s Fisheries ($299,461.65)–The Montana State University, Montana State Library

I ali’i no ke ali’i i ke kanaka (A chief is a chief because of the people): Justice and Accountability through Access to the records of Hawai’i’s Governments ($500,000.00)–Hawai’i State Archives, Hawaiinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at the University of Hawai’i – Manoa, Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, Awaiaulu Literature Project, Honolulu Museum of Art, Washington Place, Royal Order of Kamehameha I

Letters from Harriet Noyes: Missionaries and Women’s Education in 19th-Century China ($72,796.00)–The College of Wooster

New York Neighbors: The Shared Jewish and Chinese Immigrant and Refugee Experience ($364,824.00)–The Center for Jewish History, Inc., Museum of Chinese in America

Nutarluki “Make Them New” ($241,995.00)–Bethel Broadcasting, Inc.

Visibility for Disability: Documenting the history of disability in America and the growth of the disability rights movement ($250,000.00)–University of Massachusetts Amherst

Visualizing a Vast Wilderness: Mapping the Adirondack Park through Three Centuries ($70,000.00)–Adirondack Historical Association

Direct to Details About Each Project

Direct to Hidden Collections Registry (2008-2017)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.