May 17, 2022

University of Virginia Receives Mellon Foundation Grant to Fund Completion and Expansion of the Social Networks and Archival Context Cooperative (SNAC)

From University of Virginia Library:

The University of Virginia Library is pleased to announce that The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of Virginia $600,000 to complete the work of establishing the Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC) Cooperative. For this final phase of establishing the Cooperative, the University of Virginia Library is collaborating with the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration and the 34 other Cooperative members, which together represent a wide variety of archives, libraries, and museums. Membership is expected to expand substantially during this final phase.


The SNAC platform connects more than 3.7 million descriptions of people, families, and organizations linked to over 2 million archival resource descriptions held in more than 4,000 repositories globally and reveals social connections between and among individuals, families and organizations. Researchers with an interest in people, families, and organizations can search them in SNAC and discover how they are related to one another and locate historical resources from around the world that document their lives and work.


Since 2017, SNAC has been part of the University of Virginia’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, which serves as its administrative and technological home. The move to the Small Special Collections Library ensures close collaborations and partnerships with the cultural heritage and research communities. Daniel Pitti of the University of Virginia Library, who has led the development of SNAC since its inception, will continue to serve as its director. Joseph Glass, also at UVA, will lead the technological development. Jerry Simmons, at the National Archives and Records Administration, will serve as the SNAC operations manager and also direct SNAC training.

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