CLIR Announces 2020 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Awards

***Reposted from: Smith, Kathlin. “CLIR Announces 2020 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Awards.” Council on Library and Information Resources. 31 March 2021. https://www.clir.org/2021/03/clir-announces-2020-digitizing-hidden-special-collections-and-archives-awards/

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Washington, DC, March 31, 2021—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today announced the award of $4.02 million to fund 16 digitization projects through the Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives program. Twenty-eight institutions located in nineteen U.S. states and one U.S. territory will be involved in the projects covering subjects ranging from hip hop, fashion, and public media to plant specimens and whale reproduction.

See the full list of projects and summaries at https://www.clir.org/hiddencollections/funded-projects/.

This is the sixth group of projects supported by the Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards program, which is generously funded by 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 collections that contribute to broad representation and a more complete understanding of history.

CLIR is currently accepting applications for a new Digitizing Hidden Collections cycle, Amplifying Unheard Voices, which will fund projects to digitize materials that deepen public understanding of the histories of people of color and other communities and populations whose work, experiences, and perspectives have been insufficiently recognized. For the first time, Canadian organizations are eligible to apply for an award as lead applicants. Information about the initial application, which is due April 30, is available at https://www.clir.org/hiddencollections/applicant-resources/.

The Council on Library and Information Resources is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning.

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