Funding, Grants & Awards

UCLA's Clark Library Wins Digitization Grant

The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library of the University of California, Los Angeles has landed a $194,000 grant to digitize English manuscripts from the 17th and 18th centuries.

The grant is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and awarded as part of the 2015 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Awards, given by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

"Digitizing Hidden Collections funds projects in which locally executed protocols contribute to a national good, using methods that are cost efficient and subject to wider adoption," according to information released by CLIR. "It 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."

The Clark Library's proposal, "Digitizing British Manuscripts at UCLA's Clark Library, 1601-1800," aims to digitize 300 documents and is one of 18 projects nationally to be selected for the award.

"The Clark's collection complements holdings of other research libraries and specifically enriches the digital resources available to scholars of British cultural, political and social history," according to a news release from UCLA. "The manuscripts comprise commonplace books, sermons, inventories, poems, plays, recipe books, accounts and music."

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