Grant Projects

Level Playing Field: Digitizing and Disseminating William Miles’ Black Champions Interviews (June 2018-June 2019)
National Historical Publications and Records Commission

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) has awarded a grant of $27,228 to Washington University Libraries that will allow the Libraries to digitize interviews filmed for William Miles’ 1986 documentary series Black Champions. The project will make available, for the first time, 32 complete interviews, totaling 18 hours of content. Covering sports from the early years of the 20th century through the 1980s, the interviews shed light on a range of significant topics, including Negro League baseball; treatment of African American athletes before and during desegregation; international competitions such as the Olympic Games and many other subjects.

Book Arts Fellowship (June 1, 2018-Jan. 31, 2019)
Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

Washington University Libraries received a grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to create a fellowship that will establish a mentoring program for Washington University in St. Louis book arts students. Guided by mentors from the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections and the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, students will be involved in exhibit planning and installation and learn how book arts collections are created and curated. The program will also provide opportunities for students to attend book arts workshops in St. Louis and at the Valley Book Festival. (Principal investigator: Cassie Brand)

Newman’s Own Foundation Grant 
Newman’s Own Foundation

With a grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections will process and digitize portions of the A.E. Hotchner Papers and related collections; process the papers of poet, novelist, and playwright David Wagoner; and digitize historic student publications. The grant will also help fund acquisitions for the Modern Literature Collection. (Principal investigator: Joel Minor)
Support for Korean Studies-Resources (Jan. 1, 2018-Dec. 31, 2018)
Korea Foundation

The University Libraries’ e-resources for Korean studies received a grant from the Korea Foundation to partially cover subscriptions to several online archives and databases, including the Korean Studies Information Service System and the Dong-a Ilbo newspaper archive. (Principal investigator: Ryuta Komaki)

Community Standards for 3D Data Preservation (CS3DP) (Oct. 1, 2017-Sept. 30, 2018)
Institute of Museum and Library Services (ILMS)

Funded by a 2017 National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program award from ILMS, Community Standards for 3D Data Preservation addresses the pressing need for curation and preservation standards/practices for digital 3D research data. It aims to provide mutual benefit to practitioners, libraries, museums, and end users by pulling together stakeholders as equal partners in design. The project will culminate in recommendations for standards to move digital 3D preservation forward. (Principal investigator: Jennifer Moore)

IASSIST Data Curation Workshop (Aug. 1, 2017-Dec. 31, 2017)
International Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology (IASSIST)

Held in December 2017, IASSIST and the Data Curation Network brought together information professionals from across the nation to learn treatments and activities for curating the research data generated on our campuses. Many heterogeneous data types are produced on institutional campuses. Properly curating and ensuring the ongoing availability of these assets is of significant importance for data reuse and for supporting faculty scholarship. (Principal investigator: Cynthia Hudson Vitale)

Code Blue (June 1, 2017-Aug. 31, 2018)
National Film Preservation Foundation

Washington University Libraries received a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation to preserve the rare documentary Code Blue (1971), an award-winning recruitment film aimed at bringing minorities into the medical profession. It is one of the earliest existing films created by Henry Hampton’s Boston-based documentary company Blackside Inc., which produced the Emmy Award-winning civil rights series Eyes on the Prize. (Principal investigator: Brian Woodman)

Liberating the Spoken Word (Jan. 1, 2017-Dec. 31, 2018)
National Historical Publications and Records Commission

Washington University Libraries received this two-year grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission for the project Liberating the Spoken Word: Poetry Readings and Literary Performances in St. Louis, 1969-2005. The grant will allow the libraries to digitize and create metadata for 947 audio recordings from three archival collections: the River Styx Archive, the Jan Garden Castro Papers and the Michael Castro Papers. (Principal investigator: Joel Minor)

The Streets of Greenwood (June 16, 2016-Aug. 31, 2017)
National Film Preservation Foundation 

Washington University Libraries received a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation to preserve The Streets of Greenwood (1963). Co-produced by Jack Willis, John Reavis, and Fred Wardenburg, the rare documentary chronicles the voter registration efforts of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Greenwood, Mississippi, in the summer of 1963. (Principal investigator: Brian Woodman)

Revealing Visual Culture: Digitizing Modern Illustrated Periodical Tear Sheets from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive  (Jan. 1, 2016 –Dec. 31, 2017)
Council on Library and Information Resources

The Revealing Visual Culture project creates digital images and supporting metadata for 150,000 modern periodical illustration tear sheets contained in the Walt Reed Illustration Archive at Washington University Libraries. The tear sheets—from over 200 illustrated periodical publications dating from the 1860s to the 1990s—represent the largest known collection in the world. (Principal investigator: Skye Lacerte)

Documenting the Now: Supporting Scholarly Use and Preservation of Social Media Content (Jan. 1, 2016-Jan. 31, 2018)
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Washington University in St. Louis, the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland and the University of California, Riverside, have collaborated on Documenting the Now, a project that responds to the public’s use of social media for chronicling historically significant events as well as demand from scholars and archivists seeking a user-friendly means of collecting and preserving digital content. (Principal investigator: Vernon C. Mitchell Jr.)

Eyes on the Prize Interview Digitization and Reassembly Project (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016)
National Historical Publications and Records Commission

The Eyes on the Prize Interview Digitization and Reassembly Project has made available approximately 95 hours of previously unseen and inaccessible interview footage created for the award-winning documentary series Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954 – 1965. The Libraries’ Film & Media Archive also has created digital files from nearly 400,000 feet of film-based preservation elements recently generated through the Andrew W. Mellon-funded “Eyes on the Prize Preservation Project.” (Principal investigator: Nadia Ghasedi)

Eric P Newman Numismatic Portal (Dec. 1, 2014-Nov. 30, 2018)
Eric P Newman Numismatic Education Society

The Newman Numismatic Portal is administered through Washington University in St. Louis, and aims to provide the most comprehensive numismatic resources available on the Internet. (Principal investigator: Denise Stephens)