US: National Archives awards over $4 million

Grants to be used for digitisation, archival and documentary editing projects.

A total of 31 grants totalling more than $4 million have been awarded to projects in 15 US states. 

The projects receiving funding include: 

  • A major digitisation project led by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to digitise slave deeds and bills of sale currently held in 26 counties across the state.
  • A project at Washington University (St. Louis, MO) to digitise and disseminate 18 hours of filmed interviews, parts of which were used by William Miles for his Black Champions television documentary.
  • The Computer History Museum has received a grant to help it process and curate its collection relating to software history (including material about the Y2K bug).
  • The Country Music Foundation, Inc in Nashville, TN has received a grant to digitise and make available 1200 hours of rare and hisotircally significant recordings by artists including Johnny Cash and James Brown.

 Source: Library Journal.  The full list of grant recipients can be viewed here.