Special Collections Research Center

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Grants and Partnerships

“P.S. Write Again Soon”: Revealing 200 Years of the American Mosaic through the Wade Hall Collection of American Letters | 2018-2020: The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded UK Libraries a Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grant to make available 355 cubic feet of letters, diaries, and personal papers from the Wade Hall Collection of American Letters. Additionally, 50 cubic feet of material will be digitized. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters is an invaluable body of primary source materials providing a rich look into American history from the Colonial period to the Vietnam War. Areas of insight include everyday life and common struggles, race, courtship practices, mental health, immigration to the United States, sexuality and identity, the impact of war, and countless other research subjects. The grant will fund a two-year Project Archivist position and will result in over 2,000 finding aids and 80,000 digitized documents.

Action in Appalachia: Revealing Public Health, Housing, and Community Development Records in the UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center | 2015-2017: The Council on Library and Information Resources awarded UK Libraries a Cataloging Hidden Collections grant to arrange and describe 645 cubic feet of Appalachian records comprising seven hidden collections of War on Poverty-era, social justice organizational records. These community-driven groups worked to improve public health, housing, education and economic development from the 1960s to the present by taking action in Appalachia. Accessibility to these collections will contribute to new scholarship and public understanding about the social and economic development of Appalachia. Records featured in "Action in Appalachia" are a part of the Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection, which comprises more than 3,000 linear feet of primary source material relating to the history, culture and development of Eastern Kentucky and the Central Appalachian region. It is one of the premiere collecting areas in the center and is among the highest in demand for researchers across the United States and beyond.

Action in Appalachia Manual - An MPLP Model for Description

Coal, Camps, and Railroads | 2013-2016: The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded UK Libraries a Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grant to digitize 132 cubic feet (264,000 pages) of portions of the Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection held in UK Special Collections, focusing on 189 years of economic development in the Eastern Kentucky coalfield from 1788 to 1976. The ten individual collections document the search for, extraction of, and distribution of coal, oil, and natural gas resources in Breathitt, Boyd, Clark, Floyd, Harlan, Lawrence, Letcher, Perry, and Powell counties; the creation of railroads to bring these raw materials to industrial manufacturers and electrical power generators across the United States; and the company towns, their services, and the individual lives that grew up to sustain and make possible this economic development. 

Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) | 2011: The Institution for Museum and Library Services awarded UK Libraries a National Leadership Grant to further development on OHMS, an open source web-based system that inexpensively and efficiently enhances online access to and discovery of oral histories. OHMS provides users word-level search capability and a time-correlated transcript or index connecting the textual search term to the corresponding moment in the recorded interview online. More information on OHMS can be found here.

National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) | 2005-2013: The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress partnered to form NDNP, a long-term effort to provide permanent access to a national digital resource of historic newspapers, focusing on content published between 1936 and 1922. UK was selected for the pilot run based on the strength of our microfilming efforts and has received a total of 4 award cycles. More information can be found on the Kentucky NDNP website. Digitized newspapers can be found in the NDNP database, Chronicling America.

Arranging and Describing Archives Related to Appalachian History and Culture | 2005: UK Libraries and the UK Appalachian Center was selected for a We the People Grant for the archival processing and production of machine readable finding aids for over 2,600 linear feet of significant Appalachian archival collections housed at UK. These finding aids are available on the Kentucky Digital Library and ExploreUK.

John C. Wyatt Lexington Herald-Leader Preservation and Access Project | 2004:  National Historical Publications and Records Commission grant to preserve and provide access to the most at-risk negatives in the Lexington Herald-Leader photographs.   The collection consists of an estimated 1.5 million items spanning the years 1939-1990, with the bulk of the collection documenting 1946-1990. The collection contains photographic negatives, associated newspaper clippings, job sheets, and hand-written photographers’ notes. The LHL photographs are an unparalleled source of photographic evidence documenting Lexington's 20th century history.

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