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  Current Library Grant Projects
  • Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives: The Gordon Hall and Grace Hoag Collection of Dissenting and Extremist Printed Propaganda, Part II
    Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) with support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

    The Brown University Library has received a three-year grant of $376,100 to complete the processing of The Gordon Hall and Grace Hoag Collection of Dissenting and Extremist Printed Propaganda materials. Gordon Hall began compiling the collection when he returned from World War II and encountered U.S. domestic hate groups at both ends of the political spectrum. Along with a group of volunteers, including Grace Hoag, he infiltrated and investigated radical and dissenting groups, collecting their printed propaganda as part of his efforts to preserve these irreplaceable materials for posterity. Only the 168,000 items representing 5,500 organizations found in Part I of the collection have been processed, documented and made available to the public so far. This project will uncover the much larger, unprocessed and inaccessible Part II, comprised of 800 cartons (2,400 linear feet or ca. 700,000 items). The materials reflect a continuum of views on issues such as the Cold War, civil and women's rights, and the relationship of religion and state. The focus is on printed organizational literature, often ephemeral, some for circulation among adherents and others used to proselytize. The collection consists largely of pamphlets and leaflets, with smaller numbers of photos, audio–visual items, manuscripts, and monographs.

    See press release and information about CLIR Hidden Collections.

  • Revealing Brown’s Hidden Archival and Manuscript Collections
    National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)

    The John Hay Library was awarded a two-year Basic Processing grant of $141,455 from NHPRC to make accessible 892 archival and manuscript collections. This project will reveal a number of significant collections, papers, and records held in Manuscripts and University Archives including the papers of prominent literary figures, gay writers, poets, screenwriters, scientists, historians, Brown faculty and alumni, and the records of small presses, literary magazines, and cultural, arts, political and activist organizations. The grant will support a full-time processing archivist to survey 6,500 linear feet of “hidden” archival and manuscript collections and create catalog records and Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids. In addition, the Archivists’ Toolkit will be implemented in order to manage archival and manuscript collections through a single database.

  • Gorham Database Design Project
    Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

    IMLS logoThe Brown University Library has been awarded an IMLS National Leadership planning grant for the purpose of collaborating with the RISD Library and the RISD Museum in the development of a new database architecture that will allow users to explore the complete extent of the design process used by the Gorham Manufacturing Company to create its hand-crafted consumer silver products. See project website

  • Expansion of COinS Technology to Non-structured Bibliographic Data
    Andrew W. Mellon Scholarly Communications Program

    The Brown University Library has received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop a web-based citation parsing service which will improve access to campus scholarship. The award will be used to improve functionality for the Directory of Research and Researchers at Brown, a service offered through the Office of the Vice President for Research, by providing OpenURL links to the scholarly content of over 40,000 citations in the directory. The open source citation parsing service is now available at:
    See press release || Information about COinS

  • Revitalization of the John Hay Reading Room
    Champlin Foundations Grant

    The Brown University Library has received a grant of $250,000 from the Champlin Foundations to help with ongoing improvements to the John Hay Library and to enhance the George S. Champlin Memorial Stamp Collection. A grant of $200,000 will be used to purchase new display cases that will be prominently featured in proposed renovations to the Hay's Reading Room. The new cases will significantly increase the Library's exhibit capacity. Cases will be customized to fit the dimensions of the Reading Room and will be made of oak, in keeping with the building's elegant décor. In addition, the Library received $50,000 to support and improve the Champlin Stamp Collection. See press release

  • Rhode Island Archival and Manuscript Collections Online (RIAMCO)
    National Endowment for the Humanities

    The Brown University Library has received a grant of $228,454 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to create a statewide database, entitled the Rhode Island Archival and Manuscript Collections Online (RIAMCO). Through the application of Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids, RIAMCO will collocate more than 300 dispersed but overlapping collections about the history of Rhode Island drawn from local public and university libraries across the state, fashioning a union web resource hosted and supported by Brown University. The material documented in RIAMCO represents the history of Rhode Island from the colonial period to the present day and provides valuable insight into a range of topics including business, the Civil War, slavery, literature, church history, politics, diplomatic history, art and architecture, military history, labor, health and medicine, state and local government, higher education, and Native Americans. The RIAMCO project has been designated by NEH as a "We the People Project" for "promoting knowledge and understanding of American history and culture."