Jackie Spafford, Image Resource Curator, in partnership with Sonja Sekely-Rowland, Visual Resource Curator at UC Riverside, and the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), have been awarded a 2020 Foundations Grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH). The grant of almost $60,000 will fund a two-year pilot project to survey at-risk 35mm slide collections of the built environment created in the 1960s through the mid-1990s, and held by members and partner institutions of the SAH. The team will develop guidelines for prioritizing digitization, online sharing, long-term storage and disposal, and create a framework for using graduate fellowships and undergraduate internships to assist with collection processing. Nearly half of the grant funds are earmarked for fellowships and internships at both UCSB and UCR.
NEH’s Division of Preservation and Access created Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Foundations Grants to support the formative stages of planning, assessment, and pilot activities for initiatives to preserve and create access to humanities collections or to produce reference resources via sustainability strategies for ensuring successful preservation and access efforts. HCRR Foundations is intended as a means of assistance for this crucial preparatory work.