New York Times: Chinatown Museum Gets $3 Million After Fire Threatens Its Archives

New York Times: Chinatown Museum Gets $3 Million After Fire Threatens Its Archives. “In January, a fire ripped through the upper floors of the Chinatown building that held the museum’s archives, endangering roughly 85,000 artifacts. Then the coronavirus pandemic, which had prompted a surge in anti-Asian harassment, also shut the museum down for months. But in late September, Nancy Yao Maasbach, the museum’s president, got a call with some good news.”

Michigan State University: Emergency Response Archive of Puerto Rico Receives Mellon Foundation Grant

Michigan State University: Emergency Response Archive of Puerto Rico Receives Mellon Foundation Grant. “The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Michigan State University a $325,000 grant to support the first phase of the ‘Emergency Response Archive of Puerto Rico,’ a digital open-access repository of Puerto Rican artifacts of disasters pertaining to Hurricane María (2017), the Guayanilla earthquakes (2020), and COVID-19 (2020).”

Gustavus Adolphus College: SSRC Grant Explores COVID-19’s Impact on Marginalized Communities

Gustavus Adolphus College: SSRC Grant Explores COVID-19’s Impact on Marginalized Communities. “A Minnesota-based research team led by Gustavus Adolphus College history professor Maddalena Marinari has been awarded a Rapid-Response Grant on COVID-19 and the Social Sciences by The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) to explore the impact of COVID-19 on African, Asian, and Latinx immigrant and refugee communities.”

UMass Lowell: Saab Center Grant Will Help Shine Light on Portuguese-American Experience

UMass Lowell: Saab Center Grant Will Help Shine Light on Portuguese-American Experience. “Students, faculty and researchers interested in the rich cultural and historical tapestry of Portuguese-Americans in the Merrimack Valley and beyond will soon have access to a digital archive chronicling generations of immigrants, thanks to a $300,000 grant received by the university’s Saab Center for Portuguese Studies. The grant, from the William M. Wood Foundation, is spread over three years.”

Connecticut State Library: Connecticut State Library Receives $100,000 Grant from National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC)

Connecticut State Library: Connecticut State Library Receives $100,000 Grant from National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC). “The grant will support a two-year project, Uncovering Hidden Resources in New Haven Court Records,1700-1855, to enhance access to judicial records held in the State Archives. The project continues the work funded by two earlier grants to identify records related to interactions with the court system by underrepresented groups, especially enslaved persons, free persons of color, and indigenous persons. The richness of court records provides additional insights into these communities.”

Virginia Tech Daily: Mellon Foundation grant supports development of a plan for using artificial intelligence to plumb the National Archives

Virginia Tech Daily: Mellon Foundation grant supports development of a plan for using artificial intelligence to plumb the National Archives. “The National Archives and Records Administration, the official recordkeeper of the United States, provides digital access to more than 110 million digital records, a number that continues to grow exponentially…. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Virginia Tech a planning grant to work with the National Archives and a number of universities nationwide to understand the opportunity for using artificial intelligence to search digital records.”

Hyde Park Herald: Museum of Science and Industry wins grant to digitize 7,000 artifacts

Hyde Park Herald: Museum of Science and Industry wins grant to digitize 7,000 artifacts. “The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, has received a grant $225,782 to digitize a major part of its collection of more than 35,000 artifacts. The funds will pay for the MSI to create a website that will give free public access to 7,000 artifacts for the first time.”

Cornell Chronicle: Fugitive slave ad database receives grant from Mellon

Cornell Chronicle: Fugitive slave ad database receives grant from Mellon. “Cornell-based Freedom on the Move (FOTM), a database documenting the lives of fugitives from American slavery through newspaper ads placed by slave owners in the 18th and 19th centuries, has received a $150,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.”

What’s New in Civic Tech: California Creates Grants Portal (Government Technology)

Government Technology: What’s New in Civic Tech: California Creates Grants Portal. “The California State Library has built and launched a new grants portal that gives users a centralized location to find state grant and loan opportunities. Dubbed the California Grants Portal, the platform currently features more than 100 grants that total more than $17 billion in potential funding. The platform for the new portal is also an intuitive one that allows users to search by applicant type, grant category and timeframe for application deadlines.”

University of Connecticut: UConn Library, School of Engineering to Expand Handwritten Text Recognition

University of Connecticut: UConn Library, School of Engineering to Expand Handwritten Text Recognition. “The UConn Library and the School of Engineering are working to develop new technology that applies machine learning to handwriting text recognition that will allow researchers to have improved access to handwritten historic documents. Handwritten documents are essential for researchers, but are often inaccessible because they are unable to be searched even after they are digitized. The Connecticut Digital Archive, a project of the UConn Library, is working to change that with a $24,277 grant awarded through the Catalyst Fund of LYRASIS, a nonprofit organization that supports access to academic, scientific, and cultural heritage.”

Michigan State University: Social Scientists Awarded National Parks Service Grant

Michigan State University: Social Scientists Awarded National Parks Service Grant. “This grant will be used to develop The Internment Archaeology Digital Archive, an open digital archive that will host, preserve and provide broad public access to digitized collections of archaeological materials, archival documents, oral histories and ephemera that speak to the experiences of Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II in the United States.”

Ithaca Voice: Grant to fund creation of digital archive for local poetry press

Ithaca Voice: Grant to fund creation of digital archive for local poetry press. “Ithaca has its roots in poetry — named after the Greek island in ‘Odyssey,’ Homer’s epic poem, it is no surprise Ithaca has historically had a lively literary scene. Now, some of the history of Ithaca’s literary community will become more accessible via the creation of a digital archive for Ithaca House Press.”

WSET: Virginia Humanities announces $235,800 to support museums, historical societies

WSET: Virginia Humanities announces $235,800 to support museums, historical societies. “Virginia Humanities announced $235,800 in recent grants to nonprofit organizations in support of public humanities programs for audiences throughout the state. Virginia Humanities has awarded grants to museums, historical societies, and other cultural non-profits across the state since 1974.”

Native News Online: Native News Online Gets Knight Foundation Grant For New Website, Digital Platform

Native News Online: Native News Online Gets Knight Foundation Grant For New Website, Digital Platform . “One of the most-read news sites covering Indian Country, Native News Online will use the grant to overhaul its website with an updated design and numerous other technical changes to make it more reader-friendly and more useful for marketers.”

Institute of Museum and Library Services: Mellon Foundation Invests $1.5 Million in Federal COVID-19 Research Project to Support Libraries, Museums Reopening

Institute of Museum and Library Services: Mellon Foundation Invests $1.5 Million in Federal COVID-19 Research Project to Support Libraries, Museums Reopening. “The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the receipt of a $1,500,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support materials research for collections care and the reopening of libraries and museums during the COVID-19 pandemic. As libraries and museums around the country begin to resume operations and reopen to the public, the need for clear information to support the handling of core museum, library, and archival materials has become increasingly urgent.”