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Historical Records Preservation Grant Program Winners


The Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board has awarded Historical Records Preservation Grants totaling $15,750 to six Illinois historical records repositories to develop and/or carry out projects that will lead to enhanced online access. The following organizations received grants for their historical records projects.

Rock Island: Augustana College, Special Collections
Digitizing Glass Plate Images from the John Henry Hauberg Papers –– $3,094 to digitize approximately 1,500 glass plate images that represent unique, valuable, and largely inaccessible pieces of Illinois and Quad Cities history. Subjects include Native American culture, the development of state parks, and the growth of the Rock Island Arsenal.

Mundelein: University of Saint Mary of the Lake
Saint Mary of the Lake Collection Assessment and Plan –– $2,650 to create a comprehensive plan to identify, preserve and facilitate online discovery of the SML Collection. The collection contains manuscripts, printed works, and media that uniquely document the history and character of the university as well as regional, American, and European history.

Batavia: Batavia Public Library
Civil War Letters and Diaries Digitization Project –– $1,420 to transcribe, digitize, and place online original Civil war letters and diaries (1861–1865) of soldiers from the 52nd and 124th Illinois Infantry Regiments.

Evanston: Evanston History Center
Digitizing Diversity: Preserving and Providing Access to EHC's Oral History Collection –– $1,500 to digitize 288 oral history cassette tapes (1970–mid-1990) that document Evanston's African-American, Caribbean, Jewish, Swedish, and World War II veteran communities (among others).

Peoria: Peoria Historical Society
Enhancing the Database for Online Access to the Peoria History Society Collection –– $4,586 to identify, organize, describe, and input the records of items in the Peoria Historical Society Collection into a relational database and place on the Peoria Historical Society website for public access.

Cherry Valley: Cherry Valley Public Library District
Cherry Valley Historical Photograph Digitization for Keyword Searchable Catalog Access Project –– $2,500 to describe, catalog, and upload into the Illinois Digital Archives and NIC Libraries catalog 300 digitized photographs depicting small town, rural life in northern Illinois.

Funding for the grants was provided by a State Board Programming Grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).