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Green-Wood Historic Fund (Brooklyn, NY 11232-1755)
Anthony Cucchiara (Project Director: July 2015 to present)

Gone But Not Forgotten: Digitizing the 177 Year-Old Legacy of New York City's Green-Wood Cemetery

A planning project to catalog and digitize archival records of New York City’s historic Green-Wood Cemetery, the site of 570,000 burials dating from c. 1838 to the present.

Green-Wood Historic Fund (GWHF) respectfully requests a grant to convene an academic panel that will create a plan for the digitization of Green-Wood Cemetery's institutional archives. The documents relate to more than 570,000 "permanent residents" at Green-Wood and range from before 1838 (the year of the cemetery's founding) to the present day. Most of these records have never been seen outside the cemetery, and GWHF believes they will present a significant reserve of documents to the field of humanities. The advisory panel includes a public health historian, a historian of urban and American studies, and experts in digital humanities, digital collections and archival management. They will be joined by Green-Wood's Archivist, Historian and Manager of Historic Collections. Together, they will formulate a plan to digitize and catalog the cemetery's archives and collections, in order to make the information readily available to humanities scholars, as well as to the general public.

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Project fields:
History, General; Social Sciences, General

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2016 – 4/30/2017