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Presbyterian Historical Society (Philadelphia, PA 19147-1516)
Beth Shalom Hessel (Project Director: July 2017 to October 2019)
Nancy J. Taylor (Project Director: October 2019 to April 2020)
Digitizing the Religious News Service Photographs: A Planning Project

A Foundations planning project to place online 68,000 photographs taken by the Religious News Service; 500 high-priority images would be selected for digitization.

The Presbyterian Historical Society will use an NEH Foundations Grant to plan for the future digitization and sharing of the 68,000 Religious News Service photograph collection at PHS (date span 1945 to 1982). An advisory panel of scholars, technical and legal experts, and PHS staff members will develop a three-tier, five-point rating system to prioritize scanning of RNS images based on: a) historical significance of the photograph; b) physical condition of the print and/or negative; and c) quality of available descriptive information. PHS staff will then conduct a small pilot project to test the rating system and digitization workflows. Following the pilot project's completion, the Presbyterian Historical Society will write a white paper featuring project findings and conclusions and submit the paper to the NEH.

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Project fields:
Media Studies; Religion, General; U.S. History

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$44,135 (approved)
$44,045 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 10/31/2019