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California State University, Northridge, University Corporation (Northridge, CA 91330-8316)
Jose Luis Benavides (Project Director: July 2017 to October 2022)

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

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$315,000 (approved)
$314,561 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 10/31/2021

Creating a Digital Database of the Richard Cross Photographic Collection at the Tom & Ethel Bradley Center at CSU

The arrangement, description, and selected digitization of a collection of 35,000 images produced by American photojournalist Richard Cross, documenting civil wars in Central America during the 1970s-80s as well as daily life in the city of Palenque de San Basilio in Colombia, populated by descendants of the oldest community of escaped slaves in the Americas.

This proposal seeks funding to enable the Tom & Ethel Bradley Center to create a digital archive of photographs by Richard Cross. Digitizing these photographs will preserve and allow broad access to a threatened visual repository, which addresses themes of import to Black communities that resisted enslavement, and which embodies the collective visual memory of the lived experience of war in Central America.