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Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (Edwardsville, IL 62026-0001)
Lydia Jackson (Project Director: July 2018 to present)
The Eugene B. Redmond Digital Collection

A planning and pilot project to assess and digitize selectively the papers of Eugene B. Redmond, Poet Laureate of East St. Louis, Illinois, and Professor Emeritus of Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (SIUE), reflecting his participation in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s.  Donated to SIUE in 2007, the collection comprises approximately 325 cubic feet of material, including manuscripts, correspondence with nationally prominent writers and artists, flyers, printed materials, and photographs.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Library and Information Services requests funding to plan and form a pilot project of the Eugene B. Redmond Digital Collection. The EBR Digital Collection will be an invaluable resource for scholars studying the Black Arts Movement as it comprises an extensive record of images, flyers, programs, recordings, and artifacts documenting the literary activity of hundreds of African American literary and cultural figures from the mid-1960s to the present. The project team will develop a plan, to be tested via a pilot project, for the creation of the EBR Digital Collection. The outputs for this planning period will include documents detailing selection criteria, rights management, standardization of metadata, digitization, and quality control. The pilot phase of the project will involve the digitization of a small selection of materials from the EBR Collection to allow the project team to test and revise their plans for the rest of the Collection.

Project fields:
Arts, Other

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$48,664 (approved)
$48,664 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 4/30/2023