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University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Robin C. Pike (Project Director: July 2018 to November 2022)

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

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$313,753 (approved)
$207,532 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 8/31/2021

Preserving and Presenting the Past, Present, and Future of Dance History: Digitizing the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange Archives

The enhanced description and digitization of 1,329 video recordings and 1,000 pages of programs related to the work and performances of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange.

The UMD Libraries requests $313,753.44 from the National Endowment for Humanities Humanities Collection and Reference Resources Foundations Grant program to describe and digitize the 1,329 unique video media assets and 211 programs (approximately 1,000 pages) from the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange collection held by Special Collections in Performing Arts. Liz Lerman, a choreographer, performer, writer, educator, and speaker, founded the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in 1976. Over a 40-year career, Lerman built a body of work and knowledge based on simple but radical ideas. Aspects of her work have won critical and scholarly attention and serves as important reference material for artists and collaborators within genomics, physics, law and medicine. Digitization is necessary for the preservation of this important documentation as they are deteriorating at a 15% rate. Lerman is developing a toolbox in partnership with Special Collections in which this digitized video are critical to the project.