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PW-277570-21

Regents of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382)
Cheney J. Schopieray (Project Director: July 2020 to present)
Revolutionary America: Digitizing the Thomas Gage Papers

Rehousing, further cataloging, and digitization of the collection of Thomas Gage, who along with being Commander in Chief of the American colonies from 1763 through 1775 and Governor of Massachusetts Bay from 1774 to 1775, was responsible for managing all relations with Indigenous people in the British colonies from Canada to the Mississippi. The complete digitized collection would include 95,445 images with item-level metadata.

The Clements Library is applying for funding to support a three-year project to re-house and digitize the papers of British General Thomas Gage (1718/19-1787). Gage's papers comprise approximately 23,010 letters, documents, financial papers, maps, and broadsides, largely dating from his service in North America between 1763 and 1775. Gage was responsible for the management of all territory in North America east of the Mississippi River, including Canada. The Clements Library proposes to remove the items from their mounts/volumes and place them in archivally-sound folders and boxes, preserving their current arrangement and volume numbers. At the same time, two grant-funded digitization technicians will scan each item, crop and color-correct each image, and produce item-level metadata. The complete, digitized collection of 95,445 images will be made available freely online through the Clements Library's existing online digital collection platform.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$350,000 (approved)
$350,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2021 – 5/31/2024