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Howard University (Washington, DC 20059-0001)
Seth M. Kronemer (Project Director: July 2012 to present)

The J. Clay Smith, Jr., Papers Project

The arrangement, description, and selected digitization of the papers of jurist and educator J. Clay Smith, Jr., pertaining to 20th-century civil rights history and African Americans in the legal profession.

J. Clay Smith has had a distinguished career as a military judge, a commissioner for the EEOC, a professor and dean at the Howard University School of Law, and as the preeminent historian of African Americans in the field of law. He has donated more than 200 cubic feet of papers--documenting both his career and his extensive historical research--to the University. The purpose of the grant is to speed the processing of these papers and make them available to the general public for research. Should the grant be awarded to the University, the funds will go to paying the salary of project archivist, archives technicians, and a internet consultant, who will be hired to solely process the papers using current archival practices, and scan a significant portion of the papers to make them available to researchers via the internet.

Project fields:
African American Studies

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$90,000 (approved)
$90,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2013 – 7/31/2016