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PW-51553-14

University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA 52242-1320)
Bethany Davis (Project Director: July 2013 to May 2018)
Preserving, Digitizing, and Providing Access to the Keith/Albee Vaudeville Theater Collection

The conservation treatment, digitization, and preparation for crowdsourced transcription of 150 oversize scrapbooks documenting the Benjamin Keith and Edward Albee vaudeville theater circuit.

With this three-year project, the University of Iowa Libraries proposes to (1) provide conservation treatment for the 150 oversize scrapbooks in the Keith/Albee Vaudeville Theater Collection held by the UI Libraries Special Collections department, (2) create digital facsimiles of these scrapbooks for inclusion in the Iowa Digital Library, and (3) consequently, preserve and expand access to a highly used humanities research collection that is rapidly deteriorating as a result of brittle book syndrome and frequent handling.

Project fields:
Film History and Criticism; Theater History and Criticism; U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$300,000 (approved)
$299,986 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 12/31/2017