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PY-253034-17

Connecticut State Library (Hartford, CT 06106-1569)
Christine Pittsley (Project Director: May 2016 to June 2019)
Remembering World War One: Sharing History/Preserving Memories

Fifteen digitization day events across the entire state of Connecticut to collect materials related to the state and its population’s involvement in the First World War.  The state played a role in the war effort from the beginning as a major manufacturing hub for firearms and as the home of the U.S. Navy’s first submarine base.  The applicant also notes that this history represents diverse communities, as many African Americans from the South and European immigrants came to work in the factories.  Digitized items would be housed in the Connecticut Digital Library, which is also a hub for the Digital Public Library of America. Along with the digitization days, public events would include lectures related to Connecticut and World War I, with a focus on the particular communities in which the events are held.

This  project is based on the commemoration of the First World War. Working with partners across the state, the State Library will conduct Digitization Day events to surface privately held photos, letters and keepsakes that tell the stories of individual men and women who served during the war. These objects and stories are often held by children of WWI veterans and are in danger of disappearing, as younger generations no longer have ties to the people and events associated with these objects. Through digitization we will preserve them for generations to come.

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Project fields:
Military History; Public History

Program:
Common Heritage

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$11,329 (approved)
$11,329 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 4/30/2018


PJ-50116-13

Connecticut State Library (Hartford, CT 06106-1569)
Jane F. Cullinane (Project Director: January 2013 to July 2019)
Gail Hurley (Project Director: July 2019 to present)
Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project

Digitization of 100,000 pages of Connecticut newspapers, dating from 1836 to 1922, as part of the state's participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

From 2019-2021, the CT State Library will digitize an additional 110,000 pages of newspapers, with the support of the CT and Litchfield historical societies, Yale Univ., Bridgeport and Putnam libraries, who will lend film. We request $263,921 from NEH and will contribute 35.6% in cost share. The Advisory Board would like to select newspapers from the early 19th century and 1930-40 and will narrow the choices after the film is inspected and copyright checked. The Board includes 2 historians, an academic/journalist, state archivist, librarian, educator, and humanities representative and will not consider their own research interests but the wider needs of the project. Staff will follow LOC’s Technical Guidelines for quality review and deliver digital files, metadata, updated MARC records and duplicate negatives to LOC for access in Chronicling America and will do outreach to new and established audiences.

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Project fields:
Library Science

Program:
National Digital Newspaper Program

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$1,103,281 (approved)
$1,103,281 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2013 – 8/31/2021

Funding details:
Original grant (2013) $274,034
Supplement (2015) $250,000
Supplement (2017) $320,536
Supplement (2019) $258,711


PS-20464-91

Connecticut State Library (Hartford, CT 06106-1569)
Lynne Newell (Project Director: July 1999 to present)
Connecticut Newspaper Project: Microfilming

The preservation microfilming of 500,000 pages of newsprint, as part of Connecticut's participation in the United States Newspaper Program.

Project fields:
Library Science

Program:
Preservation and Access Projects Pre-1996

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$2,067,310 (approved)
$1,916,910 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1991 – 7/31/2002

Funding details:
Original grant (1991) $556,902
Supplement (1994) $424,008
Supplement (1998) $606,000
Supplement (2002) $330,000


PS-20184-88

Connecticut State Library (Hartford, CT 06106-1569)
Lynne Newell (Project Director: November 1987 to July 1990)
Connecticut Newspaper Planning Project

To support planning for Connecticut's participation in the U.S. Newspaper Program.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Preservation and Access Projects Pre-1996

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$15,506 (approved)
$15,506 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1988 – 11/30/1989