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Amistad Research Center (New Orleans, LA 70118-5665)
Laura J. Thomson (Project Director: July 2019 to present)

PW-269094-20
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

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Totals:
$302,217 (approved)
$302,217 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 5/31/2023

African American Cooperatives and Land Ownership in the South: Increasing Access to the Records of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund

The arrangement and description of 600 linear feet of archival materials from the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund (1967-1990) and the Emergency Land Fund (1971-1986), which document African American land ownership and agricultural communities in the southern United States.

This project will assist the Amistad Research Center to increase access to two large sets of related organizational records that pertain to African American land ownership and agriculture in the rural south from the 1960s through the 1990s. This project will entail the completion of archival processing for the two targeted organizational records collections, the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund (FSC/LAF) and The Emergency Land Fund (ELF). Largely unavailable to researchers, due to their size and lack of organization, these records document an overlooked, but fundamental aspect of African American civil rights – access to land and to sustainable economic prosperity.

Amistad Research Center (New Orleans, LA 70118-5665)
Kara Tucina Olidge (Project Director: January 2020 to May 2022)

PF-272010-20
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
Preservation and Access

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Totals:
$49,754 (approved)
$49,219 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 10/31/2021

Planning for an Improved and Sustainable Collections Environment at the Amistad Research Center

A planning project to develop recommendations for improving the storage environment at the Amistad Research Center (ARC), an independent archives and manuscripts repository located at Tulane University with extensive holdings on the history of African Americans from the 1780s to the present.

The Amistad Research Center (ARC) seeks to develop a master preservation and conservation plan for infrastructure and systems associated with collection storage at its main facility of Tilton Memorial Hall on the campus of its partner organization, Tulane University. This project will entail collaboration between Center staff and board with conservation experts and Tulane University planning and facilities personnel to document and prioritize conservation and preservation needs to 1) create a strategic plan outlining next steps for a comprehensive implementation plan based on best practices, and 2) develop a projected budget and identify funding sources to address action steps within the strategic plan. The project is guided by ARC’s Collection Development and Management Policies which outline ARC’s primary responsibility to provide a safe and secure environment for all collections and works in its custody.

Amistad Research Center (New Orleans, LA 70118-5665)
Laura J. Thomson (Project Director: July 2017 to August 2019)

PW-259090-18
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

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Totals:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2019

African American Land Ownership in the South: Increasing Access to the Records of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives and the Emergency Land Fund

A planning project to organize the records of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives and the Emergency Land Fund relating to African American land ownership and agriculture in the rural South from the 1960s through the 1990s.

The Amistad Research Center seeks funding through an HCRR Foundations Grant to complete the first of two planned stages to increase access to two large sets of related organizational records that pertain to African American land ownership and agriculture in the rural South from the 1960s through the 1990s.

Amistad Research Center (New Orleans, LA 70118-5665)
Laura J. Thomson (Project Director: May 2010 to October 2012)

PG-51343-11
Preservation Assistance Grants
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$3,353 (approved)
$3,353 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2011 – 6/30/2012

Environmental Monitoring for Humanities and Audio-Visual Collections

The purchase of preservation supplies and environmental monitoring equipment and the provision of specialized training to preserve the center's manuscript, rare book, fine art, and oral history collections chronicling the African American experience from the Civil War to the present. The collections include the papers of prominent artists and political leaders such as Fannie Lou Hamer, Mary McLeod Bethune, Ellis Marsalis, and works of art by Jacob Lawrence, Henry Ossawa Tanner and Romare Bearden.

The staff at the Amistad Research Center (ARC) has recently turned their attention to creating a physical storage environment more in line with prescribed professional archival standards. Based on recommendations made in a recent (2009) Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) report, this grant will allow Center staff to purchase envirnmental monitoring equipment in both of ARC’s storage facilities, to obtain training in implementing this monitoring system, to purchase preservation supplies to improve the storage conditions of the Center’s most vulnerable audiovisual materials, and to attend a workshop on improving the physical environment for archival storage. At the conclusion of this project, ARC staff will develop a plan for storage renovation based on the information from the workshop, the data from the data loggers, and the previous CAP report.

Amistad Research Center (New Orleans, LA 70118-5665)
Donald E. DeVore (Project Director: May 2000 to February 2005)
Lee Hampton (Project Director: February 2005 to June 2005)

CH-20738-01
Challenge Grants
Challenge Programs

Totals (matching):
$500,000 (approved)
$500,000 (offered)
$500,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/1998 – 7/31/2004

Endowing The Collections Position and Supporting Scholarly Research.

Endowment for the position of Director of Collections and for research fellowships.

Amistad Research Center (New Orleans, LA 70118-5665)
Donald E. DeVore (Project Director: July 1998 to December 2001)

PA-23349-99
Preservation/Access Projects
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$170,072 (approved)
$170,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1999 – 6/30/2001

Arranging, Describing, and Creating Access to Records Related to the Modern Civil Rights Movement

To support the arrangement and description of ten collections of organizational records, personal papers, and multi-media materials related to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.

Amistad Research Center (New Orleans, LA 70118-5665)
Donald E. DeVore (Project Director: May 1999 to December 2000)

GM-26000-99
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations
Public Programs

Totals:
$10,000 (approved)
$9,223 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/1999 – 8/31/2000

Through the Lens of Promise: African Americans in the South, 1895-1555

A symposium and staff site visits to develop an exhibition concerned with African Americans who built community organizations, schools, churches, and businesses in response to Jim Crow.

Amistad Research Center (New Orleans, LA 70118-5665)
Clifton H. Johnson (Project Director: March 1982 to October 1990)

RC-20447-82
Reference Materials - Access
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$86,476 (approved)
$86,476 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1982 – 5/31/1984

Processing Nine Civil Rights Manuscript Collections

To support work on nine archival collections that document the role of local and national organizations in civil rights activities during the past two decades.

Amistad Research Center (New Orleans, LA 70118-5665)
Clifton H. Johnson (Project Director: May 1981 to October 1990)

RC-20269-82
Reference Materials - Access
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$734 (approved)
$734 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/1982 – 3/31/1982

Processing Nine Civil Rights Manuscript Collections

To support consultant services to improve the Center's archival methodology.

Amistad Research Center (New Orleans, LA 70118-5665)
Clifton H. Johnson (Project Director: February 1978 to October 1990)

CR-*0955-78
Research Challenge Grants
Challenge Programs

Totals (matching):
$80,000 (approved)
$80,000 (offered)
$80,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/1978 – 6/30/1982

Challenge Grant

No project description available