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CHA-261915-19

Providence Public Library (Providence, RI 02903-3219)
Jack Martin (Project Director: March 2018 to present)
Aaron Peterman (Co Project Director: August 2019 to present)
PPL Special Collections Renovation: Investing in Public Humanities Sustainability and Access

Renovations to the library’s special collections division to update environmental and structural conditions for optimal preservation, to create a space for improved scholarly and public access to the materials, and to implement informal educational programming designed to engage students with the collections.

An Infrastructure and Capacity Building grant of $450,000 would support critical capital improvements to Providence Public Library’s (PPL) Special Collections Department, including a holistic facilities renovation that will result in our Special Collections being housed in a more user friendly, inviting, easily monitored, and climate controlled space. An NEH grant will help ensure that these invaluable humanities resources are properly preserved and openly accessible to the public and researchers for decades to come. PPL’s Special Collections department, located in our 1953 library building at 150 Empire St. in Providence, RI, houses the most unique and valuable items in the library, which provide unparalleled insight into a variety of humanities subjects of national historical and cultural significance and are valued in the tens of millions of dollars. An NEH grant would enable PPL to address pressing preservation needs and ensure continued access.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants

Division:
Challenge Programs

Totals (matching):
$450,000 (approved)
$450,000 (offered)
$450,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 9/30/2020


PJ-266563-19

Providence Public Library (Providence, RI 02903-3219)
Jordan Goffin (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Rhode Island Historical Newspaper Digitization Project

Digitization of approximately 100,000 pages of Rhode Island newspapers published before 1923, as part of the state’s participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ National Digital Newspaper Program, Providence Public Library (PPL), in partnership with the Rhode Island Historical Society (RIHS), will complete an extensive newspaper digitization project that will result in a wealth of Rhode Island’s historical newspapers being digitized and widely available through the Library of Congress for the first time in history. RIHS currently hold master negative microfilm of 314 newspaper titles that ceased prior to 1923. As a result of this project, at least 100,000 pages will be digitized.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
National Digital Newspaper Program

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$449,579 (approved)
$449,579 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2023


PG-51967-13

Providence Public Library (Providence, RI 02903-3219)
Jordan Goffin (Project Director: May 2012 to April 2016)
Preservation Supplies for the Providence Public Library Wetmore Collection

The purchase of archival boxes to house 500 of the 1,850 volumes in the Edith Wetmore Collection of Children's Books, ranging in date from the 15th century to the mid-20th century. Particular strengths of the collection are foreign-language titles and original artwork and manuscripts by notable authors and artists. Works include Hungarian texts from the 18th century, Argentinian books of fables published during World War II, and Japanese crepe-paper books from the 18th and 19th centuries. Used for exhibitions, instruction, and research by artists, historians, and literary scholars, the collection was acquired by its donor with careful attention to items in the best possible condition, which is a significant aspect of the books' current value to researchers and artists and the reason protective enclosures are essential.

This project will house five hundred volumes from the Edith Wetmore Collection of Children's books in MicroClimates custom archival boxes purchased from Custom Manufacturing, Inc. The Wetmore Collection comprises works originally produced for the education and entertainment of children across the last five hundred years and from over twenty countries. Many of the items in the collection are fragile, and housing them will allow us to largely fulfill the recommendations of a 2002 conservation and preservation assessment performed on the collection.

Project fields:
Library Science

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$3,575 (approved)
$3,575 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2013 – 7/31/2014


LB-50124-13

Providence Public Library (Providence, RI 02903-3219)
Louise Moulton (Project Director: March 2012 to present)
America's Music: A Film History of Our Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway

America's Music is a six-week public program featuring documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions about twentieth-century American popular music. The grantee will present six programs on these uniquely American musical traditions: blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock, and mambo and hip hop. It will also encourage scholar-led discussions about the documentary films and the project's major humanities themes.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Small Grants to Libraries: America's Music

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$1,500 (approved)
$1,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2012 – 12/31/2013


LA-50042-11

Providence Public Library (Providence, RI 02903-3219)
Louise Moulton (Project Director: August 2010 to present)
Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women - Library Outreach Programs

To support public humanities programs in libraries that explore Louisa May Alcott's untraditional life, her varied body of published work, and her place in American culture.

This project will support public humanities programs in a library that will explore Louisa May Alcott's untraditional life, her varied body of published work, and her place in American culture. The library will present five programs that represent the broad scope of Louisa May Alcott's writing, encourage scholar-led discussion about the proje ct's major humanities themes,and promote in-depth discussion of the documentary and biography, Louise May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Small Grants to Libraries: Louisa May Alcott

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2011 – 12/31/2011


LS-50042-07

Providence Public Library (Providence, RI 02903-3219)
Bonnie Lilienthal (Project Director: February 2007 to present)
Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World - A Traveling Exhibition for Libraries

No project description available

Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Small Grants to Libraries: John Adams Unbound

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$1,000 (approved)
$1,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2007 – 9/30/2009


GL-50128-03

Providence Public Library (Providence, RI 02903-3219)
Nomi Krasilovsky (Project Director: January 2003 to present)
Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation

A traveling panel exhibition and related public programs that reexamines President Lincoln's efforts toward the abolition of slavery during the Civil War.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Projects in Libraries and Archives

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$1,000 (approved)
$1,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2003 – 2/28/2006


GL-50415-03

Providence Public Library (Providence, RI 02903-3219)
Kathyellen Bullard (Project Director: April 2003 to present)
The Sixties: America's Decade of Crisis and Change

No project description available

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Projects in Libraries and Archives

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$1,000 (approved)
$1,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2003 – 12/31/2004


PA-24432-02

Providence Public Library (Providence, RI 02903-3219)
Shirley Long (Project Director: April 2002 to present)
Collections Level Survey

A conservation assessment of the library's Potter/Williams Collection on Irish Culture and the Wetmore Children's Book Collection.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation/Access Projects

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$4,998 (approved)
$4,998 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2002 – 6/30/2003


PA-23970-01

Providence Public Library (Providence, RI 02903-3219)
Shirley Long (Project Director: April 2001 to October 2002)
General Conservation Survey of Specialized Collections

A conservation survey and planning for long-term preservation of special collections that document the history of Western civilization and Rhode Island. (7 months)

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation/Access Projects

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$3,558 (approved)
$3,558 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2001 – 3/31/2002


CQ-20086-87

Providence Public Library (Providence, RI 02903-3219)
Dale Thompson (Project Director: May 1986 to August 1990)
Challenge Grant

To support the renovation of the historic central library to make more efficient use of space, to install a climate control system, to improve security, and to provide access for the handicapped.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Challenge Grants for Public Libraries

Division:
Challenge Programs

Totals (matching):
$422,500 (approved)
$422,500 (offered)
$422,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/1985 – 7/31/1990


GC-20477-87

Providence Public Library/Rochambeau (Providence, RI 02903)
Jacquelyn B. Toy (Project Director: December 1986 to October 1990)
Books for Bicentennial Bookshelf

No project description available

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Public Programs - Bicentennial Bookshelf

Division:
Public Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$500 (approved)
$500 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/1987 – 4/30/1987


GL-*1158-81

Providence Public Library (Providence, RI 02903-3219)
Christie V. Sarles (Project Director: October 1980 to October 1990)
A Lively Experiment (implementation)

To support the development of cooperative programs in public libraries across the state based on themes of Rhode Island's paradoxical history and ethnic diversity.

Project fields:
Ethnic Studies; U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Projects in Libraries and Archives

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$215,000 (approved)
$213,524 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1981 – 5/31/1983


GL-*1365-80

Providence Public Library (Providence, RI 02903-3219)
Christie V. Sarles (Project Director: March 1980 to October 1990)
A Lively Experiment

To support planning for a series of programs in Rhode Island's public libraries on the state's history and ethnic diversity. Exhibits, tours, lectures, discussions, media presentations, and reading materials will serve the out-of-school adult.

Project fields:
History, General; Literature, General

Program:
Humanities Projects in Libraries and Archives

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$15,000 (approved)
$14,383 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1980 – 10/31/1980


CD-*0908-77

Providence Public Library (Providence, RI 02903-3219)
Stephen T. Kochoff (Project Director: May 1977 to October 1990)
Challenge Grant

No project description available

Project fields:

Program:
Special Project Challenge Grants

Division:
Challenge Programs

Totals (matching):
$167,000 (approved)
$167,000 (offered)
$167,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/1977 – 6/30/1981


GP-10263-76

Providence Public Library (Providence, RI 02903-3219)
Charles W. Crosby (Project Director: July 1976 to present)
Eighteenth Century American Builders'

To exhibit 17th, 18th and 19th century architectural books including primary source material used by colonial builders on the Northeast Atlantic seaboard and actual diagrams or engravings coupled with photographs of actual buildings.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Special Projects

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$9,350 (approved)
$9,350 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1976 – 1/31/1977