Grants and Acquisitions

Ann-Christe Galloway

Abstract

Arizona State University (ASU) has been awarded a $450,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a three-year project designed to build and expand community-driven collections, in an effort to preserve and improve ASU’s archives and give voice to historically marginalized communities. Under the leadership of ASU Library Archivist Nancy Godoy and coinvestigators Sujey Vega and Lorrie McAllister, the project—titled “Engaging, Educating, and Empowering: Developing Community-Driven Archival Collections”—will implement Archives and Preservation Workshops and Digitization and Oral History Days, as well as digitize and make publicly accessible existing archival collections from the ASU Library Chicano/a Research Collection and Greater Arizona Collection. In 2012, the Arizona Archives Matrix Project, a statewide initiative to gather data about local archives, identified several historically marginalized communities in Arizona, including LGBT, Asian American, African American, and the Latino community, which make up 30 percent of Arizona’s population but is represented in less than 2 percent of known archival collections. With the aim to address this inequity, the ASU project will build on Godoy’s previous work coestablishing the Arizona LGBT History Project and collaborating with ASU faculty members Vega and Vanessa Fonseca on an ASU School of Transborder Studies seed grant, which implemented archives and preservation workshops statewide and helped to assess community needs and interests.

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