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Grants and Acquisitions

Ann-Christe Young

The University of Pittsburgh (UP) hasreceived a $10,000 donation from the Polish National Alliance (PNA) to help catalog, preserve, and make accessible a collection of rare Polish books, magazines, and sound recordings. The collection was housed at Alliance College in Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania, but was entrusted to the University Library System after that College closed in the 1980s. In the nine years the collection has been housed at Hillman Library, PNA has donated $65,000 to support it. UP has cataloged 14,500 titles from the collection, including 295 music scores, 111 sound recordings, and many rare books, magazines, and journals, some unique to North America. The collection reflects what Polish people were reading in the late 19th and early 20th centuries—ranging from treasured volumes of poetry to books on what words one had to learn to become an American Citizen.

Duke University has received a $171,000grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to preserve and provide wider access to the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising and Marketing History’s archives of the outdoor advertising industiy. The quarter-of-a-million item outdoor advertising library is the repository for the Outdoor Advertising Association of America’s official records, dating from the 19th centuiy, as well as several related collections. Among the records are hundreds of thousands of slides and photographs, original artwork for memorable billboards, countless industry documents, correspondence, and even films.

The School of Information and LibraryScience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a $120,000 gift from Cisco Systems Inc. and the Cisco Systems Foundation to honor the university’s late chancellor. The gift establishes the Michael Hooker Graduate Fellowship in Applied Networking, honoring the chancellor who died in June 1999 after a six-month battle with lymphoma. Income from the gift will support the fellowship, which will help pay tuition and expenses for a graduate Student who is studying development and management of networked information systems.


Materials from the estate of Keith R.Porter have been donated to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Porter is considered one of the founders of modern cell biology and a pioneer in the techniques of electron microscopy. The materials were provided by Lee D. Peachey, executor of the Porter estate, the Keith R. Porter Endowment for Cell Biology. The collection includes more than 100,000 photomicrograph negatives from 1946 to 1996, approximately 4,000 transparencies of electron micrographs, manuscripts for publications, and research files of notes and reprints. Also there are evaluative notebooks by subject of selected photomicrographs, correspondence, conference files, administrative files, grant review files, films, a complete file of Porter’s publications, and personal biographical information files.

The Circulo Cubano, Tampa, Florida’s,historic Cuban club in Ybor City, donated its archives to the University of South Florida in Tampa. Preserved in these fragile paper records is the story of an institution that for generations has been part of the lives of the city’s Cuban community. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, when Ybor City and West Tampa were lively, multiethnic “cigar cities” tuming out millions of the world’s finest cigars, the Central Espanol, Circulo Cubano, Union Italiana, Union Marti-Maceo, and Centro Asturiano immigrant mutual aid societies were the vibrant hearts of their communities, centers of cultural and social life for the Cuban, Spanish, and Italian immigrants who comprised their membership ■

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