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Grants and Acquisitions

Ann-Christe Young

Indiana University Bloomington (IUB)Libraries received a $164,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to launch a program that prepares area studies Ph.D.s for positions as research librarians. Under the new program, post-doctoral fellows who have already studied a certain area of the world extensively will learn aspects of librarianship under the guidance of an experienced area studies librarian. The knowledge these fellows have acquired in their doctoral studies—whether in literature, history, or the social sciences—will provide the foundation upon which to build the information and instructional skills necessary for them to become area studies librarians.

Twelve historically black colleges anduniversities have been awarded nearly $2.4 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. through its Strengthening Institutions Program. Almost half of the 23 schools that were awarded grants plan to address issues of student retention; others are planning projects to enhance technology capabilities for students and faculty, improve student writing, and streamline processes such as registration. The following schools were awarded grants: Bethune-Cookman College in Dayton Beach, Florida; Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana; Hampton (Virginia) University; Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas; LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee; Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi; Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia; Tuskegee (Alabama) University; Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia; Wilberforce (Ohio) University; Wiley College in Marshall, Texas; Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans.

Tisch Library at Tufts University inMedford, Massachusetts, received $42,500 for two projects aimed at retraining library staff to work in a high-tech, digital library environment and to prepare students and faculty to use such technology. The awards are the first from the Berger Family Technology Transfer Endowment, which was created by Tufts alumnus and trustee Louis Berger shortly before his death in 1996.

The University of South Carolina’s FilmLibrary has received a $30,000 grant from the American Film Institute National Center for Film and Video Preservation to preserve endangered Fox Movietonews footage. Over 16,000 feet of silent-era film, which currently exists only in its original nitrate form, will be preserved. The time period covered by the project will be from 1919 through the end of the 1920s.

Libraries for the Future and Friends ofLibraries USA received a $226,500 grant from the Viburnum Foundation for the first two years of the Community-Library Advocacy Project. The project is a major national initiative to strengthen library advocacy around the country. The Community-Library Advocacy Project will build and strengthen relationships between communities and public libraries by developing tools and resources for local library advocacy, and by establishing a national advocacy bureau to serve as a clearinghouse for the exchange of ideas, models, and resources among library advocates across the country. The project will also establish a network of skilled volunteer advocates to conduct mentoring workshops and advocacy training with library users.

Acquisitions

The Thirteen/WNET Arthur Godfreycollection was donated to the Broadcast Pioneers Library of American Broadcasting, located on the campus of the University of Maryland. The collection, which spans Godfrey’s 50-year radio and television career, was donated to the libraries by WNET, the major public broadcasting outlet in the New York City metropolitan area. Some 248 boxes of materials and six filled filing cabinets comprise the collection that consists of audiotapes and videotapes, music scores, lómm films, scripts, photographs, and thousands of wire recordings containing most of the Godfrey radio programs. Most of the wire recordings must be played on a special wire recording machine that is a part of the collection; eventually the recordings will be converted to audiotape. Godfrey’s Talent Scouts, a vehicle for aspiring professionals to be discovered, led to stardom for the likes of Carmel Quinn, Pat Boone, the McGuire Sisters, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Connie Francis, Steve Lawrence, Al Martino, Leslie Uggams, and Roy Clark. Ironically, Elvis Presley auditioned for the program but was not selected.

The demise of Arthur Godfrey’s (left) career is usually attributed to his on-the-air firing of singer Julius LaRosa (right) in October 1953.

SNET and the University of Connecticut(UConn) have entered into a formal, continuing partnership to create a special collection of SNET historical documents and photographs at UConn’s Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. According to Thomas P. Wilsted, director of the Dodd Center, the SNET Collection, when all material has been transferred, will weigh more than 17 tons and total approximately 2.5 million documents, becoming the second largest private collection at the center. Items currently in the collection, which date from the late 1870s to the present, include historical photographs of buildings, employees, and equipment; town telephone histories; public relations and promotional materials; financial records; and interesting correspondence, such as notes from and about Mark Twain and his sometimes antagonistic experiences with the telephone.

Dancer and choreographer Bella Lewitzky’scollection was acquired by the University of Southern California. The donation to the Department of Special Collections includes photographs, production files, tour notes, videos, costumes, and financial records documenting the long career of this figure in modern dance.

Dick Thornburgh, former governor ofPennsylvania and U.S. attorney general (1988- 1991), has donated his papers and associated materials to the archives at the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh. The Dick Thornburgh Archival Collection represents the full span of Thornburgh’s life and career to date, from his community participation in the early 1960s through his positions at local, state, national, and international levels. The more than 1,500 cubic feet of papers, photographs, videos, and memorabilia will provide scholars an opportunity to research issues of leadership and public policy development.

SNET Chairman and CEO Daniel Miglio (left) and Philip E. Austin, president of the University of Connecticut (UConn) with artifacts from the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.

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