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Grants and Acquisitions

Ann-Christe Young

The University of California (UC),Irvine Libraries Department of Special Collections has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the American Institute of Physics to make the papers of Frederick Reines, UC’s 1995 Nobel laureate in Physics, available for scholarly research. Reines is known for his experiments in confirming the existence of the neutrino, a discovery that spawned the still-thriving field of neutrino physics. The grant will enable UC’s Special Collections to organize and preserve Reines’ papers, as well as create an archive that will be available on the Internet via UC’s Online Archive of California.

The University of Pittsburgh (UP)Library System has received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to deliver digital copies of Chinese-language academic journal publications from four Chinese research libraries via the Internet to scholars throughout the United States. UP’s Library System is one of 41 recipients across the country of this first National Leadership Grant Award. UP will use the $189,000 award to continue a pilot project that establishes a gateway service for U.S. scholars to access, free of charge, hard-to- find Chinese language journal publications located in libraries in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. In turn, the system will allow Chinese scholars to access U.S. documents.

The University of South Florida (USF)Tampa Campus Library has received a $100,000 gift from A. Bayard Angle to benefit its Oral History Program. His gift received a $50,000 matching gift from the State of Florida’s Challenge Grant Program. Angle contributed $100,000 to benefit the library’s “Virtual Library” Program earlier this year; this gift is also eligible for a $50,000 matching gift from the State of Florida. Time Warner Trust has also made a gift of $15,000 to benefit the USF Tampa Campus Library’s Oral History Program.

Acquisitions

Texas A&M University's Sterling C.Evans Library has acquired the collection of George Sabo, a renowned Slavic book dealer, consisting of 16,000 items on Russian, Polish, and Czech literature and history covering the medieval period to the 20th century. The collection contains scholarly books published during the period 1950-85, primarily in Russian; books in Polish, Czech, French, and German constitute a smaller portion of the collection.

The Library of Congress has acquiredthe personal papers of Pamela Digby Churchill Harriman, who died in 1997 while serving as the U.S. Ambassador to France. Harriman was on the Board of Directors of the Commission on Presidential Debates (1987-93), chair and founder of the fundraising committees Democrats for the 80s and Democrats for the 90s, and national co-chair of the Clinton-Gore presidential campaign in 1992. The papers are estimated to contain about 500,000 items and cover all aspects of her life, but are most extensive regarding her active involvement in civic, political, and governmental matters in the last 20 years.

The University of Nevada's, Reno,Basque Studies Library has acquired a newly discovered Spanish Civil War archive from the Basque region in the northern part of the Spanish state. It contains more than 5,000 documents, manuscripts, photographs, maps, pamphlets, and artifacts produced by the Basque and Republican Governments and the Fascist Nationals during the northern front campaign of the Spanish Civil War. This particular archive, Archivo Guerra Civil-Frente Del Norte, was created by Lieutenant José Maria Huarte Jaúregui, the military commandant in Zarautz.

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