Grants and Acquisitions

Ann-Christe Galloway

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The University of California-San Diego, New York University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Libraries are teaming up to develop a next-generation archival management tool, thanks to a grant in the amount of $539,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant will support the planning and design of a new software tool for the description and management of archives, based on the combined capabilities of Archivists’ Toolkit and Archon. The two predominant open-source archival tools are currently used by numerous academic libraries, special collections, archives, and museums worldwide, including universities like UCLA and Harvard, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the San Diego Zoo.

The Robert L. Ganyard Library Endowment has been established at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay by Debra Ann Reilly, medical director of the University of Nebraska Medical Center Burn and Wound Center in Omaha. The gift honors the memory of Reilly’s stepfather, Robert L. Ganyard (who was emeritus associate professor of history at SUNY-Buffalo), was a teacher, researcher, author of The Emergence of North Carolina’s Revolutionary State Government (1978), and voracious reader. The endowment will provide funds to support the mission of the Cofrin Library and was established intentionally to provide the director the flexibility to determine how best to use the spendable endowment earnings that will be available each year.

One of the more than 600 photographic portraits of average individuals and well-known personalities in the University of Central Florida’s Carol Mundy Collection.


African American Legacy: The Carol Mundy Collection has been acquired by the University of Central Florida Libraries. The collection was assembled over a period of 17 years of intensive research by Carol Mundy, an avid collector. She began collecting about 1993 with a purchase of a 1901 edition of the Complete Life of William McKinley and Story of His Assassination. Inside the book, she discovered a yellowed document from 1870. It was correspondence from the U.S. Army to a soldier in the tenth Cavalry, known today as the Buffalo Soldiers. This discovery sparked Mundy’s passion to preserve black culture and heritage. The collection consists of books and pamphlets, magazines and periodicals, photographs, and images, illustrations, and documents and papers. The pre-1800 papers and documents consist of noteworthy collections of images and documents from the slavery era, including pre-Civil War daguerreotypes and glass lantern slides; Civil War era illustrated covers; an assortment of lithographic images depicting scenes from the slavery era; published speeches and articles related to the political turmoil that the issue of slavery produced; more than two dozen vintage newspapers; and original legal documents related to slavery.

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