CLIR awards University of Miami a grant to digitize hidden special collections and archives

CLIR awards University of Miami a grant to digitize hidden special collections and archives

By Library Communications

CLIR awards University of Miami a grant to digitize hidden special collections and archives

By Library Communications
UM, Duke University, HistoryMiami Museum, and Digital Public Library of America awarded grant to develop research portal to Pan Am and aviation resources.

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has granted the University of Miami, Duke University, HistoryMiami Museum, and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) a 2018 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives award in support of the project “Digitizing the ‘World’s Most Experienced Airline’: Pan American World Airways Resources at the University of Miami, Duke University, and HistoryMiami and Development of an Aviation Portal.”

Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the CLIR award ensures that digitized content is made freely available to the public. The $275,786 grant enables the University of Miami to digitize 121,000 pages of archive records, Duke University to digitize 11,500 advertisements, and HistoryMiami Museum to digitize 500 objects. These promotional materials, operational records, and artifacts highlight the complexity and reach of Pan Am, a leader in globalizing aviation and shaping public perceptions of air travel, whose impact on global affairs, corporate culture, and social history is still relevant today.

The three institutions are partnering with the DPLA to bring these materials together alongside other digitized aviation materials via a curated aviation-themed portal. This will allow for focused exploration of aviation history across multiple institutions, and it will serve as an innovative model to bring together disparate collections in a collective portal hosted by DPLA, fostering discoverability and availability to researchers in both public and academic domains and across borders.

 

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