Technology and Digitization Grants
2020 Application Packets Now Available
SCRLC members are encouraged to submit creative and innovative proposals to improve regional access and resource sharing through technology. Digitization projects are also encouraged, as they allow materials to be accessed regionally through New York Heritage, New York State Historic Newspapers, and the Empire Archival Discovery Cooperative.
For 2020, applications are especially encouraged for:
- projects involving oral history
- partnerships increasing representation of and with communities that have been historically and systematically oppressed.
Applications must be completed and submitted electronically to the SCRLC office by Friday, November 15, 2019; send applications and questions to Claire Lovell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 Grant Timetable
November 15, 2019
June 30, 2020
Interim report due
December 31, 2020
All grant funds must be expended by grantees
March 31, 2021
Final report due
* June 2020 update: We understand that COVID-19 has affected many of the 2020 RBDB grant-funded projects and that timelines may have significantly changed. Please feel free to reach out to us if you need any assistance or extension.
2020 RBDB Grant Application (.docx) (PDF)
Digitization Project Plan Outline (.docx)
2020 Grant Recipients
- Scholes Library of Alfred University -- $6,883 to digitize 114 hours of at-risk audio recordings on a variety of subjects relevant to the history of Alfred University, the College of Ceramics, and the region. Includes 20 tapes on the topic of "Voices of Native North America."
- Cortland County Historical Society -- $3,245 to create metadata for the Brockway Motor Trucks Collection in New York Heritage.
- Chemung County Historical Society -- $620 to digitize at risk oral histories from 1988-1990, documenting the local African-American community in Elmira.
- Fenimore Art Museum Library -- $4418 to digitize Chenango County Newspapers.
- History Center in Tompkins County -- $3,000 to digitize historical photographs, maps, and city directories from the city of Ithaca.
- Seymour Public Library District -- $4,500 for a collaborative project with Cayuga Museum of History and Art to collect oral histories documenting historically oppressed groups in Auburn, NY, including African American, Latinx, LGBTQ+ and immigrant communities.
- SUNY Cortland -- $2243 for digitization of the student newspaper, Normal News , 1906-1925. Newspapers are held in print format only, brittle and at-risk.
- Wells College -- $8,325 to digitize the collection of the Howland Stone Store Museum. This collection includes materials relating to women's rights, the Underground Railroad, and the education of formerly enslaved people post-Civil War.
- Yates County History Center - $4,094 to digitize historical items held in nine rural townships underrepresented in the historical record of Yates County.
2019 Grant Recipients
- Candor Free Library - $5,005 to digitize thirty-four microfilm rolls containing 32, 300 pages of Candor and Tioga County newspapers. These include the Candor Courier (1899-1966), the Owego Gazette (1966-1967), and the Tioga County Courier Gazette (1967-1970). The scanning will be outsourced to the Northern New York Library Network (NNYLN) and the newspapers added to New York State Historic Newspapers.
- Elmira College - $3,000 to digitize 14 rolls of microfilm (12, 600 pages) of Elmira College newspapers. These include Elmira College Weekly and the Octagon, 1917-1988, and The Sibyl, 1871-1917. The microfilm scanning will be outsourced to the Northern New York Library Network, with scanning of printed issues of The Sibyl to be done at the Elmira College Library. The newspapers will be added to New York State Historic Newspapers, and made freely available to everyone at nyshistoricnewspapers.org. Issues of the The Sibyl will also be hosted on New York State Historic Newspapers and in New York Heritage Digital Collections (nyheritage.org).
- Fenimore Art Museum Library - $2,500 to digitize microfilm of Otsego County historical newspapers. These include selected newspapers from the Oneonta Herald (1853-1923) and the Otsego Republican (1829). The microfilm scanning will be outsourced to the Northern New York Library Network, and the newspapers will be added to New York State Historic Newspapers and made freely available to everyone at nyshistoricnewspapers.org.
- Ithaca College - $2,680 to digitize 54 volumes of the Cayugan (the Ithaca College yearbook) from 1913-2005, as well as 153 issues of the Ithacan, the Ithaca College newspaper. The newspapers and yearbooks will be added to New York State Historic Newspapers and New York Heritage Digital Collections, and made freely available to everyone at nyshistoricnewspapers.org and nyheritage.org.
- Seymour Public Library District - $7,279 to microfilm and digitize 1600 pages and 53 rolls of microfilm of Auburn newspapers. These include the Auburn Morning Dispatch/Auburn Weekly Dispatch (1888) and the Advertiser-Journal (1913-1931). The scanning will be outsourced to Advantage Preservation and the newspapers added to New York State Historic Newspapers, and made freely available to everyone at nyshistoricnewspapers.org.
- SUNY Cortland - $4,583 to digitize SUNY Cortland student newspapers. These include The Co-No Press (1925-1942), and The Dragon Chronicle (2013-2017). The newspapers will be added to New York State Historic Newspapers and made freely available to everyone at nyshistoricnewspapers.org.
- Wells College - $5,045 to digitize and describe the Opendore Women's History Collection at the Howland Stone Museum. This collection includes information and resources collection over twenty years of research and investigation by women's history scholar Elsie Gutchess. Digitized materials will be added to New York Heritage and made freely available at nyheritage.org and the book collection will be accessible to the public and searchable in OCLC's WorldCat.
RBDB Grant Projects Final Reports