Technology and Digitization Grants
The timeline for our Technology and Digitization Grants have changed for 2021, reflecting our available RBDB funding from the state.
We are happy to announce the availability of funds to support a round of technology and digitization grants! If you are a member of SCRLC--governing or affiliate--you are encouraged to submit a creative proposal 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 2021-2022, applications are especially encouraged for:
- partnerships increasing representation of and with communities that have been historically and systematically oppressed;
- geographically underrepresented communities in the SCRLC region;
- innovative approaches to using digitized collections for projects such as walking tours, virtual tours, and HistoryForge participation.
Applications must be submitted electronically to the SCRLC office by Friday, April 30, 2021; send to Claire Lovell at firstname.lastname@example.org. This application packet is available on our website, https://scrlc.org/Grant-Information.
Is this your first time applying? Feel free to contact Claire with any questions
2021 RBDB Grant Application: (.docx) (PDF)
Digitization Project Plan Outline (.docx)
NYSL RBDB Guidelines
2021 Grant Recipients
- Waterloo Library & Historical Society (WLHS): $5,868 - The Executive Director of WLHS, Cyndi Park-Sheils and WLHS Researcher Pamela Becker have 40 microfilmed reels of newspapers from Waterloo, NY dating from 1873 to 1961 digitized and made available on NYS Historic Newspapers.
- Southern Tier Library System (STLS) and Cuba Circulating Library: $8,000 - The Director of Cuba Circulating Library, Tina Dalton and STLS's Engagement Consultant, Erika Jenns, will digitize 50 reels of microfilmed historic newspapers from Cuba in Allegany County, spanning from January 1866 to December 1986. These newspapers will be made available on NYS Historic Newspapers.
- Seymour Public Library District: $6,016 - The Seymour Public Library District will digitize hundreds of photographs from the Cayuga County Historian's Office and Seymour Library's local history collections. The photographs will be added to New York Heritage Digital Collections and Auburn HistoryForge.
- Greater Oneonta Historical Society: $6,700 - GOHS's Executive Director, Dr. Marcela Micucci and archivist Shelley Wallace will select materials from GOHS's collections in order to document women's roles throughout Oneonta's history. The digitized materials will be added to GOHS's website, oneontahistory.org, and to New York Heritage Digital Collections.
- Fenimore Art Museum: $7,980 - Fenimore Art Museum's Special Collections Librarian, Joe Festa, will digitize historic newspapers from Delaware County and make them available on NYS Historic Newspapers.
- SUNY Cortland: $7,565.87 - SUNY Cortland's archivist, Jeremy Pekarek, will digitize 5,000 pages of the Cortland Normal News, spanning 1879 through 1913. The college will also digitize other student newspapers, including the Co-No Press (1925-1942), and The Dragon Chronicle (2013-2017). After the Normal News project is complete SUNY Cortland newspapers will be fully searchable from 1879-2017 online on NYS Historic Newspapers.
- Chemung County Library District: $2,000 - Maggie Young, the Genealogy & Local History Librarian of Steele Memorial Library of CCLD will digitize their popular but rapidly deteriorating collection of Elmira city directories, which span from 1857 to 1924. Once digitized, these directories will be available on New York Heritage Digital Collections.
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."
- Chemung County Historical Society
$620 to digitize at risk oral histories from 1988-1990, documenting the local African-American community in Elmira.
See Chemung County Historical Society's final report for 2020 here.
- Fenimore Art Museum Library
$4418 to digitize Chenango County Newspapers: New Berlin Gazette, Oxford Times, Norwich Journal, and Chenango Telegraph.
- 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.
See SUNY Cortland Memorial Library's final report for 2020 here.
- 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.
- Cortland County Historical Society -- $3,245 to create metadata for the Brockway Motor Trucks Collection in New York Heritage.
See Cortland County Historical Society's final report for 2019 here.
- 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.
See Seymour Public Library District's final report for 2019 here.
- 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.
See SUNY Cortland's final report for 2019 here.
- 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.
2018 Grant Recipients
2017 Grant Recipients
2016 Grant Recipients
2015 Grant Recipients
2014 Grant Recipients
2013 Grant Recipients