The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a $6,000 grant to Beloit College, funds which will be used to directly benefit the college’s archival collections and practices.
The grant comes from NEH’s Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions programs, and will cover the costs of a consultant’s visit to campus. After evaluating the college’s current archival collection condition and preservation practices, the consultant—provided by the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Massachusetts—will offer a report on the ways the college can make its archival collection more viable and visible. The Beloit College Archives contain files and artifacts ranging from photographs and clippings to memorabilia, documenting the history of the college and the people associated with it.
“While this particular grant funds only this consultation, the grant program is structured to encourage our application for additional, larger grant awards,” says Director of Library and Archives Lisa Viezbicke. She worked with College Archivist Fred Burwell and the college’s Office of Foundation and Corporate Support to create the grant application.
“Beyond this grant, and our plans to apply for future funding, we expect the consultant's recommendations will guide our efforts to develop intentional and practical work-study and special project opportunities,” Viezbicke says, “and enhance our ability to support new curricular endeavors like Labs Across the Curriculum.” Labs Across the Curriculum is a new curricular initiative at the college, which recognizes the learning that traditionally takes place in science labs, and seeks to integrate the same hands-on intensity into students’ learning in the arts and humanities.
The college should receive the funds in the new year, and expects to have the consultant’s assessment in hand sometime this spring.
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