CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa Rod Library’s Special Collections & University Archives has been selected to receive Preservation Assistance Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities in the amount of $5,986. The grants were awarded for the project “Improving Preservation Policies and Practices for Rod Library Manuscripts and University Archives,” which is under the direction of Jaycie Vos, special collections coordinator/university archivist and assistant professor at Rod Library.
This project will improve preservation in Special Collections & University Archives at UNI, which will support future research, teaching and outreach. The focus will be manuscripts and university archives, which consist of 5,400+ linear feet of print, audiovisual and large format items that document experiences from diverse perspectives in activities, ideas and change across education, arts, culture, politics and social life on campus and across the region. Materials reflect research, teaching and creation in the humanities, such as faculty papers, and records from groups supporting humanities engagement, such as local art festivals. Other materials reflect political, social and civic activities by local and regional organizations and leaders, such as Sen. Charles Grassley’s papers.
The grant will support a site visit by a preservation consultant, resulting in a report identifying goals for improved policies and practices to align with professional standards, a training workshop for library staff and colleagues at neighboring institutions, and supplies. The project will take place from Jan. 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.
Jaycie Vos, special collections coordinator/university archivist and assistant professor, Rod Library, 319-273-6307, firstname.lastname@example.org
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