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CLIR Hidden Collections Grant

In 2009, the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries was awarded $500,000 for the Hidden Collections in the Philadelphia Area: A Consortial Processing and Cataloging Initiative. With generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Council on Library and Information Resources administers this national program to identify and catalog hidden special collections and archives.

This two-year collaborative project involves processing select collections from the unprocessed holdings of PACSCL Libraries. These collections were identified as being of high scholarly importance during the recently completed PACSCL Consortial Survey Initiative. Materials address the scientific, cultural, aesthetic, social and spiritual mores of American society from the earliest European settlements through more than three centuries. The collections are especially strong in three areas: (1) the political, economic, social, horticultural, and cultural history of eastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley; (2) the history and evolution of American science and medicine; and (3) the American religious and educational experience, locally and globally, especially in areas of social justice and activism.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect those of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation or the Council on Library and Information Resources.