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Federal Grant to Plan Charlotte Area History Project Awarded to Special Collections

Atkins Library Special Collections was awarded a $6,350 grant to plan a digital program called Living Charlotte: the Making of a New South City. Special Collections will use this money to determine partner cultural heritage institutions in hopes to present a broad range of local historic materials in digital format, highlighting the community’s unique experiences from the Reconstruction period to the present.

According to Kristy Dixon, Special Collection’s digital program archivist, the grant allows Atkins Library to work with consultant Emily Gore, director of digital initiatives and information technology for Clemson Libraries. “She’ll (Gore) help us create a comprehensive plan for the Living Charlotte digital project and identify partner institutions with which we can collaborate on this exciting endeavor. We will use the next eight months developing a plan for the project, and we will then seek an LSTA Digitization Grant to make this project a reality.”

Dixon also adds, “if awarded the LSTA Grant, Special Collections hopes to illustrate Charlotte Metrolina’s rich history of social movements, commercial endeavors and shifts, education, religion, the arts, government, and domestic life.” Once completed, the collection would be open to the public through Atkins Library’s online Digital Collections.

This grant is made possible through funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), under provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.