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Congratulations to the Earl S. Richardson Library at Morgan State University (MSU) and the Frederick Douglass Library at University of Maryland, Eastern Shore (UMES) on winning FY2020 Institute of Library and Museum Sciences (IMLS) grants through the Museum Grants for African American History and Culture (AAHC) program.

Morgan State University's grant will go towards "implement[ing] a comprehensive interpretive project based on archival collections documenting the life and work of Ellen Irene Diggs, the first African American woman to earn a doctorate in anthropology." This project, described below, is among those highlighted in IMLS's recent press release

Morgan State University will implement a comprehensive interpretive project based on archival collections documenting the life and work of Ellen Irene Diggs, the first African American woman to earn a doctorate in anthropology. Multiple university departments will collaborate to organize and analyze the collections. The project team of staff and consultants will implement an internship program for more than 40 undergraduate and graduate students and volunteers, focusing on archival research, preservation, and anthropology. Project activities will include the enhancement of public access to the collections through an online exhibit, student posters, and panels as part of the 117th annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association. A professional development program including workshops and instructional materials will engage 90 teachers, resulting in enhanced curricula in humanities and social studies for over 400 K-12 students in each year of the project.

The University of Maryland, Eastern Shore's grant will go toward "enhanc[ing] its identity as a historically black, land grant institution by improving the care and accessibility of archival collections housed in the Special Collections Department of the Frederick Douglass Library."

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore will enhance its identity as a historically black, land grant institution by improving the care and accessibility of archival collections housed in the Special Collections Department of the Frederick Douglass Library. The project director will recruit three student interns, who will receive stipends to assist with creating an inventory and cataloging priority record groups, providing library patrons access to organized archival material accompanied by finding aids. The university will purchase supplies to rehouse the materials, and the project team will create both physical and digital exhibitions on the project to support faculty and student learning. Project activities will include a workshop for faculty, a student symposium, and a faculty reading circle to further promote teaching and learning opportunities with the collections. Selected faculty will share experiences with their peers through attendance and presentations at conferences.

Read more about the planned work in UMES's June 5th press release.

This year, IMLS awarded more than $2.7 million in AAHC grants to 22 institutions. Eight of the 22 grants went to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, including USMAI Library Consortium members MSU and UMES. 

The anticipated deadline for FY2021 grant applications is November 16, 2020. More info about applying for an AAHC grant is available here: https://www.imls.gov/grants/available/museum-grants-african-american-history-and-culture.


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