BY EMMA PEPPER, DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS, THE HUB
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is offering $1 million over the next two years to community-based archives across the US. Let’s get some of these funds for community archives in WV! Share this opportunity with anyone you know who may be appropriate.
From the organizers:
“The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation invites community-based archives in the United States and its territories to submit proposals to fund one or more of the following areas of need:
- Operational support for the organization, including general support for staff, space, and utilities.
- Collections care, including storage, cataloging, description, and preservation.
- Programming and outreach activities, including collecting new materials, and exhibitions, publications, or other uses of the collections.
Since 2013, the Foundation’s Scholarly Communications program has been making a series of grants to help diversify the body of primary source evidence available to, for example, activists, artists, researchers in humanities fields, community historians, genealogists, teachers, and students. These grants were designed to support and strengthen a body of archival practice, called community-based archiving. Archival studies scholars Andrew Flinn, Mary Stevens, and Elizabeth Shepherd define community as ‘any manner of people who come together and present themselves as such,’ and a community archive as ‘the product of their attempts to document the history of their commonality.'”