Historical Records Preservation Grant Program Winners Illinois State Archives


The Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board has awarded Historical Records Preservation Grants totaling $26,217 to six Illinois historical records repositories to develop and/or carry out projects that will lead to enhanced online access. The following organizations received grants for their historical records projects.

Chicago: The Adler Planetarium
Webster Photography Arrangement and Description Project - $5,000 to arrange, describe, and archivally rehouse the Webster Photographs. The Webster Photographs complement the Webster papers, which have already been processed.

Chicago: Southeast Chicago Historical Society
Milltown Histories: Processing the Southeast Chicago Historical Museum Collection - $5,000 to help with the ongoing archival processing and descriptive work necessary to ensure greater accessibility and in anticipation of creating a future website of museum materials.

Chicago: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
Mundelein College Paper Records Project - $5,000 to create a finding aid for paper records from the Mundelein College Collection to be published on-line and cataloged into the world wide library catalog (OCLC). The records document Mundelein College, Illinois's last all women's college, that operated from 1930-1991.

Des Plaines: Des Plaines History Center
Des Plaines History Digital Repository - $4,000 to digitize a large percentage of photographs in the Des Plaines History Center's collection, which are a key primary source and significant component of historical research, programs, and exhibits.

Lisle: The Morton Arboretum, Sterling Morton Library
May Theilgaard Watts Collection Digitization - $4,317 to purchase digitization equipment to extend a current project to digitize and catalogue unique artwork and archival resources related to author, artist, educator, and ecologist May Theilgaard Watts (1893-1975).

Oak Park: Oak Park Public Library
Engagement Through Access: Promoting Oak Park History Through Online Finding Aids - $2,900 for the implementation of ArchivesSpace, an archives information management application with hosted service and support from Lyrasis. This will ensure that ArchivesSpace will be launched in the most effective way for internal workflows and greatest public access.

Funding for the ISHRAB Historical Records Preservation Grant program was provided by a State Board Programming grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.