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Historical Records Preservation Grant Program Winners


The Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board has awarded Historical Records Preservation Grants to 6 Illinois historical records repositories to develop and/or carry out projects to identify, preserve, access and use historical records in Illinois. The following organizations received grants for their historical records projects.

Bloomington: McLean County Museum of History
Preserve and Index Pantagraph Photo Negative Collection
$1,194 to purchase acid-free negative storage envelopes for the preservation of approximately 6,300 photograph negatives from the local newspaper, The Pantagraph, spanning the years 1934–1939.

Chicago: Chicago Film Archive
Digitizing the Ruth Page Video Archive
$2,500 to begin digitizing the Ruth Page Video Archives which consists of 130 tapes that include hours of interviews with choreographer and Chicago dance giant, Ruth Page; dancers Maria Tallchief, Delores Lipinski, and Larry Long; and dance company performances.

Freeport: Stephenson County Historical Museum
Rehousing and Digitizing the Taylor Family Historic Glass Plate Negative Collection
$2,254 to rehouse and digitize approximately 1,150 glass plate negatives that include images which provide valuable insight into the life of a prominent local family in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Peoria: Peoria Historical Society
Create a Relational Database for Public Access to Peoria Historical Society Records
$2,500 to hire staff to create a database that will provide accessibility to the Peoria Historical Society’s historical records collection.

Peru: Peru Public Library
Preserving Oral History Interviews
$2,500 to digitize 97 audio tapes and accompanying transcripts of Illinois Oral History Interviews that are currently inaccessible due to disintegration.

Tuscola: Museum Association of Douglas County
Douglas County History: From Donut Boxes to Accessible Archives
$4,891 to properly accession, accurately catalog, and correctly store Douglas County archival materials that were previously stored in donut boxes.

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