Announcement of the 2016 RBDB Member Project Grant Proposals

WNYLRC is pleased to announce the 2016 RBDB Member Project Grant awardees.  As you probably know, funds for the Regional Bibliographic Data Bases and Interlibrary Resources Sharing Program (RBDB) have a primary purpose of promoting resource sharing throughout our region.  RBDB is a state grant program provided to the NY 3Rs and are locally overseen by WNYLRC’s Regional Advisory Committee (RAC).  The proposals must show how the projects will enhance access to information within the region and they must adhere to the WNYLRC Guiding Principles.

This year’s project grants will go to:

Chautauqua Cattaraugus Library System–“Chautauqua County Historic Newspapers”
Funded:  $10,000 for the proposal to digitize newspapers on microfilm including:

  1.  Dunkirk Observer 1909-1923
  2.  Jamestown Journal 1826-1881
  3.  Jamestown Evening Journal 1882-June 1943
  4.  Jamestown Morning Post January 1915-April 20, 1929
  5.  Jamestown Sun April 28, 1949-June 1962
  6. The Post-Journal June 1943-present

State University of New York at Fredonia–“Archives of the Holland Land Company Digitization Project”
Funded:  $7,730 for digitizing the entire Daniel A. Reed Library microfilm holdings of the Archives of the Holland Land Company in order to provide access to records that complement the Holland Land Company maps already in NY Heritage

Marion H. Skidmore Library, Lily Dale Assembly–“The Sunflower Spiritualist Newspaper”
Funded:  $7,640 for digitizing a Spiritualist newspaper “The Sunflower” for the years 1900-1905 & 1906-1907

Museum of disAbility History–“J.N. Adams Memorial Hospital:  Digitization Project”
Funded:  $2,165 to digitize magazines and postcards chronicling life within the J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital
including Grit-Grin published between 1928 and 1939 which was produced by hospital residents and offers
valuable insight into this isolated community which operated as a tuberculosis sanitarium

University Libraries, University at Buffalo–“Digitization of Local Women’s History, Phase Three:  Zonta
Funded:  $6,680 to digitize 200 photographs, archival documents and ephemeral items documenting the important
persons and events associated with the local Buffalo chapter of Zonta International and its distinguished history of
service and advocacy for the empowerment of women

University Libraries, University at Buffalo–“Digitization of Polish American Pamphlet Collection”
Funded:  $5,000 to digitize 100 paged booklets that document specific events at local cultural organizations, including churches, libraries, theaters and community centers.  A majority of the materials are from 1940s to the late 1970s