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Current / Ongoing Grant Projects

San Francisco Examiner Photograph Archive Project
San Francisco Examiner Photograph Archive Preservation Project
Fang Family San Francisco Examiner Photograph Archive
Philobiblon
Environmental Papers Processing Project
Advanced Papyrological Information System (APIS): Phase III
Bancroft Library Challenge Grant
Loyalty Oath Digital Archive Project
Arthur Brown, Jr. Architectural Records

Completed Grant Projects

Pictorial Collections Stabilization Project
Manuscript Survey Project
Borderlands Collections Project
WWI and WWII Posters Project
NHPRC Bancroft Pictorial Collections Access and Control Project
NEH California Heritage Digital Image Access Project
LSTA Honeyman Collection Digital Archive
NEH American Heritage Virtual Union Database Project
UC EAD Union Database Project
LSTA Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive
NHPRC San Francisco News-Call Bulletin Access and Control Project
Disabled Persons Independence Movement Project
History of Science Biotechnology Project
Free Speech Movement Archive Project
LC/Ameritech Chinese in California Digital Archive Project
Oroville Chinese Temple Project
Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement Project
Berkeley/Columbia Digital Scriptorium
Advanced Papyrological Information System (APIS): Phase I and II
IMLS Museums and the Online Archive of California (MOAC) Project
Exploratorium Papers Project
Grassroots Environmental Oral History Project
UC Regental and Presidential Archives Projects
LSTA 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Digital Archive
NHPRC NAACP Archives Project
APIS MrSid Digital Imaging Project
African American Website Project
NHPRC Women Political Activists Project
Hearst Family Papers Project
David Brower Papers Project


Current / Ongoing Grant Projects

San Francisco Examiner Photograph Archive Project
January 2010 to December 2012
Cataloging Hidden Special Collections & Archives Program ($306,446)
Abstract:
This project will arrange and describe the photograph morgue of the San Francisco Examiner, which comprises a comprehensive documentary record of life in Northern California over 75 years of the 20th century. The archive includes images as diverse as: the 1934 longshoremen's strike, the home front and industry during World War II, North Beach in the era of beatniks, the Black Panther Party, and the 1978 assassination of Mayor Moscone and Supervisor Milk. The project will restore photographic print files now in disarray to their original filing order, enhance description of selected portions of the original negative files, and create an online guide to accessing the contents of this four-million image archive. This project builds on photographic negative preservation and housing work initiated under the Fang Family San Francisco Examiner Photograph Archive project (funded by the NEH, 2007-2009), and a Save America's Treasures preservation grant (awarded by the National Parks Service, 2009-2011).

For more information about this project visit:
http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/info/sfexaminer/


San Francisco Examiner Photograph Archive Preservation Project
June 2009 to May 2011
Save America's Treasures Grant ($158,278)
Abstract:
The San Francisco Examiner Photograph Archive, ca.1920-1990, is the photographic morgue of the Examiner newspaper, at one time the flagship of the Hearst publishing empire. The archive is estimated to consist of 3.6 million negatives and 1 million photographic prints. It constitutes one of the largest holdings of photojournalism in the American West and provides a visual record of life in Northern California. The vast majority of the images taken were never published, thus the negative collection is an untapped reservoir of visual documentation. The grant funds will be used to move the negatives to a cold storage vault, sleeve the most historically important film negatives, and reformat 1,700 of the important and threatened negatives.


Fang Family San Francisco Examiner Photograph Archive
June 1, 2007 to May 30, 2009
National Endowment for the Humanities ($261,356)
Abstract:
This grant, identified as a We The People project will involve the preservation of the Fang Family San Francisco Examiner Photograph Archive. Work will include re-housing of the negative collection, circa 3.5 million images, and re-housing of the print collection, circa 1 million images. In addition, sorting and re-organizing the collection will also be included in the project with the hope that description can be obtained of major components of the collection. A spin-off project to develop a cost-effective business plan will also be pursued in which the viability of scanning approximately 2,500 deteriorating images will be tested.


Philobiblon
June 1, 2007 to May 30, 2008
National Endowment for the Humanities ($69,722)
Abstract:
The upgrading and enhancement of a Web-based bio-bibliographical database, PhiloBiblon, which currently provides access to major projects on the culture of medieval and early modern Spain.


Environmental Papers Processing Project
October 1, 2006 to September 30, 2008
Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation ($113,000)
Abstract:
With support from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, this two-year project will provide access to some of Bancroft Library's rich holdings on environmental activism. The archival records of the organization, Save the Bay, and the personal papers of its founder, Sylvia McLaughlin have been targeted for archival processing.


Advanced Papyrological Information System (APIS): Phase III
July 2000 to Present
Abstract:
A consortium grant administered by Columbia Univ. (P.I.is prof. Roger Bagnall). Participants are UCB (Bancroft), Columbia, Princeton, Yale, Duke,U. of Michigan. Bancroft will conserve, catalog, and digitize 400 of the Tebtunis papyri. Images and cataloguing to be mounted in the APIS database at Duke Univ. Follow-up grants will be submitted to continue and expand the work. Other sources of funding are also being sought. Bancroft has received the lion's share of the present funding because of the great conservation problems with the p.Tebts.


Bancroft Library Challenge Grant
May 1, 2005 to September 1, 2007
National Endowment for the Humanities ($650,000)
Abstract:
This challenge grant focuses on the comprehensive renovation of The Bancroft Library during its seismic retrofit project. The 4:1 match was met ahead of time due to the generosity of donors to the capital campaign.


Loyalty Oath Digital Archive Project
June 1, 2005 to March 30, 2007
David Gardner Fund ($50,000)
Abstract:
Using funds donated by David Gardner, archival sources in the Bancroft Library and the UCLA archives will be selected and digitized to create a single comprehensive resource on the study of the California Loyalty Oath controversy of the 1950's.


Arthur Brown, Jr. Architectural Records
April 1, 2005 to March 30, 2007
Getty Foundation ($249,000)
Abstract:
This two-year project, involving the professional papers of the architect, Arthur Brown, Jr., will be processed and conserved. Brown built a national reputation for his buildings and his work includes the San Francisco City Hall and the Interstate Commerce Commission building in Washington, D.C. His architectural drawings, which number in the thousands, have been properly conserved and housed by the University Library’s Preservation Office. The finding guide, completed last month, to the collection will soon be available to scholars on the Online Archive of California.


Completed Grant Projects

Pictorial Collections Stabilization Project
June 1, 2007 to April 1, 2011
National Endowment for the Humanities ($450,000)
Abstract:
This challenge grant, submitted to the Stabilization of the Humanities program, supported the archival processing of the photograph collection for three years and assisted with the purchase of needed storage equipment and storage facilities for various Pictorial materials, including film negatives, framed art, posters, and oversized photographic images.


Manuscript Survey Project
February 1, 2008 to January 30, 2011
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation ($398,000)
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ($398,000)
Abstract:
These Foundations have provided support for a three-year project to survey the vast backlog of manuscript collections at Bancroft. The project will involve reviewing the contents of the collections, improving content descriptions, enhancing our existing collection management system, providing assessment and appraisal, and prioritizing our processing and cataloging needs.

For more information about the project see:
http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/info/mss_survey/index.html


Borderlands Collections Project
October 1, 2007 to March 30 2009
Abstract:
As a result of this project, finding aids for the following collections are now available online: the papers of Herbert Eugene Bolton, and George P. Hammond; and the Abraham Phineas Nasatir Document Collection. These Spanish Borderlands-related collections include research materials on the areas bordering the southern boundary of the United States. The finding aids are accessible through the Online Archive of California.


WWI and WWII Posters Project
June 1, 2006 to August 30, 2007
Hoffman Estate ($61,000)
Abstract:
Using funds acquired from the estate of Lt. Col. Edward A. Hoffman, the Bancroft's rich holdings of more than 3,000 War posters were cataloged and archivally housed in a 18 month project. A follow-up project will result in digital images linked on an online finding aid.


NHPRC Bancroft Pictorial Collections Access and Control Project
June 1, 1995 to May 31, 1997
Abstract:
Survey collections and create collection-level cataloging records for the Pictorial Collections.


NEH California Heritage Digital Image Access Project
January 1, 1995 to June 30, 1997
Abstract:
Use EAD finding aids and MARC records to provide access to 25,000 digital images of items in Bancroft collections.
California Heritage Digital Collection


LSTA Honeyman Collection Digital Archive
September 1, 1997 to August 30, 1998
Abstract:
Funded by LSTA, this project will provide increased access to the Robert B. Honeyman Jr. Collection. The collection is comprised of more than 2,000 paintings, drawings, prints, lettersheets, etc. related to Early California and Western America. The goal of the project is to create a comprehensive and detailed online finding aid encoded using EAD (Encoded Archival Description), archival digital images of all items in the collection hyperlinked to the online finding aid, and USMARC collection and series level records. The Honeyman Collection Digital Archive will become a core part of the California Heritage Digital Archive and the Online Archive of California.
Honeyman Collection


NEH American Heritage Virtual Union Database Project
July 1, 1996 to September 30, 1997
Abstract:
Create Union Database of EAD finding aids with Stanford, Duke, and University of Virginia.
American Heritage Virtual Archive


UC EAD Union Database Project
October 1, 1996 to September 30, 1999
Abstract:
Create Union Database of EAD finding aids for the 9 campuses of the UC System; UCLA is administrative lead institution; Berkeley is providing the main production center.
Browse the completed finding aids in the Online Archive of California


LSTA Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Records
October 1994 to September 1996 (December 1997)
Abstract:
This project rehoused and refilmed the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Records. It also involved: weeding duplicate materials; processing and integrating additional materials; revising the finding aids and converting it to electronic format with EAD markup. In addition, funding was sufficient to process and film related collections. Although the formal project period ended in September 1996, cost-sharing funds continued to support the processing, but not the filming, of several other ethnic collections through December 1997.
Browse the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Records finding aid online


NHPRC San Francisco News-Call Bulletin Access and Control Project
June 1, 1997 to May 31, 1999
Abstract:
Create collection-level cataloging record and EAD finding aid to describe the Bancroft's Call Bulletin Collection and do selective rehousing of negatives; convert finding aid for National Maritime Museum's Call Bulletin holdings to EAD and create collection-level cataloging record; survey S.F.Public's San Francsico News - Call Bulletin collection and create plan to do an EAD finding aid and collection-level cataloging record for it; create an EAD virtual archive for the entire collection (holdings of all repositories) using EAD group and collection-level and series level cataloging records.


Disabled Persons Independence Movement Project
September 1, 1996 to September 30, 1999 (pending funding for succeeding years)
Abstract:
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Disabled Persons Independence Movement Research and Documentation Project will develop a research platform which documents, preserves, and makes accessible to researchers a major segment of the history of the Independent Living Movement. Create 35 oral history interviews, establish records management guidelines for collaborating organizations, insuring that historical records are preserved; and collect and preserve the records of participating organizations and the papers of movement leaders.


History of Science Biotechnology Project
February 1997 to February 1998
Abstract:
Create five oral history interviews; conduct documentation survey of major individuals and their papers pertaining to the development of biotechnology and produce a collecting program; archival processing of Gunther Stent papers.


UC Regental and Presidential Archives Projects
2000 to 2004
Abstract:
Digitization of the papers of the UC Regents and Presidents in cooperation with the Center for Studies in Higher Education.


Free Speech Movement Archive Project
July 1, 1998 to June 30, 2001
Abstract:
Create digital archive of collections of FSM materials along with digital facsimiles of FSM documents and electronic versions of them. ROHO is creating oral histories with about 30 key participants, including Brad Cleavland, Malcolm Bernstein, and Mary Frantz.


LC/Ameritech Chinese in California Digital Archive Project
September 1, 1999 to September 30, 2001
Abstract:
This project will draw on the extraordinarily rich combined resources of The Bancroft Library and the California Historical Society (CHS) to create a digital archive of Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids bound together as a composite repository guide using and 18,000 digital facsimiles of primary sources documenting the nineteenth and early twentieth century Chinese immigration to California and the West. Included in this documentation is much that reflects the social life, culture, and commerce of these immigrants. Students and teachers, both at the college level and K-12, are particularly concerned to have access to primary source materials as the basis for historical studies and for analysis, interpretation, and application to current immigrant situations. Over a period of 18 months, project staff will select 18,000 manuscripts, photos, documents, and rare printed materials for digital imaging. Curators from the Bancroft Library and CHS will arrange the finding aids for the collections in the composite guide, providing introductory historical notes to describe the aggregate collection. The project archivists will modify electronic versions of the existing finding aids with item-level descriptive captions and combine them into the guide for the composite collection using the feature. The UC Berkeley Library's Library Photographic Service will digitize the images using a flatbed scanner and a digital camera. In a final step before publication, the staff will link up the 18,000 digital images with their corresponding items in the finding aid container lists of the composite guide. The resulting guide, finding aids, and images will be made available on the World Wide Web using INSO Electronic Book Technologies (EBT) DynaText/ DynaWeb, which translates SGML files into HTML on-the-fly. The electronic finding aids and their images will also be linked to catalog records.
Browse the LC/Ameritech Chinese in California Digital Archive


Oroville Chinese Temple Project
Abstract:
Funding to capture digital images of the Oroville Chinese Temple museum to be added to the Online Archive of California.
Oroville Chinese Temple Project


Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement Project
August 2000 to January 2002
Abstract:
This project will create a national platform for comprehensive research on the origins and leadership of the independent living and disability rights movement in the United States. An experienced team will collect and preserve oral histories and archival records of pivotal leaders and key organizations across the country before they are irretrievably lost. The resulting documentation of the formative years of the movement will be widely available for research use, on the Internet and in appropriate archival repositories.

The project includes three main components: oral history interviews with fifty to sixty national and regional leaders of the movement; collection and preservation of historical records in archival repositories; and the creation of a Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement Digital Archive which will make the oral histories. Selected documents, and finding aids to collected materials at all repositories available worldwide on the Internet.


Berkeley/Columbia Digital Scriptorium
May 1, 1999 to April 30, 2001
Abstract:
The project aims to select Latin dated and datable manuscripts (to 1550), describe the manuscripts, transcribe portions of the manuscripts, and provide digitized images of the portions of the manuscripts that are of paleographic interest. In addition, there is a significant economic evaluation analysis which will be conducted by subcontracted economist, Malcolm Getz. The first (and funded) portion of the project will entail the following: Creation of a database of digitized images of medieval manuscripts held at Columbia and Berkeley. Design of a TEI-based DTD for the transcription of medieval mss. Collaboration with the Hill Monastic Library in the design of SGML- and MARC-based detailed and core descriptions of medieval manuscripts. Economic analysis of the base-line costs of traditional methods of using medieval manuscripts, and measurement of the costs avoided through implementation of the new paradigm. Pilot implementation of licensing or pay-per-view arrangements via the RLG/Pica WebDOC project.


Advanced Papyrological Information System (APIS): Phase I and II
I: July 1, 1996 (January 1997) to June 30, 1999
II: July 1, 1998 to June 30, 2000
III: Submitted July 2000
Abstract:

I: A consortium grant administered by Columbia Univ. (P.I.is prof. Roger Bagnall). Participants are UCB (Bancroft), Columbia, Princeton, Yale, Duke,U. of Michigan. Bancroft will conserve, catalog, and digitize 400 of the Tebtunis papyri. Images and cataloguing to be mounted in the APIS database at Duke Univ. Follow-up grants will be submitted to continue and expand the work. Other sources of funding are also being sought. Bancroft has received the lion's share of the present funding because of the great conservation problems with the p.Tebts.

II: Bancroft is a subcontractor to Columbia Univ. Principal Investigator is Prof. Roger Bagnall, Dept. of Classics, Columbia. Tony Bliss, Rare Books Curator, is coordinator for Bancroft. Work plan calls for conserving, cataloguing, and digitizing roughly 1000 Tebtunis Papyri over the term of the grant. This continues work begun in APIS I (1996-1998) and sets the stage for APIS III, to be submitted in July, 2000.
Browse the Advanced Papyrological Information System


IMLS Museums and the Online Archive of California (MOAC) Project
December 31, 1999 to December 30, 2001
Abstract:
This project will develop the first museum implementation of EAD in order to facilitate the integration of museum collections information into the state-wide OAC. The MOAC will create its prototype within the OAC and it will be comprised of EAD finding aids for nineteen collections held by eight California museums and one special collections library. To these finding aids will be linked 35,000 digital facsimiles of the contents of the collections they describe. Five California museums (the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, the Hearst Museum of Anthropology, the Oakland Museum of California, the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, and the UCR/California Museum of Photography) will join the Bancroft Library in developing the testbed. Three other museums (Stanford University Art Museum, Fowler Museum of Cultural History, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), which will not actively participate in the grant, will also contribute collections to the testbed.

The MOAC prototype will be used as a testbed for the museum implementation of EAD, and, as such, it will be one of the first large-scale collaborative projects to attempt to bridge the gap between museums, archives, and libraries by providing standardized access to their collections in the same union database. In this mutually beneficial testbed project, museums will contribute content (about 35,000 records and images described in 16 collections), and expertise in the special considerations of documenting object and pictorial collections as well as in educational applications.


Exploratorium Papers Project
January 1, 2000 to December 30, 2001
Abstract:
The Exploratorium project, jointly funded 3-to-1 by Friends of the Bancroft Library, is collecting, organizing, and conserving the records of one of the world's leading science education museums. Additionally, an online finding aid will be prepared and an ongoing records management plan for the disposition of the institution's future records.


Grassroots Environmental Oral History Project
Fall 1999 to Spring 2001
Abstract:
Oral histories with three individuals selected from organizations representative of grassroots perspectives within the environmental movement, which have worked to broaden the agenda for the movement to incorporate issues of poverty alleviation, cultural preservation, and social equity.

Our proposed work plan includes conducting 25 to 30 hours of tape-recorded interviews to document the perceptions and motivations of activists; the founding, growth, and development of grassroots organizations; the history of important campaigns; and the relationships with government agencies, industry, labor unions, and mainstream environmental organizations. The interviews will be transcribed, lightly edited, deposited in The Bancroft Library, and made available to other libraries and researchers. Working with the Bancroft curator, we will collect supporting archival materials and help to make ties with the organizations which may lead to deposit of signiaficant future records in the Library's environmental collections.


1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Digital Archive
2000 to 2003
Abstract:
The historical documents and images selected for this project form the premier source of digital documentation on the momentous 1906 California Earthquake and Fire. The first year of the project focused on The Bancroft Library and its primary sources. The second and third years of the project will focus on resources located throughout the state. At its conclusion, the project will include some 12,000 digital images and 8,000 pages of electronic text. These important historical materials will then be available to all citizens of California, including students, teachers, and researchers. The ease of access through the World Wide Web will facilitate teaching and research in grade schools, high schools, and collages and universities for generations to come.


NHPRC NAACP Archives Project
January 2002 to March 2005
Abstract:
The Bancroft Library has received funding in the amount of $168,000 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission for a two-year project to fully catalog and index its vast holdings of the Records of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), West Coast Region consisting of 324 record storage boxes. The Bancroft Library has been the official repository for the records of this organization since 1984. The Library intends to organize and store the collection in acid-free file folders and boxes to ensure its continued preservation. It plans to create a detailed finding aid that will be made accessible to the public through the Online Archive of California (OAC), a nationally accessible database of information about archival collections that significantly increases access for researchers.


APIS MrSid Digital Imaging Project
January 2003 to December 2004
Abstract:
The Bancroft Library has received funding in the amount of $15,000 from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation for a one-year project to increase the Internet access to images of its Tebtunis Papyri. With a collection of 27,000 pieces of papyri, the Bancroft Library holds the largest collection of its kind in the United States. In coordination with an ongoing project to catalog the collection, funded by the National Endowment of the Arts, this funding will allow digitized images of the papyri to be greatly enhanced so that researchers can examine minute aspects of a papryrus from their locations around the world.


African American Website Project
December 2002 to February 2004
Abstract:
Through the generosity of the Wells Fargo Foundation, we plan to highlight Afro-American resources in California. There are so many scholarly resources, in a wide variety of formats, and located in so many places that students, faculty, and other researchers can benefit from the creation of an "umbrella" web site that will pull these rich resources together to enhance their exposure and increase their usability. We envision this site to be more than simply a linking list of resources. We wish to create pertinent bibliographies, develop an historical narrative of African Americans in California, and create a visual, chronological story of the influence of African Americans in California.


NHPRC Women Political Activists Project
January 2004 to December 2006
Abstract:
The Bancroft Library has acquired funding from the NHPRC for two years to fully process, arrange, and describe its uncataloged holdings of manuscript collections that fall within the Women Political Activists Collection (WPAC). This portion of the WPAC consists of eight separate manuscript collections totaling over 250 linear feet of material. The Bancroft Library intends to transfer the collections to acid-free file folders and boxes to ensure their continued preservation. It plans to create detailed finding aids that will be made accessible to the public through the Online Archive of California (OAC), a unified database of EAD-encoded finding aids supported by the California Digital Library (CDL).


Hearst Family Papers Project
October 2002 to September 2004
Abstract:
The Bancroft Library has acquired funding from the Hearst Foundation for two years to fully process, arrange, and describe its holdings of Hearst Family Papers, including George Hearst Papers, Hearst Family Papers, ca. 1885-1957, Millicent Hearst Papers, Phoebe Apperson Hearst Papers, and William Randolph Hearst Papers. The Bancroft Library intends to transfer the collections to acid-free file folders and boxes to ensure their continued preservation. It plans to create detailed finding aids that will be made accessible to the public through the Online Archive of California (OAC), a unified database of EAD-encoded finding aids supported by the California Digital Library (CDL) and will microfilm the collections. Scanned portions of the collections will also be made available.


David Brower Papers Project
October 2002 to September 2005
Abstract:
The Bancroft Library has acquired funding from the Power Bar Corporation for three years to fully process, arrange, and describe its holdings of the David Brower Papers, our nation's most prominent contemporary environmentalist. The Bancroft Library intends to transfer the collections to acid-free file folders and boxes to ensure their continued preservation. It plans to create detailed finding aids that will be made accessible to the public through the Online Archive of California (OAC), a unified database of EAD-encoded finding aids supported by the California Digital Library (CDL) and will microfilm the collections. Scanned portions of the collections will also be made available.


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