Category Archives: Gifts & Grants

Mellon Supports Columbia and Cornell Partnership

The Columbia University Libraries has been awarded $385,000 from the Mellon Foundation to lay the groundwork for a new collaboration with Cornell University Library. The collaboration envisaged is a major departure from conventional partnerships in that it seeks to integrate 30% of operations, resources, services, and collections within the initial timeframe.  Dubbed “2CUL,” this partnership will leverage the strengths in each organization while reducing redundancies and inefficiencies.

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IEEE Foundation Grants $25,000 to RBML

The IEEE Foundation awarded a grant of $25,000 to the RBML to support the processing of the Edwin H. Armstrong Papers. Edwin H. Armstrong’s innovations and inventions are fundamental to modern radio and television. This project will conserve, organize, and provide access to his papers.

Kress Supports the Andrew Alpern Catalogue

The Samuel H. Kress Foundation has contributed $9,000 towards the Avery Library’s publication of the forthcoming Catalogue of the Andrew Alpern Collection of Drawing Instruments, which contains 18th to 20th century drawing instruments that span over 250 years of architectural craftsmanship. The collection was assembled gradually over 40 years as an outgrowth of the architectural studies and practice of Andrew Alpern.

Booth Ferris Awards Columbia $200,000

Columbia University has received a $200,000 grant from the Booth Ferris Foundation to support the Integrated Science Library to be housed in the University’s new Northwest Corner Building for interdisciplinary science research. The library, scheduled to open in 2010, will feature a digital science center providing research and data support for students and faculty in a high-end, technology-rich facility, with flexible spaces for collaborative work, and core literature along with current reading collections in the sciences.  For the full press release, please go to:

NHPRC renews support for The Selected Papers of John Jay

Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library received a one-year $150,000 grant from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for continued support of The Selected Papers of John Jay project.  Work on the project has been supported by the NHPRC since 2004.  For the full press release, please go to:

Delmas Foundation supports Woodlawn Archive

The Columbia University Libraries received a $15,000 grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to process and preserve correspondence, financial records, and photographs collected in the University’s Woodlawn Cemetery Archive. The Woodlawn Cemetery Archive documents the history of the grounds, mausoleums, monuments, and operations of this cemetery, which was founded in 1863 in The Bronx and is one of the largest in the United States. For the full press release, please go to:


New Mellon Award

The Libraries received a $716,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop and implement a program for incorporating web content into the Libraries’ collections. Building on the results of a planning grant completed in 2008, the new three-year project will establish best practices for collecting, managing, preserving, and providing access to at-risk digital content, specifically in the subject area of human rights.

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The Bay and Paul Foundations

The Bay and Paul Foundations awarded a grant to RBML for the care of archives of the Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research. This new grant will pay for graduate students to process the collection. Bay and Paul has been an important contributor to the Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research since 2005.

J.C.C. Fund Supports Starr Library

The C. V. Starr East Asian Library received renewed support from the Japanese Chamber of Commerce (J.C.C.) Fund for collection building in the area of Japanese studies. The J.C.C. Fund has contributed to the Starr Library for the past several years.

Kress Funds Museum License Study

The Copyright Advisory Office received a grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to undertake a study analyzing license agreements from a sample of museums. The purpose of this project is to compare copyright law as it applies to providing photographic reproductions or other images of art objects in museum collections for use in research, teaching, and publication.