The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) receives $850,000 from the Mellon Foundation to support the advancement of racial equity in American archives
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce an $850,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation to support its efforts to advance racial justice in American archives. This funding will enable DPLA to launch a digital equity project to develop community partners and increase partner capacity to lead this work. The three-year project will provide support to underrepresented and underfunded archives and expand DPLA’s ability to support and partner with various archival projects.
“We look forward to partnering with libraries and archives across the country to grow and expand our work with community projects,” said DPLA Director of Community Engagement Shaneé Yvette Willis. “Ultimately, our goal is to advance equity in cultural heritage institutions and create a pathway for libraries and archives across the country to create more equitable and inclusive systems and collections.”
This new project is based on Digital collection for black women’s suffragean effort launched in 2019 to provide access to more than 200,000 archival documents that help tell the story of the critical role black women have played and continue to play in the movement to secure the right to vote for all and the American civil rights movement as a whole.
“We are grateful for the Mellon Foundation’s vote of confidence in our mission to provide equitable access to information for all,” said Denise Stephens, Chair of the DPLA Board of Trustees. “DPLA is committed to empowering institutions and communities that have historically been marginalized and underserved, and this support will allow us to more fully realize this work.”
“The Mellon Foundation’s support accelerates our efforts to ensure that America’s libraries and archives are equipped to help tell an inclusive story of our nation,” said DPLA Executive Director John S. Bracken. “We invite our partners to participate in the development of this work with us.”
DPLA is hosting a project kick-off meeting and information session for current and potential partners on Tuesday, July 19 at 1 p.m. ET. You can register for this event here.
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