The New-York Historical Society Receives Council on Library and Information Resources’ 2011 Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives Award
Grant of $255,700 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded for American Almanac Collection
New York, NY December 21, 2011—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) announced that the New-York Historical Society has received a 2011 Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives award, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, for the American Almanac Collection.
This two-year year project, led by Henry Raine, Director of Digital Programs and Library Technical Services, will allow the New-York Historical Society to catalog a collection of approximately 5,500 eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth century American almanacs, greatly increasing scholarly access. Most of the collection’s almanacs, including an estimated 600 almanacs dating from before the year 1801, were published in New York State, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire, but it also includes representative examples from other states east and west of the Mississippi. Highlights include the only known copies of early eighteenth-century editions of Daniel Leeds's American Almanack, printed in New York by William Bradford; the earliest almanac printed in New Jersey, Poor Roger, 1760; and Confederate almanacs printed in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Mobile, Alabama, and Charleston, South Carolina.
More details on this year's CLIR hidden collection projects can be found at http://www.clir.org/hiddencollections/awards/index2011.html.
Created in 2008 and supported by ongoing funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards program supports the identification and cataloging of special collections and archives of high scholarly value that are difficult or impossible to locate. Award recipients create web-accessible records according to standards that enable the federation of their local cataloging entries into larger groups of related records, enabling the broadest possible exposure to the scholarly community.
About the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library
The New-York Historical Society’s Patricia D. Klingenstein Library is one of the oldest and most distinguished in the United States, containing more than three million books, pamphlets, maps, atlases, newspapers, broadsides, music sheets, manuscripts, prints, photographs and architectural drawings. The Klingenstein Library is one of only sixteen libraries in the United States qualified to be a member of the Independent Research Libraries Association. Among its collections are far-ranging materials relating to the founding and early history of the nation; one of the best collections of eighteenth-century newspapers in the United States; an outstanding collection of materials documenting slavery and Reconstruction; an exceptional collection of Civil War material, including Ulysses S. Grant’s terms of surrender for Robert E. Lee; collections relating to trials in the United States prior to 1860; American fiction, poetry and belles-lettres prior to 1850; a broad range of materials relating to the history of the circus; and American travel accounts from the colonial era to the present day.