NKU Receives NEH Planning Grant Northern Kentucky University received a $50,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections planning grant to evaluate the environmental climate in which W. Frank Steely Library’s Eva G. Farris Special Collections and Schlachter University Archives stores its historical collections and permanent university records. This planning grant will fund the next phase of work to create a state-of-the-art research archives for NKU and the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky community. Update on Threatened Closure of Georgia Archives Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced in October that the state will restore funding to keep the Georgia State Archives open until the end of the state’s fiscal year on June 30, 2013. For updates on this constantly changing issue, keep an eye on the Friends of Georgia Archives and History website at http://www.fogah.org/. New Study on Today’s Scholars Available Ithaka S+R recently released “Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Historians,” the first in a series of new studies that reveal the needs of today’s scholars and provide guidance for how research support providers can better serve them. The study focuses mostly on changing research practices and has implications for discovery, the use of the archives, and digitization. The study is available at http://www.sr.ithaka.org/research-publications/ supporting-changing-research-practices-historians. A Wicked Acquisition for the University at Albany The University at Albany Libraries acquired the papers of alumnus and Albany native Gregory Maguire, the bestselling author of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, which spawned the Broadway musical Wicked. Maguire’s personal and professional papers, manuscripts, documents, diaries, and memorabilia—a collection spanning more than fifty years to date—will be stored in the University at Albany Libraries’ M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives to serve as a resource for scholarly research on his literary career and on the subjects of his many works. Collections Shed Light on New York Students The Syracuse University Archives recently completed processing the Genesee College and Genesee Wesleyan Seminary Collections—a project made possible through a grant from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. These collections offer insight into the lives of students in New York State in the mid- to late-nineteenth century and early twentieth century. The records document early co-educational secondary and higher education in New York State and provide information concerning courses, tuition, discipline, students, and faculty. Much of the collections comprise bound volumes of student and departmental accounts, along with indexes of students, scrapbooks, student society programs, and catalogues.
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