DSU Archives Awarded $145,194 Grant


DSU’s Archives and Special Collections in the William C. Jason Library has been awarded a two-year, $145,194 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Museum Grants for African-American History and Culture program.

Emily Cottle, University archivist, says the grant will provide her with intern assistance to help maintain the archive and collections rooms such as the Delaware Room in this photo.

Emily R. Cottle, University archivist and special collections librarian, is the project director for this grant. She was hired as the University’s first-ever archivist in June 2012.

The funds will be used to establish an archival fellowship program. Two nine-month archival fellows as well as two summer interns will be hired during the project. The program will provide recent graduates with valuable hands-on experience in a wide range of archival responsibilities. Collection materials will be arranged, described, and made available for use by faculty, students, alumni, and the general public. The second year of the project will culminate in the creation of a historic campus walking tour.

The project will commence on October 1, 2013 and run through 2015.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Its grant making, policy development and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.