“𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘕𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦: 𝘔𝘰𝘥𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘌𝘲𝘶𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘚𝘵𝘦𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘱 𝘰𝘧 𝘈𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘈𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘚𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 & 𝘏𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺”
CHRISTIANSBURG –The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has awarded Christiansburg Institute, Inc., in partnership with Virginia Tech Libraries, a grant of $251,052. The successful grant proposal, titled “𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘕𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦: 𝘔𝘰𝘥𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘌𝘲𝘶𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘚𝘵𝘦𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘱 𝘰𝘧 𝘈𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘈𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘚𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 & 𝘏𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺”was awarded as part of the Council’s Digitizing Hidden Collections: Amplifying Unheard Voices grant program.
“Christiansburg Institute is extraordinarily honored to receive, in good partnership with our friends at Virginia Tech University Libraries, a successful grant award from The Council on Library and Information Resources,” said Christiansburg Institute executive director Chris Sanchez. “This generous award will significantly empower Christiansburg Institute with the technological resources and digital infrastructure to continue the critically important work of documenting, interpreting, preserving, and sharing the expansive material culture of the historic Christiansburg Industrial Institute.”
Partners at Virginia Tech Libraries Nathan Hall and Alex Kinnaman said, “We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with the Christiansburg Institute on this grant award and are honored to support the access to resources and culture at the Christiansburg Institute.
Christiansburg Industrial Institute’s history is emblematic of the triumphs and struggles generations of African Americans faced in the Appalachian South during Reconstruction and Jim Crow. Thousands of students passed through its halls during its century of life, leaving behind records from their time at the school.”
The grant will support the digitization of 52,245 manuscript pages, photographs, student newspapers, costumes, and other objects of material culture that speak to the 100-year story of Christiansburg Industrial Institute (1866-1966).
Digital images will be hosted on the Christiansburg Institute Digital Archive and on Virginia Tech’s Southwest Virginia Digital Archive, creating online access to previously inaccessible materials. The databases will be created with alumni input and will be freely accessible to the Christiansburg Institute community, educators, and scholars.