Claremont Colleges Library Receives National Award to Digitize California Water Resources

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has awarded the Claremont Colleges Library a $333,574 grant for the project “Digitizing Southern California Water Resources,” which will digitize and help preserve primary source documentation of water history in California. The Pomona College-led initiative is one of 17 projects awarded a CLIR 2016 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant, a program funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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This CLIR award serves as a model project for the Claremont College Libraries, allowing us to partner with Pomona College and six regional special collections to digitize large quantities of primary source materials and make them widely available for research via the web.  We’re especially excited to be collaborating with two California State Universities, three public libraries, and a regional branch of the National Archives.  Most of the award will be channeled to students, who will digitize the materials.  As part of the program, the students will be trained in archival digitization best practices and research methods.
The full list of CLIR Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards is available at: