Graphic with IMLS and State Library logos and text - LSTA Metadata Mini-Grant
December 17, 2020

We are pleased to announce that the State Library of Ohio has awarded over $29,000 in Metadata Mini-Grants to empower five libraries, one museum, and one cultural heritage organization to prepare their collections for the Ohio Digital Network (ODN) and Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Libraries of all types, museums, and cultural heritage organizations were eligible to apply for a State Library Metadata Mini-Grant for up to $4,999 in federal LSTA funds. The awarded funds may be used to pay metadata contractors, vendors, or obtain other services (including digitization) needed to ensure their collections meet the ODN and DPLA metadata application profile guidelines.

The seven institutions awarded Metadata Mini-Grants are Case Western Reserve University/Kelvin Smith Library, Cleveland State University/Michael Schwartz Library, Community Library in Sunbury, Kent Historical Society and Museum, The King Arts Complex, Marietta College/Legacy Library, and Wright State University/University Libraries Special Collections and Archives. They will work on their collections from January through September of 2021, at which time they will be added to DPLA, as a part of the Ohio Digital Network.

“Ohio’s leadership in the national landscape for digital libraries has provided a strong foundation on which libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage organizations can include local collections to enrich Ohio’s presence in the DPLA,” said Wendy Knapp, State Librarian of Ohio. “By assuring national metadata standards are met, each institution is making their collections more discoverable to students, researchers, historians, or anyone else interested in Ohio’s history.”

As Ohio’s service hub for the DPLA, ODN is working to make digital collections from all ODN cultural heritage institutions more accessible to the world. DPLA serves as a portal to over 40 million cultural heritage items from libraries, museums, and archives across the country. Freely accessible to all, DPLA empowers people to learn, grow, and contribute to a diverse and better-functioning society by maximizing access to our shared history, culture, and knowledge. Click here to view available items from ODN in DPLA.

“The State Library Board is thrilled to help make it possible for even more Ohio cultural heritage institutions to share the state’s rich history—online with the broad array of users of the Digital Public Library of America,” expressed State Library Board member Janet Carleton. “In a few months, school children—and researchers of all kinds—can easily locate photos of daily life of mid-century Columbus-area African Americans, or see the adventures of Dayton’s Wright Brothers as they work towards mechanical flight, and more.”

The awarded grants include:

Case Western Reserve University/Kelvin Smith Library, Cleveland
Cleveland Play House (CPH) Production Photographs Collection

In 2011, the Kelvin Smith Library acquired the Archives of the Cleveland Play House. Founded in 1915, the Cleveland Play House is America’s first professional regional theater. The archives include correspondence, photographs, posters, legal and financial records, design drawings, and audio and video tapes from the founding of the Play House through 2011. Spanning nearly 100 years, the CPH Production Photographs collection, numbering over 6,000 still images, has been digitized and is accessible online. The collection offers an expansive look at the development of regional theater productions from the view of the audience, backstage, and during rehearsals. The grant will be used to ensure the collection meets the ODN and DPLA metadata application profile guidelines.

Depositing the production photographs, and later, other materials from the CPH collection, into DPLA, will give researchers unfettered access to a comprehensive catalog of theater history, showcasing it alongside similar collections from the New York Public Library, University of Utah, and Tarrant County College. A significant part of Cleveland’s cultural heritage, CPH has long participated in partnerships and collaborations with community organizations. CPH was an early adopter of children’s theater and community-based educational programming and continues to promote and elevate the works of emerging actors and playwrights.

Cleveland State University/Michael Schwartz Library, Cleveland
The William Wynne Photographic Collection

William Wynne, who is 98, was a professional photojournalist for Cleveland’s morning newspaper, The Plain Dealer, and in that capacity recorded many of the events of the day. Mr. Wynne donated the collection which consists of photographs, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks (including letters and notes) mostly documenting Cleveland area history and news stories for The Plain Dealer newspaper. Subjects documented within this collection include animals, the arts, celebrities, civil and human rights, industry, nature, as well as political, religious, and sporting figures and events. Additional topics beyond the Northern Ohio area are covered in the collection. The digitization process commenced earlier this year. The grant will be used to ensure the collection meets the ODN and DPLA metadata application profile guidelines.

Community Library, Sunbury
Local History Archive

These digital collections are part of Delaware County Memory and include books, Civil War letters, maps, family histories, graduating class photos, glass plate negatives, stereographs, scrapbooks, videos, and public records such as Delaware County marriage, death, tax and will records. Delaware County Memory is an ongoing collaborative project between libraries, governmental offices, local historical societies, and other local archives throughout Delaware County. The Community Library will utilize the grant funding to ensure the collection meets the ODN and DPLA metadata application profile guidelines.

Kent Historical Society and Museum, Kent
Oral History Collection

The Kent Oral History Project— started in the early 1980s by the Kent Historical Society as part of its mission to preserve the town’s history— consists of more than 200 recorded interviews with local residents discussing their personal experiences and perspectives on life in Kent, Ohio. The Kent Oral History Project collection is part of Ohio Memory. Grant funding will be used to add metadata to the records and ensure the collection meets the ODN and DPLA metadata application profile guidelines.

Many of the oral history files include experiences around the May 4, 1970 campus shootings at Kent State, in addition to many interviewees that provide rich recollections of Kent, Ohio at the beginning of the 20th century. These recollections also include the experiences around the railroad industry, as the Kent hub was a busy one. They give voice to the day-to-day life experience of individuals who have not been historically prioritized in textbooks. This includes members of the Black community and their unique experiences in the armed forces as well as entrepreneurial women.

The King Arts Complex, Columbus
Photograph Collection

The King Arts Complex photograph collection consists of over 6,000 photographs of the African American community in Columbus, Ohio, from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. The photographs were donated to the KAC. Most of the images were used for the Call and Post newspaper. Images that show community events such as the Star Lite Cotillion, basketball tournaments, and community performances bring alive what it was like for African Americans living in Columbus during this time. The Metadata Mini-Grant award will be used for digitization and metadata.

Marietta College/Legacy Library, Marietta
Thomas Dwight Biscoe Collection

Thomas Dwight Biscoe (1840-1930) was professor of sciences at Marietta College from 1874 to 1907 and an avid photographer. This collection consists of 460 photographic negatives and prints. The first portion of the Thomas Dwight Biscoe collection contains photographs of Biscoe’s “Allegheny Valley Tour,” a trip which he took through West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania in 1884. The photographs from the tour document scenery, people and communities, and Civil War battle fields. The Metadata Mini-Grant award will be used for digitization and to add metadata to new and existing records.

Wright State University/University Libraries Special Collections and Archives, Dayton
Wright Brothers Collection Photographs

The Wright Brothers Collection at Wright State University Libraries is one of the most complete collections of Wright Brothers material in the world. The more than 2,000 photographs in the collection document the invention of the airplane and the lives of the Wright Family, and they are among the most requested items in our holdings. The images are requested by scholars, school age children, publishers and authors, documentarians and producers, and those simply inspired by the story of two brothers from Dayton, Ohio, who had a dream and changed the world. The Metadata Mini-Grant award will be used to prepare metadata for ODN and DPLA.

The State Library of Ohio administers Ohio’s LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) program, funded through the independent federal agency IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services).

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