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Special Collections and Archives Receives NHPRC Grant

NHPRC LogoCal Poly Pomona Special Collections and Archives was selected as a recipient for an 18-month federally funded grant project from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) Access to Historical Records: Archival Projects in the amount of $96,328. The project, "As California Goes, So Goes the Nation: Immigration, Agriculture, Public Policy, and Pop Culture throughout the 20th Century," will begin on October 1, 2017 and end on March 31, 2019. Special Collections and Archives will hire a Project Archivist and student assistant to work alongside Special Collections faculty and staff, to process 600 linear feet of archival materials and create or enhance 53 EAD finding aids and MARC records. Archival materials from all four of the unit’s main collecting areas will be processed as part of the grant (University Archives, W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library, Pomona Valley Historical Collection, and Southern California Wine and Wine Industry Collection). Completed inventories will be made available via three different catalogs including the Online Archive of California, ArchiveGrid, and the Library catalog in order to increase public access and raise awareness of these rich collections.

This grant project is essential to the unit’s overall goal of eliminating their current backlog of unprocessed archival materials within the next five years. It will also facilitate the development of policies and procedures for acquiring, accessioning, and processing archival materials moving forward. This will be an important step in gaining a deeper understanding of our campus history and the surrounding areas. Cal Poly Pomona Special Collections and Archives is grateful to NHPRC for funding this project.

For questions about the project or Special Collections please contract Katie Richardson, Head of Special Collections and Archives, at