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University Libraries Receive Grant for "Textiles, Teachers and Troops"

The University Libraries have been informed by the State Library of North Carolina that it has received a 2012-2013 LSTA Project Digitization Grant in the amount of $203,910. The grant will fund a project called Textiles, Teachers, and Troops: Greensboro, North Carolina, 1881-1945. Digital Projects Coordinator David Gwynn, is the principal investigator for the grant.

Textiles, Teachers, and Troops: Greensboro, North Carolina, 1881-1945 will make available some 165,000 digital images including photographs, manuscripts, rare books, scrapbooks, printed materials, and oral histories documenting the social and cultural development of Greensboro. For the first time, all five colleges and universities in Greensboro, along with the Greensboro Historical Museum, will be collaborating on a project to make primary source materials available online. The participating colleges and universities are UNCG, N.C. A&T State University, Guilford College, Bennett College and Greensboro College. 

By documenting the vitally important influence of the textile industry, public and postsecondary education, and the massive World War II military presence, Textiles, Teachers, and Troops will provide context for understanding the growth of Greensboro from a town of two thousand residents into one of the leading manufacturing and education centers in the Southeast. The project will display these new materials alongside a large body of material already digitized by the partners and will, we hope, provide the initial content for a larger community-based history portal.

For more information, see the Digital Projects blog post.