Mellon Grant

Press Release

ATLANTA, Georgia, February 22, 2021 – The Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library in partnership with Project STAND has received generous funding of $750,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a three-year project: Building Capacity, Ethical Documentation and Archiving of Student Activism in BIPOC Communities. The projectwill advance the community archiving of social justice initiatives among former and current college and university students of color. The AUC Woodruff Library and Project STAND will collaborate with the University of Maryland Libraries (College Park), and the 65 Project STAND consortium member institutions to support the archiving and accessibility of documentation of organizing and activism among Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) students. Read More

Project STAND and AUC Woodruff Residency

Project STAND and the AUC Woodruff Library will host a one-week virtual residency September 13-17. The residency will invite six individuals to serve in a cohort to create an online educational resource as part of an Archiving Student Activism toolkit. The cohort aims to include a cross-section of information professionals, memory workers, scholars, professors, historians, and others interested in the ethical documentation of student activism in marginalized communities. The theme for our first residency is: Archiving in Black: Student Organizing at HBCU’s and Cross-Cultural Movements. Application here

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Project STAND and AUC Woodruff Micro-Grant: 80K to Support Digitization Projects

Project STAND’s commitment to social justice has not waivered since the consortium’s inception, the latest wave of the Black Lives Matter Movement provides a backdrop for the increased advocacy of collections on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) resistance. The support for institutions in need of financial resources to broaden access to archival collections related to student activism among underrepresented communities is a priority for Project STAND.

Through the generosity of The Mellon Foundation, partners in the “Building Capacity in the Ethical Documentation and Archiving of Student Activism in BIPOC Communities” grant project – Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library and Project STAND – are soliciting proposals for projects costing up to $8,000 to preserve and digitize historical student activist records. 

Preference is given to applications from current members of Project STAND, but successful applications can be submitted from other institutions based on financial need and/or eligibility of the proposed project. Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other community or non-profit institutions focused on documenting people of color are encouraged to apply for the micro-grant here.  

Archive-It applications are available here

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None of this work would be possible without the generous support of the Mellon Foundation