Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences

Program Goals

The program aims to support collaborative and creative use of resources through the creation of digital content of enduring value to the Cornell community and scholarship at large. Application process does not require any expertise — all you need is a good idea as the Library’s visual resources team will guide you through the application process. The program, funded by the College of Arts of Sciences and coordinated by the Cornell University Library, was developed by the Arts and Sciences Visual Resources Advisory Group. Visit Cornell University Library’s visual resources page for more information about our services.

Examples of proposals that are within the scope of the grants program include:

  • Creating new digital collections that are based on resources regularly used in teaching or research, including lecture notes, slides, photographs, printed documents, and manuscripts.
  • Digitizing collections that are already held by the Cornell University, which are instrumental in supporting learning, teaching, and research at Cornell. (Final selection of materials will be subject to ability to clear copyright, if required.)
  • Converting materials held by other cultural institutions, and that will support teaching and research at Cornell — especially combining dispersed resources to create new and enriched ones. (Final selection of materials will be subject to ability to clear copyright, if required.)
  • For examples of projects within the context of the grants program, see the list of awards from previous years.

The emphasis is on building a library of resources to support a range of scholarly activities in the College of Arts and Science and at Cornell in general rather than creating teaching applications or custom-designed web sites for a specific course. The digital collections created through this grants program will become a part of Cornell University Library's digital library.

Individual project awards will be in the range of $5,000+ in the form of digital collection development services and systems provided by the Library, collaboration planning, and wages or summer stipends for research assistants. Collaborative projects that combine internal and external funding and other special programs are welcome.

For more information or an initial assessment of a project idea, please email dcaps@cornell.edu or call (607)255-2308

Selection Criteria

The grant program is open to Cornell faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Library particularly encourages projects that:

  • Increase the availability, and consequently the use of a collection of demonstrated scholarly significance
  • Identify collections from the Cornell University that are important and should be accessed online by a large community
  • Demonstrate strong interest within the academic community for access to the collection
  • Contribute significantly to the existing digital collections such as the ones included in the Cornell University Library’s digital library.
  • Support the College’s subject strengths