IMLS grant awarded

Posted by Marnie Leist on 07/10/2020

Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant Awarded to Share Archive

With a $59,363 grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the Shawnee Tribe Cultural Center will conduct the Nilekiwe Yesilawiwaci Sharing History project. The project will inventory, rehousing and partially digitize the Roe/Warren archive, a collection of more than 4,000 documents. The records describe Shawnee lifeways and chart the cultural changes that shaped Shawnee culture today. Shawnee citizens will be able to access documents so that they may learn about their history, compare historical accounts to oral histories, and develop publications and programs that include Shawnee perspectives, traditional knowledge, and religious beliefs.

Over the course of the grant, staff will complete archives training, inventory the archive, rehouse items in archival materials and transfer antiquated media to current types. They will then digitize about 750 items and make publicly available about 500 records in the content management system.

STCC Director Marnie Leist explains, “Shawnee citizens and the public will benefit from the project in multiple ways. Scholars, educators, citizens and the public often contact the center for information about Shawnee heritage, but currently we have little to offer. The inventory, rehousing, and digitization of the Noe/Warren archive will significantly advance the dissemination of information about Shawnee people, fulfilling a community need.”

"As pillars of our communities, libraries and museums bring people together by providing important programs, services, and collections. These institutions are trusted spaces where people can learn, explore and grow,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “IMLS is proud to support their initiatives through our grants as they educate and enhance their communities."