Archives of American Art Receives Second Multimillion Dollar Grant to Support Digitization Project

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WASHINGTON, DC.- The Terra Foundation for American Art has awarded a $3 million grant to the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art to support another five years of the Archives’ digitization project and to fund a new position that will create and oversee related online scholarly and educational outreach initiatives. With this second grant, the Terra Foundation has committed more than $6.6 million over a 10-year period. Founded in 1954, the Archives is the world’s largest and most widely used resource on the history of American art, with vast holdings of art-related photographs, sketches, letters and diaries. Over the next five years, a substantial number of its most-requested documents will be prepared, scanned and made available on the Archives’ website, www.aaa.si.edu. Grant monies also will enable the Archives to further develop Web technologies to support various social media formats and digital humanities scholarship. Beg