Michigan State University

Past Library Grant Projects

Michigan Farming Journals Digitization and Conservation Project

MSU Libraries received $11,072 in funding to digitize and conserve three historical Michigan farming publications via Project Ceres, a collaboration between the United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN), the Agriculture Network Information Collaborative (AgNIC), and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL). The three titles--Michigan Farmer and Livestock Journal (1909-1928), Michigan Farmer and State Journal of Agriculture – Household Supplement (1884-1893), and Michigan Business Farming/Michigan Business Farmer (1912-1928)--are now freely available to researchers via the MSU Libraries' digital repository.

What America Ate

MSU Libraries collaborated on a National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation and Access Grant to create a digital archive and interactive website on food during the Great Depression, by digitizing rare local community and charity cookbooks and food marketing materials held in Special Collections. The cookbooks, produced by small organizations like churches, clubs, and schools from 1930 to 1940, provide unique insight into what Americans were actually cooking and eating during the Depression; food advertisements and packaging, from the Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Culinary Ephemera Collection, highlight how technological and commercial forces were shaping American eating in this era. See the What America Ate project website for more information.

Women's Overseas Service League: Oral Histories

The Vincent Voice Library was awarded a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to support digitization, item-level cataloging, bit-level preservation, and web dissemination of approximately 150 audio interviews with American women who served overseas during the Great War, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, and the Gulf War. The recordings, transcripts and ephemera are now available in the Women’s Overseas Service League Oral History digital collection.  

Building a Unique Children's and Young Adult Literature Collection to Support Diversity and Inclusion at MSU Libraries

The Libraries received a $20,000 Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant from MSU's Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives to establish a collection of diversity-related children's and young adult literature to support students in teacher education. See the Multicultural and Diverse Children's Literature guide for a complete list of titles.

Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys

MSU Libraries received a National Endowment for the Humanities/American Library Association award of $4,500 to host a series of scholar-led book discussion programs  on the theme Pathways of Faith, led by Associate Professor Mohammad Khalil (MSU Muslim Studies Program/Department of Religious Studies). Community partners included East Lansing Area Clergy Association, Islamic Society of Greater Lansing, and the Michigan Humanities Council.