Saturday, May 4, 2013

NEH Grant provides funds for Coal, Camps, and Railroads Project

UK Libraries has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for the Coal, Camps, and Railroads project. Over 130 cubic feet of portions of the Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection will be selectively digitized, focusing on 189 years of economic development in the Eastern Kentucky coalfield from 1788 to 1976.

The materials document the search for, extraction of, and distribution of coal, oil, and natural gas resources; the creation of railroads to bring these raw materials to industrial manufacturers and electrical power generators across the United States; and the company towns, their services, and the individual lives that grew up to sustain and make possible this economic development.

Deirdre Scaggs, Associate Dean for Special Collections and Mary Molinaro, Associate Dean for Library Technologies will serve as lead investigators for this $278,000 project.  

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