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Research Inventory Grant
Hanover, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

Half-Hulls in Hanover: Inventorying One Town's Shipbuilding PastHanover Historical Societymore

Support for the production of an annotated catalog of documents and artifacts related to the history of shipbuilding on the North River.

Hanover Historical Society
Hanover, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: John Galluzo
awarded on: 2019-05-13
amount: $2,000

Creation of a finding aid for a collection of Jack Kerouac's papers recently gifted to the University.

University of Massachusetts Lowell
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Michael Millner
awarded on: 2019-05-13
amount: $2,000
Research Inventory Grant
Mansfield, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

Mansfield Public Library Local Newspaper Digitization ProjectMansfield Public Librarymore

Digitization of 30 reels of the Mansfield News, a local newspaper dating back to 1873.

Mansfield Public Library
Mansfield, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

project director: Whitney Brown
awarded on: 2019-05-13
amount: $2,000
Research Inventory Grant
Lee, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Lee Historical Society Archive Inventory and Finding AidLee Historical Societymore

Inventory and creation of a finding aid for Lee Historical Society's collection.

Lee Historical Society
Lee, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Millard Eckert
awarded on: 2019-05-13
amount: $2,000
Research Inventory Grant
Sharon, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

The Eugene Tappan PapersSharon Public Librarymore

Reparation and digitization of the papers of Eugene Tappan (1840-1908), the town's first historian, and creation of a finding aid.

Sharon Public Library
Sharon, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

project director: Lee Ann Amend
awarded on: 2019-05-13
amount: $2,000
Research Inventory Grant
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

Preservation of Auburn's Winfried P Sommerfeld Photographic ArchivePhotographic Preservation Centermore

Inventory, organization, and digitization of items from the collection of photographer Winfried Sommerfeld.

Photographic Preservation Center
Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

project director: Fred Mirliani
awarded on: 2019-05-13
amount: $2,000

A reorganization of archival documents and electronic inventories to create a searchable, accessible inventory for both scholars and the public.

Lowell Historical Society
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Anthony Sampas
awarded on: 2018-07-30
amount: $2,000
Research Inventory Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Rediscovering Chester Square: A Lost Park in the South EndSouth End Historical Societymore

Inventory and creation of a finding aid for recently obtained records from the Chester Square Area Neighborhood Association.

South End Historical Society
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Lauren Prescott
awarded on: 2018-05-14
amount: $2,000
Research Inventory Grant
Brewster, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

People and Places from Brewster's PastBrewster Historical Societymore

Inventory and creation of a searchable catalog of the Society's Photographic Collection.

Brewster Historical Society
Brewster, MA, Barnstable County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Teresa Lamperti
awarded on: 2018-05-14
amount: $2,000
Research Inventory Grant
Haverhill, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Fruitlands Shakers: New Collection/New AudiencesThe Trustees of Reservationsmore

Inventory and processing of the Fruitlands Shaker Collection of journals, church membership logs, sermons, and financial records.
(project website)

The Trustees of Reservations
Haverhill, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Alison Bassett
awarded on: 2018-05-14
amount: $2,000
Research Inventory Grant
Wellesley Hills, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

Denton Family Collection at Wellesley Historical SocietyWellesley Historical Societymore

Necessary re-processing of a portion of the Denton Family Collection.

Wellesley Historical Society
Wellesley Hills, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Kathleen D. Fahey
awarded on: 2018-05-14
amount: $2,000

Inventory and make public their William Wood collection of photographs, maps, and publications.

Andover Historical Society
Andover, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Elaine Clements
awarded on: 2017-11-09
amount: $2,000
Research Inventory Grant
Douglas, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Douglas Historical InitiativeSimon Fairfield Public Librarymore

Inventory and processing of the Douglas Historical Society's Coppola Collection.

Simon Fairfield Public Library
Douglas, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Justin Snook
awarded on: 2017-11-06
amount: $2,000
Research Inventory Grant
Sharon, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

Sharon Public Library Newspaper Digitization ProjectSharon Public Librarymore

Digitization of the local Sharon Advocate Newspaper archive and make it available online to patrons.

Sharon Public Library
Sharon, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

project director: Lee Ann Amend
awarded on: 2017-11-06
amount: $2,000

Inventory and scanning of Wistariahurst Museum's Holyoke and Carlos Vegas/Latino History Collections in order to provide a searchable documentation of Holyoke's black populations.

Historic Holyoke at Wistariahurst
Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

project director: Penni Martorell
awarded on: 2017-11-06
amount: $2,000

An inventory of the papers of Theresa-India Young, noted fiber artist, educator, community organizer, and activist.

University of Massachusetts Boston
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Meghan Bailey
awarded on: 2017-07-17
amount: $2,000

Photographing and inventory of 260 eighteenth?century gravestones in Medfield's Vine Lake Cemetery.
(project website)

Vine Lake Preservation Trust
Medfield, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Elise M. Ciregna
awarded on: 2017-07-17
amount: $2,000
Research Inventory Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Preserving and Digitizing the John Quinn AIDS Memorial Books CollectionThe History Projectmore

A project inventorying, processing, and digitizing the John Quinn AIDS Memorial Books in preparation for public programming and an online exhibit honoring people in the Boston area who died from HIV/AIDS related illnesses.

The History Project
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Andrew Elder
awarded on: 2017-02-06
amount: $2,000
Research Inventory Grant
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

A Century of Work: Greenfield Employers and EmployeesGreenfield Historical Societymore

An inventory of artifacts from three local businesses and explore connections between skilled labor and buying power.

Greenfield Historical Society
Greenfield, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Robin Yerkes
awarded on: 2017-02-06
amount: $1,500

Creation of a catalog their collection of carriages and sleighs as part of establishing a professional framework for their collection and developing an interpretive focus on the material culture of Amesbury.

Amesbury Carriage Museum
Amesbury, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: John W. Mayer
awarded on: 2017-02-06
amount: $2,000
Research Inventory Grant
Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Squam Life: Lasting More Than a DayAnnisquam Historical Societymore

Inventory of up to three boxes of ephemera that document life in Annisquam between 1850 and 1950.

Annisquam Historical Society
Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Mary Ellen Lepionka
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Florence, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

The David Ruggles Center Archive Biographical InventoryDavid Ruggles Centermore

Inventory of research materials collected by various scholars and members of the organization during the past decade or so of pulling itself into being and obtaining a headquarters.

David Ruggles Center
Florence, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Lisa Baskin
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Hatfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

Exploring the Porter & McLeod Machine Shop CollectionHatfield Historical Societymore

Processing of the papers of the Porter McLeod Machine Shop, an industrial company in a town that knows most about its agrarian past, and evaluate its potential for a series of programs, including as part of the HHS core exhibit.

Hatfield Historical Society
Hatfield, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

project director: Kathie Gow
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Processing and Making Available the Papers of Charles ShivelyThe History Projectmore

Inventory and processing of the papers of Charles Shively, a gay activist and poet in the Boston area during the 1970s and early 1980s, who was actively involved in a number of early and influential gay and queer newspapers, including Gay Community News, Fag Rag, and Gay Sunshine.
(project website)

The History Project
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: William Holden
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Nahant, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

The ValiantNahant Historical Societymore

Inventory of six folders of ephemera and other materials about the community effort to build and launch the Valiant, the last fishing vessel that was built by a fishing family in their back yard in Nahant, between 1955 and 1965.
(project website)

Nahant Historical Society
Nahant, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Bonnie D'Orlando
awarded on: 2016-06-17
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Norwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

Norwood Historical Costume CollectionNorwood Historical Societymore

Funding to inventory, evaluate, photograph and re-house their collection of 750 garments dating from the 19th and 20th centuries. Materials will be used in a digital presentation of their entire costume collection, an exhibit of WWI era clothing and a planned exhibit exploring the diversity of Norwood's participation in the Great War.

Norwood Historical Society
Norwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Bryan Burns
awarded on: 2015-12-11
amount: $1,500

Funding to inventory the Leverett Town Meeting Record and Municipal Archives in order to asses and catalogue town collections for their research potential.

Leverett Historical Commission
Leverett, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

project director: Lisa Stratford
awarded on: 2015-12-11
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
West Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Early Families & Industries of West StockbridgeWest Stockbridge Historical Societymore

Funding to inventory, catalogue and preserve four boxes of records, invoices and papers from Baldwin's Extracts Company, est. 1865, ranging from the late 19th through early mid 20th centuries. The material will be part of an on-going series of talks and remembrances celebrating West Stockbridge and its families.

West Stockbridge Historical Society
West Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Robert Salerno
awarded on: 2015-12-11
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

Squam: An Intimate HistoryAnnisquam Historical Societymore

Funding to inventory, photograph, and index 39 family albums and scrapbooks made by village residents from pre- civil war time on. Selected albums will be featured in an upcoming exhibit about what life was like for families in the village during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Annisquam Historical Society
Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

project director: Mary Ellen Lepionka
awarded on: 2015-12-11
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Harry H. Dow Legal Case FilesChinese Historical Society of New Englandmore

Inventory, translation, and assessment of client files from the Harry H. Dow papers archived at the Suffolk Law School Library.

Chinese Historical Society of New England
Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Susan Chinsen
awarded on: 2015-06-19
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Charlestown, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

Appalachian Mountain Club Historical Photograph Digitization ProjectAppalachian Mountain Clubmore

Scanning and inventory 1,000 photographic prints of New Englanders enjoying the outdoors between 1930-1950.

Appalachian Mountain Club
Charlestown, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

project director: Rebecca Fullerton
awarded on: 2014-06-20
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Northborough, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Proctor Comb and Button Manufacturing InventoryNorthborough Historical Societymore

Inventory of 12 boxes of artifacts and records from the Proctor Comb and Button Manufacturing Company, a significant industry in the town from the mid-1800s into the early 1900s.

Northborough Historical Society
Northborough, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Ellen Racine
awarded on: 2014-06-20
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Westminster, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Gardner's Colony for the Insane: A Story to TellWestminster Historical Societymore

Inventory of negatives and photographs taken at Gardener's Colony for the Insane during the 1950s and 1960s and reproduce them in print for researchers and online for the public.

Westminster Historical Society
Westminster, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: Elizabeth Hannula
awarded on: 2014-06-20
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

City of Lowell Division of Planning & Development CollectionLowell Historical Societymore

Preservation of the City of Lowell Division of Planning and Development Collection.

Lowell Historical Society
Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

project director: Martha Mayo
awarded on: 2013-06-21
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Ocean Bluff, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

Cataloguing the Paul White DocumentsWinslow Housemore

Awarded to catalogue, re-house, and transcribe the "Paul White documents," a group of about fifty documents that date from the 1740's to the early nineteenth century, with an eye towards future public programming.

Winslow House
Ocean Bluff, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

project director: Laura Smolcha
awarded on: 2013-01-31
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
South Grafton, MA, Worcester County (Central)

Photo Digitization and ExhibitHassanamisco Indian Museum / Nipmuc Nationmore

Scanning, inventory, and electronic storage of more than 500 photographs in the Hassanamisco Indian Museum's collection.

Hassanamisco Indian Museum / Nipmuc Nation
South Grafton, MA, Worcester County (Central)

project director: D. Rae Gould
awarded on: 2012-12-14
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Aquinnah, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

Helen V. Manning Archive Inventory ProjectAquinnah Cultural Centermore

Inventory of the archival pictures, research papers, and notes left by Helen Vanderhoop Manning, an Aquinnah Wampanoag leader, historian, and educator.

Aquinnah Cultural Center
Aquinnah, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

project director: Berta Welch
awarded on: 2012-12-14
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Robbins House Interpretive Center InventoryDrinking Gourd Project, Inc.more

Surveyal of archives relating to the African-American history of Concord and its neighboring towns from 1750-1787 in preparation for programming at the newly restored Robbins House.

Drinking Gourd Project, Inc.
Concord, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Robert Gross
awarded on: 2012-06-15
amount: $1,500
Research Inventory Grant
Arlington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

Winn-Adams Family CollectionArlington Historical Societymore

Inventory of the images relating to the annual Barrington Fair (c. 1841-1980) that are part of the Domenic and Marie Tassone photographic collection.

Arlington Historical Society
Arlington, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

project director: Faith Ferguson
awarded on: 2012-06-15
amount: $1,498
Research Inventory Grant
Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

Tassone Photo Exhibition: Great Barrington's Agricultural FairsGreat Barrington Historical Societymore

Inventory of the images relating to the annual Barrington Fair (c. 1841-1980) that are part of the Domenic and Marie Tassone photographic collection.

Great Barrington Historical Society
Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

project director: Gary Leveille
awarded on: 2012-06-15
amount: $1,500
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