Project Ceres Funds Nine New Projects

Masthead detail from the American Stock Journal (December 1872). From American Periodicals from the Center for Research Libraries.

Monday, June 23, 2014
Amy Wood -

Project Ceres is a collaboration between the United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN), the Agriculture Network Information Collaborative (AgNIC), and CRL. The project sponsors award funding for small projects that preserve print materials essential to the study of the history and economics of agriculture and make those materials accessible through digitization.

In 2014-15, nine institutions will each receive between $3,000 and $10,125 to digitize and preserve important resources. Each of the institutions receiving $7,000 or more will provide matching support, either funds or in-kind.

Project Ceres Proposals Funded for 2014–15

  • University of Florida and University of the Virgin Islands: Collaboration of digitization for preservation
  • Kansas State University Libraries: Digitization of Kansas youth-in-agriculture, agricultural education, and rural life publications
  • Louisiana State University: “Louisiana Digital BibliAgraphy: 100 Years of LSU Research Experiment Station Publications, 1888-1989”
  • New Mexico State University: “Digitizing New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Extension Service’s Special Reports, Extension Leaflets, and Selected Serials”
  • University of Minnesota: “Extending Our Reach: Enhancing and Enabling Knowledge Transfer Through University of Minnesota Extension Publications”
  • Purdue University: “Digitization of Purdue University Agricultural Documents (1923-1988)”
  • Washington State University: “Digitizing WSU Extension Bulletins, Circulars, and Pamphlets”
  • West Virginia University: West Virginia University Agricultural Experiment Station Circulars, 190369
  • University of Wyoming: “University of Wyoming Ag Experiment Station Bulletin Digitization”

Projects will be completed by August 2015. The digital products will be available to researchers through local institutional repositories, and through the AgNIC catalog.

Information about the preservation of the print originals will be available through PAPR, CRL’s Print Archives Preservation Registry. The site will feature holdings and condition information down to the issue level as well as information about the facility and environmental conditions in which the material is maintained.

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