CRL Announces 2020 PSA Winners

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Gloria Johnson -

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) has named three award recipients in its annual Primary Sources Awards (PSA) competition. The awards promote awareness of the creative use of materials in the major areas collected by CRL: newspapers, archives, government documents, and journals.

Projects were selected from a very competitive pool of faculty, librarians, or graduate students at CRL institutions. After a strategic review process, CRL's Collections and Services Policy Committee identifies the top projects in three areas: access, research, and teaching.

This year's awardees include:

Award for Access: Mary A. Armstrong, Professor of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies and English, and Program Chair, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Lafayette College

Project: “The Lafayette College Queer Archives Project

Project summary: a digital humanities site that aims to document and preserve experiences and reflections of Lafayette's LGBTQ community over the decades, and promote positive institutional change.

Award for Research: Adrian Alarilla, Graduate Student, University of Washington

Project: “The Age of the Kampuchea Picture: A Video Installation

Project summary: an interactive audio and visual installation that explores the relationship between images, state violence, and the ethics of documentary representation, utilizing documents and photos from award-winning journalist Elizabeth Becker's 1978 trip to Democratic Kampuchea (now Cambodia).

Award for Teaching: Chad Williams, Professor of History and African and African American Studies; Chair, Department of African and African American Studies, Brandeis University, Library

Project: “Black Brandeis, Black History: A Timeline of Brandeis Black History

Project summary: an online timeline created by African American Studies students attending the Black Brandeis, Black History class at Brandeis University, using primary source materials.

CRL would like to thank the members of the Collections and Services Policy Committee for serving as judges during the competition, whose time and dedication made it possible for us to reward the recipients for their creative efforts.

This year marks the 10-year anniversary for PSA. A list of past award recipients is available on the PSA Past Awardees page. Additional information on this year's awardees will be available in the spring 2020 FOCUS on Global Resources, scheduled for release in May.

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