University of Rochester

Seward Family Archive Project gets funding

December 20, 2013

The Emerson Foundation has awarded the University of Rochester a three-year $360,000 grant toward the Seward Family Archive project, a collaboration between Thomas Slaughter, the Arthur R. Miller Professor and Professor of History, and the River Campus Libraries, including Mary Ann Mavrinac, Vice Provost and Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of the River Campus Libraries; Nora Dimmock, Director, Digital Humanities Center; and Jim Kuhn, Joseph N. Lambert and Harold B. Schleifer Director of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation.

The project focuses on the creation of an accessible digital documentary archive for the Seward Family Papers, which are a subset of the William Henry Seward Collection, one of our most valuable collections. (William Henry Seward was Secretary of State for Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson.) This project will significantly advance the organization, digitization, and website development of the Seward Family Papers, and will support the training of graduate and undergraduate students in various digital media techniques.