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Special Collections Receives NHPRC Grant

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Pepperdine University Libraries’ department of Special Collections and University Archives was selected as a recipient for an 18-month grant-funded project from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) in the amount of $110,143. “Preserving the Past, Preparing for the Future: Building Sustainable Archival Collections,” will focus on the organization and description of Pepperdine University’s archival collections.

As a result of this grant, the University Archives and other collections related to Los Angeles and Malibu history, as well as the history of the Restoration Movement, will be more accessible for research and use by the local community and other scholars. A Project Archivist and a graduate student assistant, working alongside Pepperdine’s special collections staff, will process approximately 1,200 linear feet of records during the 18-month project. They will create finding aids for approximately 70 collections, which will be posted and searchable within the Online Archive of California. Catalog records for the 70 collections will be searchable in OCLC’s WorldCat.

As the funding branch of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), NHPRC promotes the preservation and use of America’s documentary heritage essential to understanding our democracy, history, and culture. NHPRC’s selection of Pepperdine as a grant recipient honors our efforts to preserve our history and the history of our region and community. “Preserving the Past, Preparing for the Future” will take place during Pepperdine’s 75th anniversary year, enabling the Special Collections and University Archives to make the school’s heritage more widely known as it approaches this significant milestone.

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