PACSCL Projects

PACSCL projects currently in process or recently completed include the following:

  • Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis: a project to digitize all Western European medieval and early modern manuscripts in PACSCL member collections and to place the images in the public domain (funded by the Council for Library and Information Resources, ongoing) [view project page]
  • In Her Own Right: A Century of Women's Activism, 1820-1920: a project to identify material documenting the early struggle for women’s rights in the collections of members of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) and to share a sampling of them online (HCRR Foundations grant, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, ongoing); a second grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources' "Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives" initiative, will result in the digitization of 117,000 additional pages of material (ongoing) [view project page]
  • PACSCL Catalogs Online: an upgraded online public access catalog for several members  (ongoing, originally funded by a grant from The William Penn Foundation and sustained by member dues and usage fees)[view project page]
  • PACSCL Hidden Collections Processing Initiative: his project will provide processing for 140 collections of high research value held by 24 PACSCL member institutions. (2009-2012, 2013-2014, funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources / the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.) [view project website]
  • The PACSCL Consortial Survey Initiative to assess and provide information on approximately 35,000 linear feet of manuscripts and archival material in member collections (2005-2008, funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) [view archived project website]
  • The Greater Philadelphia GeoHistory Network, a project that allows users to explore the Greater Philadelphia area through time and place by entering a street address or other information, based on the City of Philadelphia's landmark Geographic Information System (funded by a planning grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and now expanded and maintained by the Athenaeum of Philadelphia) (2005) [view project website]
  • Finding Aids Online: Funded by a grant from The Delmas Foundation, staff from PACSCL libraries were trained in the creation of online finding aids using Encoded Archival Description (EAD). An additional project, also funded by the Delmas Foundation, made it possible for fifteen of its member libraries to place existing finding aids in the Research Library Group's data base and to create new finding aids using Encoded Archival Description. (1998)