UMKC Libraries have received a $500,000 matching funds grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to help pay for a relocation and major expansion of the Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections and Marr Sound Archives and to establish an endowment to fund the Director of Special Collections.
“The National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant enables the UMKC Libraries to increase capacity for our excellent and rapidly growing Special Collections and Marr Sound Archives. By providing matching support for renovations to create expanded space and to establish an endowment for the Director of Special Collections position, the Special Collections will be able to accommodate more scholars, exhibits, and programming that support humanities research at UMKC,” said Dean of Libraries Bonnie Postlethwaite. “Through this challenge grant, scholars will be able to discover the depth and richness of our special collections both onsite and in online exhibits. We are most grateful to NEH for their support of the UMKC Libraries.”
The grant must be matched by $1.5 million in non-federal funds. About $800,000 of that amount – slightly more than half – has already been raised. The balance of the matching funds must be raised by July 31, 2018.
The combined $2 million will be used to renovate the third and fourth floors of the Miller Nichols Library and will include a Special Collections' reading room, listening room, digitization studios, instructional rooms, staff offices, an exhibit hall, a dean’s gallery and the new Edgar Snow Scholars Alcove. It is expected to be completed by early 2015.
The funds will also be used to endow the Director of Special Collections position and a new student research scholarship program: The Martha Jane Starr Research Grant program will assist individuals using the Martha Jane Starr collection or any of the designated Women’s and Gender Studies manuscript holdings in Special Collections. The Director of Special Collections will supervise the scholarship awardees in conjunction with their faculty advisor. read more
View the PUBLIC NOTICE regarding the initiation of the NEH's Section 106 review of Miller Nichols Library.