Institutional Resources

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Internal Resources

These programs have traditionally offered funding to conduct archival research to GC students.

The Provost’s Digital Innovation Grants support digital projects designed, created, programmed, or administered by doctoral students at The Graduate Center.

The mission of the Doctoral Student Research Grant (DSRG) program is to foster a research-oriented academic culture among doctoral students at CUNY Graduate Center. Maximum individual awards are $1,500.

The Early Research Initiative offers summer awards to conduct both preliminary and advanced archival research.

The Center for the Humanities offers research and training grants available for doctoral students from all disciplines at The Graduate Center, with experience and/or an interest in archival research.

The New Media Lab offers stipends to Graduate Center students who wish to create digital projects related to their academic research topics or their doctoral dissertation.

External Resources

The National Archives fund archival projects that focus on “collecting, describing, preserving, compiling, and publishing documentary sources significant to the history of the United States.”

The Society of American Archivists holds a repository of national and state-level grants.

Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections.

The Save America's Treasures grants provide preservation and/or conservation assistance to nationally significant historic properties and collections. These grants are administered by the Historic Preservation Fund in partnership with the National Park Service, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Scholarly Communications program of the Mellow Foundation provides support for many different aspects of the preservation and conservation of library and archival materials.

The Knight Foundation supports informed and engaged communities through program areas in journalism, community, and the arts.

The Council on Library and Information Resources offers a range of fellowships for training, research, digitization, and preservation purposes.

Local History and Culture

These organizations offer funding for research that engages with local history and culture.

  • Historic New England
  • Ohio History Connection
  • Minnesota Historical Society
  • Illinois Humanities
  • Connecticut Humanities
  • New Jersey Council for the Humanities
  • Humanities New York
  • New York State Archives

Groups, Centers, and People

Internal Resources

Based at The Graduate Center, American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning produces print, visual, and multimedia materials that explore the richly diverse social and cultural history of the United States. They also lead professional development seminars that help teachers in New York City and across the nation to use the latest scholarship, technology, and active learning methods in their classrooms. ASHP/CML supervises The Graduate Center’s New Media Lab, which facilitates student and faculty digital projects and research.

The Graduate Center librarians crafted this exceptional guide that covers the basics of archival research. You will find information on what archives are and how they are arranged; conducting background research; where and how to look for archival collections; what to expect when you visit an archival repository; citing and quoting from unpublished materials; and more.

The Collaborative Research Seminar was a two-part seminar on special collections and archival research methods, that took place at The Graduate Center in 2017 and 2018, open to graduate-level students, faculty, and staff at CUNY by application.  The Collaborative Research Seminar culminated into a [for the Humanities] Working Group titled “Primary Source: A Working Group on Special Collections, Archives, and Libraries." Primary Source provides a space for students, faculty, and staff who are interested in deep engagement with archives and special collections: for interrogating research methods, recovering histories and silences, and developing technical skills for professional experience. This working group offers a space for participants with academic, professional, and creative interests in archives and rare materials to convene and collectively think through ways to enrich their work. Sponsored by the Graduate Center Library and The New York Public Library, with support from the Early Research Initiative, The Center for the Humanities, Lost and Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, and GC Digital Initiatives.

The Interactive Technology and Pedagogy (ITP) certificate program guides students to use technology in their research and teaching. ITP provides intellectual insights and technical training to prepare students for employment in the academy and beyond by advancing their skills as critical and creative makers and users of technology.

External Resources

Founded in 1979, the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (ART) is a not-for-profit organization representing a diverse group of more than 400 archivists, librarians and records managers in New York metropolitan area. It is one of the largest local organizations of its kind in the United States with members representing more than 160 repositories.

The Columbia Center for Oral History (CCOH) was founded by historian and journalist Allan Nevins in 1948 and is credited with launching the establishment of oral history archives internationally. At over 10,000 interviews, the Oral History Archives is one of the largest oral history collections in the United States. The Oral History Archives at Columbia is housed at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library in Butler Library and is open to all.

Oral History in the Digital Age is a best practices guide for doing Oral History with digital tools developed by the Michigan State University Museum; Michigan State University Digital Humanities Center, Matrix; the American Folklife Center (AFC/LOC), the Library of Congress; the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH); the American Folklore Society (AFS); the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries; and the Oral History Association.


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