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The Digital Transgender Archive Wins Major Grant to Amplify Unheard Voices

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Under the direction of Associate Professor of English K.J. Rawson, the Digital Transgender Archive (DTA) has been awarded a major grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) through the Digitizing Hidden Collections: Amplifying Unheard Voices program. The project, titled, “‘Y’all Better Quiet Down’: Trans BIPOC Digitization Initiative,” is an ambitious, 10-member collaboration led by the DTA to digitize a wide range of materials documenting transgender, gender non-conforming (GNC), and gender-expansive Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). From the grant announcement website:

“Based at Northeastern University, the DTA is a freely available online collection of trans-related historical materials that already includes over 8,900 items contributed by more than 60 archives. The DTA is an award-winning, widely used resource that transforms gender-transgressive histories into far more accessible resources for public engagement. This grant will amplify the voices of those who are underrepresented in archives writ large and within our own holdings––more specifically, trans/GNC/gender-expansive BIPOC communities. With this grant, we will digitize and make available ~20,500 pages of mixed archival materials, ~600 images, and 22 audiovisual items, and we will develop outreach projects including a 4-episode podcast, an 8-part video series, and several lesson plans.”

The DTA has received $334,000 for this project, undergoing a competitive application process evaluated by an independent review panel. The Digitizing Hidden Collections initiative is made possible by funds from the Mellon Foundation.

Read more about this initiative in the CLIR’s press release.

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