Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Period of Performance

5/1/2016 - 4/30/2018

Funding Totals (outright + matching)

$260,000.00 (approved)
$260,000.00 (awarded)

The YIVO Vilna Collections Project

FAIN: PW-234783-16

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (New York, NY 10011-6301)
Roberta G. Newman (Project Director: July 2015 to June 2019)

The arrangement and description of 301 linear feet of manuscripts and archives  and the creation of over 458,000 digital images from these sources, which form part of the “Vilna Collections” held by the YIVO Institute, a repository housed in the Center for Jewish History.  Images created by YIVO will be merged with extant holdings of the Lithuanian Central State Archive and National Library of Lithuania as part of a larger seven-year initiative.

The YIVO Vilna Collections project will preserve, digitally reunite, and provide free, online access for both scholars and the general public to collections at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York, and at the National Library of Lithuania and Lithuanian Central State Archives. These unique materials, saved from the destruction of the Holocaust, represent the rich and vibrant Jewish civilization that flourished in Eastern Europe for over 1,000 years. It is the archival materials that are the subject of this proposal: manuscripts, posters and other printed materials, and photographs that are considered one of the world's foremost collections on Jewish history and culture.

Media Coverage

(Media Coverage)
Author(s): YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Date: 5/16/2016
Abstract: Press release about NEH award to YIVO Vilna Collections Project