Challenge Programs: Challenge Grants

Period of Performance

12/1/2012 - 7/31/2018

Funding Totals (matching)

$500,000.00 (approved)
$500,000.00 (offered)
$500,000.00 (awarded)

Building Capacity for UMKC Libraries' Special Collections

FAIN: CH-51161-14

University of Missouri Libraries (Kansas City, MO 64110-2235)
Bonnie Sue Postlethwaite (Project Director: May 2013 to October 2018)

Renovation of the university's library to bring the Division of Special Collections into a single space; purchase and installation of digital technology and endowment for student research scholarships and salary for a Director of Special Collections.

This project will increase capacity for Special Collections in three ways: 1) to provide funds to renovate re-purposed space to bring together the LaBudde Special Collections and the Marr Sound Archives into one newly expanded, renovated space that better serves researchers who typically need to use both collections; 2) to provide technology to advance and disseminate humanities research and to digitally preserve primary humanities resource material; and 3) to establish an endowment to partially fund the Director of Special Collections position and to provide annual student research grants.

Media Coverage

Starr Gift Completes Special Collections Endowment (Media Coverage)
Publication: UMKC Today
Date: 4/4/2016
Abstract: Press release announcing that the UMKC Libraries had successfully raised the matching funds with the donation from the Martha Jane Starr Field of Interest committee.
URL: http://

LaBudde Special Collections is Moving!! Attend the Open House (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Ashley Davis
Publication: UMKC Libraries News Blog
Date: 10/1/2015
Abstract: Announcement about the Grand Opening of the LaBudde Special Collections.

UMKC Libraries Nets Federal Challenge Grant for Special Collections (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Ashley Davis
Publication: UMKC Today
Date: 12/10/2013
Abstract: Announcement that UMKC Libraries had been awarded an NEH Challenge Grant in the amount of $500,000 requiring a $1.5M match. The press release describes Special Collections and the purpose of the grant.

UMKC Digital Special Collections: Acknowledgments (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Sandy Rodriguez
Publication: UMKC Digital Special Collections web site
Date: 1/16/2016
Abstract: Acknowledgment of NEH funding for this site.

UMKC Libraries Awarded Competitive Federal Challenge Grant (Media Coverage)
Publication: UMKC Libraries News Blog
Date: 12/11/2013
Abstract: Announcement of the NEH award of a challenge grant to the UMKC Libraries for $500,000 to be match with $1.5 matching funds.

Associated Products

UMKC Digital Special Collections (Database/Archive/Digital Edition)
Title: UMKC Digital Special Collections
Author: Sandy Rodriguez
Author: Scott Gipson
Author: Kelly McEniry
Abstract: The UMKC Digital Special Collections is the digital library for the UMKC Libraries Special Collections. It contains digital surrogates to items in the Special Collections including photos, documents, sound and video recordings. It is searchable by a number of metadata elements.
Year: 2016
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: MOspace is the share institutional repository and digital library platform for the libraries of the University of Missouri.
Access Model: Open access