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New York Public Library (New York, NY 10016-0109)
John Lundquist (Project Director: July 2007 to September 2009)
Michael R. Inman (Project Director: September 2009 to August 2013)

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

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$345,800 (approved)
$345,800 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2008 – 12/31/2010

Cataloging, Preserving, and Digitizing Chinese Rare Books

Cataloging of 1,500 volumes of Chinese rare books of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, with conservation treatment and digitization of 93 volumes.

The New York Public Library requests $345,800 in funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to completely catalog and partially preserve and digitize materials in the Chinese Rare Book Collection. This two-year project will make accessible a collection of materials that will provide a large community of scholars with important primary sources relating to Chinese modern history, translation, Confucian theory through time, as well as Buddhist and Christian beliefs, the Chinese classics, and Chinese art, among other topics. The materials that will undergo preservation and digitization are those deemed to be most historically and artifactually significant titles in the collection. The project will catalog 1,000 Chinese rare books, totaling 1,500 volumes and will preserve and digitize 6 titles, totaling 93 volumes and 8,700 spreads.