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Atlantic City Public Library (Atlantic City, NJ 08401-4606)
Robert Peter Rynkiewicz (Project Director: May 2021 to November 2021)
Jacqueline Silver-Morillo (Project Director: November 2021 to March 2023)

ARP-Organizations (Preservation-related)
Agency-wide Projects

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$128,826 (approved)
$122,957 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2021 – 9/30/2022

City of Dreams : The Atlantic City Experience

The partial retention of key library staff, the addition of a digital archive assistant and an archival consultant, and the purchase of scanning equipment and digitization software to create a new digital repository for the cultural heritage collections of a regional public library in New Jersey. 

The City of Dreams: the Atlantic City Experience project will enable the Atlantic City Free Public Library (ACFPL) to preserve and increase access to the Atlantic City Heritage Collections by creating “The Atlantic City Experience Research Library Digital Repository.” This project will contribute to the commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of the United States by digitizing materials documenting the contributions of the African American community to the development of Atlantic City and to the nation. With the largest collection of print, photographic and audio-visual materials about Atlantic City, the ACFPL is in a unique position to tell this story. Funding for this project will enable the ACFPL to fulfill its humanities mission through the retention of staff and the development of the digital infrastructure needed to invite the exploration of Atlantic City’s history while facing the enormous challenge of providing services during the coronavirus pandemic.