AUSTIN, Texas (December 3, 2012)—Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary was awarded a $6,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to provide preservation assessment, environmental monitoring equipment and rehousing, and emergency response supplies for its archival collection. This grant is among 246 projects funded by the NEH that spans academic disciplines.
“The Austin Seminary Archives houses a unique combination of institutional and denominational records that document over 150 years of Presbyterianism in Texas and the Southwest. This funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities will help us in our mission to preserve and provide access to these records and to share the stories of the people, churches, and institutions that make up our community,” Kristy Sorensen, associate director of the Stitt Library and head of archives and records management said.
According to a statement from the NEH Chairman Jim Leach, the grants awarded “allow cultural institutions to protect and expand their collections, assist scholars in unlocking new discoveries about our past, and open up educational opportunities for future generations to benefit from the knowledge and insights offered by the humanities.”
“Receiving this grant will allow us to make sure that we are the best possible stewards of our resources for years to come. NEH grants are competitive and I applaud the work of Ms. Sorensen in crafting a winning proposal,” said library director Timothy Lincoln.
To view a catalog of collections available in the Austin Seminary Archives, go to austinseminary.edu/archives.
Founded in 1902, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary is an institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) whose mission is to educate and equip individuals for the ordained Christian ministry and other forms of Christian service and leadership. For more information and ways to support Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, visit www.austinseminary.edu.