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Washington/Canadian-Media: Supported by a $15 million investment from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Library of Congress (LoC) today announced a new multiyear initiative, 'Of the People: Widening the Path' to connect more deeply with Black, Hispanic, Indigenous and other minority communities by expanding its collections, using technology to enable storytelling and offering more internship and fellowship opportunities, LoC reports said.
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Representing the largest grant from a private foundation in the Library’s history, as well as among the largest grants that the foundation awarded in its 2020 cycle, this new initiative would lead to new opportunities for new generations to participate in creating, preserving and sharing the nation’s cultural treasures and preserve more underrepresented perspectives and experiences.
"The Library of Congress is the people’s public library, and we are delighted that it will engage diverse and inclusive public participation in expanding our country’s historical and creative records,” said Mellon Foundation President Elizabeth Alexander.
Weaving a more inclusive American story would reflect in the historical record's diverse experiences as well as inform how we use those materials to understand our past.
Three programs through which these initiatives will be accomplished included are community-based documentarians to expand the Library’s collections with new perspectives; funding paid internships and fellowships to benefit from the wisdom of students and engage the next generation of diverse librarians; and connecting with underserved communities and institutions by creating a range of digital engagements.
Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress also said that this grant will enhance the Library’s efforts in empowering relationships with those who are too often left out of the American story and added,
“By inviting communities of color and other underrepresented groups to partner on a wider, more inclusive path for connection to the Library of Congress, we invest in an enduring legacy of the multifaceted American story that truly is ‘Of the People.”