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Grants Received by the Lenhardt Library

Lenhardt library receives illinois state library grant to provide web access for historical documents, January 2015

A $67,000 digital imaging grant from the Illinois State Library will enable the Lenhardt Library to share historically significant documents with a wider number of scholars, gardening enthusiasts and members of the general public. The Chicago Botanic Garden library is one of 13 statewide to receive a total of $485,779 in grants for preserving and providing web access to historical collections. Read more in our press release:

National Endowment For The Humanities: Supporting The Digitization And Preservation Of Rare Botanical Volumes

With a $172,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Lenhardt Library conserved and enhanced access to 44 rare, fragile and valuable botanical volumes dating from the 16th through 20th centuries. Horticultural professionals, scientists, scholars, students, art historians and members of the general public can now explore the beautifully illustrated volumes providing insights into the development of modern scientific disciplines and the evolving relationship between humans and nature. The works were digitized and widely disseminated to fill gaps in the nation’s digital archives of works in the humanities. The text and images can be viewed via the Illinois Digital Archives (IDA) portal, where the Garden’s digital holdings are stored. Additional interpretation is available through LibGuides. The conserved volumes are safely housed the Library, where they are used to support scholarly research and enrich interpretive programs, including rare book exhibitions and tours for patrons of area public libraries. The conservation, digitization, and dissemination project furthered the Library’s efforts to create a botanical collection in service of the Garden’s scientific, horticultural, cultural, and educational mission. All involved are deeply grateful to the National Endowment for the Humanities for its support in this vital effort. Read an NEH article on the grant.

Read more about this grant. Note: Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations on this web page do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Save America's Treasures

“Save America’s Treasures,” a federal government program that helps conserve significant U.S. cultural and historic treasures, recently awarded the Chicago Botanic Garden a $55,000 grant to help preserve its rare books collection. This award is given by a consortium that includes the National Endowment for the Humanities, The President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities, the Institute of Museum & Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Park Service. The Garden was the only location in Illinois to receive a grant this year.

Library Services and Technology

The Lenhardt Library was recently awarded a $25,000 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White for its Serial Cataloging Project, which will catalog historic journals acquired from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in 2002. LSTA grants are designed to assist librarians in identifying and funding specific local needs. They also provide funds to libraries that support cataloging services.

“With this grant we will be able to catalog approximately 700 historic journals, making them available for Illinois residents,” said Leora Siegel, director of the Lenhardt Library. “Cataloging is the first step toward future conservation and digitizing projects, which will further public access to these journals.”

Conservation Bookshelf from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Lenhardt Library was awarded 16 books from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Connecting to Collections Bookshelf. The Bookshelf is intended to provide small and mid-sized libraries and museums with essential, permanent resources needed to improve the condition of their collections. The books are used as a reference tool for those who are caring for our nation’s collections.