UNC Charlotte’s J. Murrey Atkins Library is delighted to announce that they have been awarded a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Recordings at Risk program for their proposal, “Preserving the Harvey B. Gantt 1996 Senate Campaign Recordings.” Through this project, more than 300 audio and video recordings from the 1996 U.S. Senate race in North Carolina between incumbent Jesse Helms and challenger Harvey B. Gantt will be digitized, preserved, and made available for research and teaching. Gantt, a civil rights activist, groundbreaking politician, and accomplished architect/city planner, desegregated Clemson University in 1963 and became the first African American mayor of Charlotte in 1983. In both 1990 and 1996, Gantt challenged Helms, nearly unseating him.
The majority of the $18,740 award will go toward digital reformatting of the collection over the course of one year, and the project will serve as a model for future audiovisual preservation, access, and description projects in Atkins Library. For more information about the Recordings at Risk program and funded projects, visit https://www.clir.org/recordings-at-risk/funded-projects/.