The Central NY Library Resources Council (CLRC) recently awarded Hamilton funding to complete the digitization of the Beinecke Lesser Antilles manuscripts, part of the Burke Library’s Special Collections.

Director and Curator of Special Collections and Archives Christian Goodwillie applied for the funding through the CLRC’s Regional Bibliographic Data Bases and Interlibrary Resources Sharing Program (RBDB).  

The CLRC award letter noted that the review panel found this digitization project to be “an excellent use of RBDB funds as it will make these unique items widely discoverable and available.” The digitized items will be made available through the Digital Public Library of America.

The manuscripts are just part of a collection that includes rare original documents, maps, plantation reports and correspondence, along with oil paintings and watercolors.

The Beinecke Collection was originally developed and donated to Hamilton by Walter Beinecke, Jr., former chairman of the board of trustees of Kirkland College and a life trustee of Hamilton. It is the preeminent collection of materials on the Lesser Antilles, largely from the 16th-19th centuries.

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