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Anne Frank   Tales from the Secret Annex

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La Jolla Historical Society Receives Important IMLS Grant

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded the La Jolla Historical Society (LJHS) a two-year, $50,000 grant for collections stewardship and public access. IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. “As centers of learning and catalysts of community change, libraries and museums connect people with programs, services, collections, information, and new ideas in the arts, sciences, and humanities. They serve as vital spaces where people can connect with each other,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “IMLS is proud to support their work through our grant making as they inform and inspire all in their communities.”

This is LJHS’s first federal grant award, and one of only 30 awards made to 202 applicants nationwide in the inaugural cycle of IMLS’s new program Inspire! Grants for Small Museums. “This transformative grant will support our collection cataloging, management, stewardship, and access,” said LJHS Director Heath Fox. “The archive includes books, newspapers, magazines, manuscripts, maps, scrapbooks, printed ephemera, artworks, architectural drawings, and photographs.”

Grant funds will provide for greater accessibility to the LJHS collections for members of the public and professional researchers through the development of extensive database records, integrated search tools, and network access through the Online Archive of California. The IMLS grant supports a limited number of paid internships for graduate and undergraduate university students in history and humanities disciplines.

Funding provided by the City of San Diego

The La Jolla Historical Society is grateful to The Parker Foundation for their generous grant to improve ADA accessibility at the Balmer Education Center

Support is also provided by the La Jolla and San Diego business and philanthropic community