UTA earns NEH grant to develop online portal for disability history

Brenda McClurkin, l, project director and department head of UTA Libraries Special Collections, and Sarah Rose, r, project co-director, associate professor and director of the minor in Disabilities Studies Program.

Leading U.S. disability history scholars and practitioners will converge at The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries in July to formalize a consortium committed to developing an online portal for disability history resources.

The meeting is supported in part by a $40,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded to Brenda McClurkin, project director and department head of UTA Libraries Special Collections, and to Sarah Rose, project co-director and associate professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts.

“We are excited to host leaders representing many facets of the field of disability history and archives on the UTA campus this summer,” McClurkin said. “When implemented, this portal will create a single point of access to a wide-ranging number of websites representing collections from archives, museums, colleges and universities, and nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. featuring historical materials on disability history.”

Development of the Disability History/Archives Consortium and portal is representative of UTA’s increasing expertise focused on exploring the social context of health and the human condition under the University’s Strategic Plan 2020: Bold Solutions | Global Impact.

For the full story visit the UTA News Center at http://www.uta.edu/news/releases/2016/04/Library-NEHgrant-disabilityhistory.php

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