Libraries’ Film & Media Archive a​​​warded National Archives grant​

The National Archives has awarded $150,000 to Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive for its “Eyes on the Prize” interview digitization and reassembly project. The Film & Media Archive is one of 33 grant recipients selected by the National Archives, which awarded a total of more than $3 million for historical records projects in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

The Film & Media Archive will use the grant funding to make available approximately 95 hours of previously unseen and inaccessible interview footage created for the award-winning documentary series “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954 – 1965.” The Film & Media Archive also will create digital files from nearly 400,000 feet of film-based preservation elements recently generated through the Andrew W. Mellon-funded “Eyes on the Prize Preservation Project.”

Other 2015 grant recipients include the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Historical Society and the University of Virginia.

For more information about the grant and the “Eyes on the Prize” interview digitization and reassembly project, contact Nadia Ghasedi, director of the Visual Media Research Lab, at