Stanford joins the Reveal Digital Initiative as a funding library

February 25, 2021
Benjamin Lee Stone

By Ben Stone and Rebecca Wingfield

The Stanford Libraries have joined the Reveal Digital Initiative, a nonprofit open access project (affiliated with ITHAKA) that raises funds to digitize, clear rights and make available special collections that have been aggregated from universities and other institutions. Stanford Libraries will serve as a funding library for three curated primary source collections currently under development: American prison newspapers, 1800 – 2020: Voices from the inside,  Student activism, and Understanding Hate in America: White nationalism and the press in the 1920s

As a funding library, Stanford users can access content prior to the eventual release of the contents to all.  We are also eager to partner with Reveal Digital to explore ways that materials from Stanford’s collections, including Special Collections and University Archives, can become accessible through these important open access initiatives.

 As an earlier project, the Reveal Digital Initiative’s Independent Voices project is open to all, providing open access “to alternative press newspapers, magazines and journals, drawn from the special collections of participating libraries. These periodicals were produced by feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Hispanics, LGBT activists, the extreme right-wing press and alternative literary magazines during the latter half of the 20th century.” 

As the Reveal Digital website notes, “Reveal Digital provides a library crowd-publishing model where libraries pool funds from their acquisitions budgets to develop open access curated primary source collections. Reveal Digital’s collections bring together fragmented documentary material from under-represented 20th century voices of dissent. Reveal Digital sources content from a wide array of libraries, museums, historical societies and individual collectors. The results are diverse thematic collections of scholarly value available to everyone everywhere.”

Thanks to Matt Marostica, Sarah Forzetting, and Chris Matson for their support of these resources. 

Stanford Libraries are excited to support and partner with the Reveal Digitial Initiative!