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Archives & Special Collections Apprenticeship Program

Portrait of A&SC Intern, 2015-16

The Student Apprentice Lab is a student-centered learning environment and internship program targeted to SCU undergraduate students who wish to enhance their studies through experience working closely with primary research materials. Paired with a staff mentor, interns will be offered training in the methods and theories used when working with primary research materials. At the conclusion of the program year interns will produce a final scholarly product of their choosing, such as a poster or research paper presentation, a curated exhibit, or a digital collection.

  • $2,250 per student per quarter
  • $7,000 supports one student for one academic year
  • $14,000 supports two students for one academic year

Teaching with Primary Sources

This program would support SCU faculty who wish incorporate the use of primary source materials held by the University Library’s Archives & Special Collections in their classroom instruction. Funding will be awarded to support integration of primary sources into existing classes, or to facilitate the design of a syllabus for a new course to be offered to SCU students.

  • $1,000 stipend per faculty member
  • $4,000 to support a cohort of four faculty

Transforming Our Spaces

Students in the St. Clare Room Studying

The University Library is heavily utilized by students and we are constantly modifying learning spaces to meet the needs of our students. Donor support will help us continue to be an excellent place to learn and study by supporting space renovations. The top priority is to create a new enclosed silent study space for students.

  • $60,000-$80,000 to transform a lower level space into an enclosed silent study space for students

Enhancing Discovery

Archives & Special Collections is filled with a treasure trove of unique information. You can support our efforts to digitize our collections and make them fully accessible and searchable. Support includes the digitization of collections listed below as well as features to optimize searchability.

Course Catalogs Digitization

This project would create digital reproductions of 150+ years of University history, and allow for full text searching of faculty, staff, students, and courses. For many years, the program of commencement activities, which typically transpired over 3-5 days, were included in the catalogs, along with the names and hometowns of graduates.

  • Digitize course catalogs (approximately 45,000 pages): $5,600

Student Newspapers Digitization

Front page of The Santa Clara announcing admittance of women to SCU.

Digitize almost 100 years of microfilm of the student newspaper, The Santa Clara, providing unprecedented access to thousands of articles focusing on the daily life of students throughout the years. This project would create digital reproductions of the student newspapers and allow for full text searching. Enhanced metadata creation by a digitization vendor would allow students not only to search article titles but also provide for display of individual articles excerpted from master images. This project has the capability to tiered:

  • Tier 1: Scanning and generation of searchable full text: $6,000
  • Tier 2: Metadata creation for later enhancement: $4,000
  • Tier 3: Enhanced metadata creation for article segmentation: $26,000
  • Total project cost: $36,000
Make a Gift

Phone or Check

Please contact the Development Office at 408-554-4400.

To mail a pledge payment or donation, please send your check made payable to Santa Clara University to:

Santa Clara University
Development Office
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-1400

How to Give

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The Library also accepts donations of books and other library materials.

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