Loras College Library, Center for Dubuque History Receive Federal Grant

Loras College announced that it has been awarded a grant for $120,800 through the American Rescue Plan Act, a financial rescue measure passed by Congress in March. Funded through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the grant will support both the College library and the Loras College Center for Dubuque History (CDH).

“We are delighted to receive NEH funding to support the important work we are doing to support education and research in the humanities for the Loras community, as well as the broader Dubuque region,” Donna Heald, provost, said.

The grant addresses the need for more online access to materials in special collections and the CDH while restarting projects set aside during the pandemic.

“Funding made available from this grant will allow us to advance our efforts to digitize portions of the collection which will make it more accessible to researchers who cannot travel to campus and will help to advance research and study in the humanities,” Heald said.

Heidi Pettitt, access services and special collections librarian, explained, “At the conclusion of the grant, the library will be fully staffed, archival materials will be more accessible, rare book holdings will be more visible, and a book will be published, all of which will contribute to strengthening the support for the humanities and increasing student exposure to humanities-related research.”

The American Rescue Plan Act appropriated supplemental funding to NEH to provide emergency relief to institutions and organizations working in the humanities that have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. NEH is awarding grants to museums, libraries and archives, historic sites, independent research institutions, academic presses, professional organizations, colleges and universities, and other humanities organizations across the country to help these entities continue to advance their mission during the interruption of their operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).