Development and grants
Campaign for the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives
While the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives has grown in size, use, and visibility in the past nine years since the collection came to the University of Minnesota Libraries, there is still so much more that could be done. Currently, the Berman Fund only supports an archivist at 40% time, limiting their ability to fully support the growth of the collection and realize the vision of the collection’s founders. Annual distribution of a $2.5 million Berman Fund endowment will support the salary and benefits of a full-time archivist for the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives collection in perpetuity.
The Mapping Prejudice Project
The Mapping Prejudice project was awarded a $615,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant in December 2021 to expand in partnership with people in its communities.
This transformational funding will allow Mapping Prejudice to convene a think tank to bring together academics, researchers, and community fellows under the umbrella of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Over the last year, Mapping Prejudice also received funding from: The Medtronic Foundation, The Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation, The St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation, The Pohlad Family Foundation, and National Endowment for the Humanities.
Mapping Prejudice illuminates the history of racism in Minneapolis and provides data to help housing advocates and city planners right the wrongs of the past. This University of Minnesota Libraries project taps into a growing community interest to confront painful legacies of racism and to work towards a more equitable future.