Southern Nazarene University Archives Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant

The Southern Nazarene University Fred Floyd Archives is one of 43 organizations selected to receive a $12,500 grant during the inaugural year of the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program of the Oklahoma Historical Society.

SNU’s project will create a comprehensive plan for storage of archival collections and relocate holdings to increase accessibility and usage. Currently archives are dispersed in multiple locations and the searchability of the collection is limited. The SNU Archives has increased its collection of artwork, artifacts and digital media, and now hopes to create better archival storage. The grant will fund storage materials, preservation supplies, environmental monitoring equipment and staff time. The Archives will be providing $1,250 towards cost-sharing for this project.

“This project will provide a strong foundation for increasing accessibility for students and patrons in the future,” said Julie Lyles, SNU Archives Director.

A wider range of patrons will be served through expanding the online listings for items that will be rehoused and photographed, including art pieces, rare books, and scrapbook items. This expanded set of listings creates new opportunities for internship projects, class research projects, and guided tours of the collection, as well as a new oral history project sparked by items in the collections.

The SNU Archives is free for use and open to the public during fall and spring academic terms on Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with meetings or appointments arranged on other days when the Library building is open. Collections may be accessed electronically through the SNU Library catalog and the Wesleyan Holiness Digital Library (whdl.org). Copying, scanning, and printing services are available.

The Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program distributed a total of just over $410,000 in grant funds, with projects ranging from collections care and exhibit development to strategic planning and educational programming. "We are very pleased with how well this first cycle of the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program has gone," said Nicole Harvey, grants administrator. "Both the variety of projects and the number of applications submitted show that this program is not only necessary, but a game changer for the future of collecting, preserving and sharing Oklahoma history in local communities across the state."

“Since 1899, SNU has provided academic excellence for students from all over the world, but especially here in Oklahoma and we are grateful for the Oklahoma Historical Society’s investment in our ability to share this story,” said SNU president, Dr. Keith Newman.

The Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program is a grants-in-aid program offered by the Oklahoma Historical Society with a goal of encouraging the collection, preservation and sharing of Oklahoma history at the grassroots level in all parts of the state. Open to tribal and municipal governments and not-for-profit historical organizations located in Oklahoma and registered with the Oklahoma secretary of state, this grants program offers funding ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 for projects focused on collections, exhibits and programming. Applications for this annual program open in the fall and award announcements are made in January. For more information visit okhistory.org/grants.

The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit okhistory.org.