SJCPL Awarded LSTA Grant

December 15, 2020 | By: Communications Staff

The St. Joseph County Public Library has received a grant in the amount of $11,082 to digitize 9,000 historical photo negatives from the South Bend Tribune. The images that will be digitized during the project are part of a larger collection donated to SJCPL by the South Bend Tribune in 2019. 

According to Ellen Anderson, Local & Family History Librarian, “These images document a chapter in St. Joseph County’s history. We are thrilled that this grant will make it possible for the community to study and enjoy them online.” The project includes photos that represent places and people in St. Joseph County from the 1950s to the 1990s, with an emphasis on historical buildings, natural places, businesses, community celebrations, and underrepresented groups. Michiana Memory, the library’s digital collections website, will host the project when it is completed in the summer of 2021.

This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library.

About St. Joseph County Public Library

The St. Joseph County Public Library (SJCPL) has served the people of St. Joseph County, Indiana, since 1889. Through 10 branches located in urban and rural areas, SJCPL strives to reflect the diversity of the local population and meet the needs of all patrons. With a collection of 479,139 volumes and 29,323 eBooks strong, the Library provides free and equal access to information and education. Annually, over 2 million items are checked out system wide. Engaging programs, classes, exhibits, and author talks are offered for all ages. From Studio 304 Digital Media Lab to smARTbox, SJCPL pushes the boundaries about what it means to be a library. SJCPL serves everyone in their pursuit to learn, discover, and experience. Learn more at To follow SJCPL on social media, visit Twitter (@sjcplib), Instagram (@sjcpl) or Facebook (@sjcplib).

About The Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission has been to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. For the past 20 years, our grant making, policy development, and research has helped libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit and follow IMLS on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

News Media Contact: Jennifer Henecke, Communications Manager, 574-235-4190

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