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United Library Receives Historical Records Preservation Grant for Lucy Rider Meyer and Chicago Training School Digitization Project

June 18, 2014

The United Library at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary was awarded a Historical Records Preservation Grant to financially assist in the preservation and digitization of the Lucy Rider Meyer and Chicago Training School archives. Issued by the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board (ISHRAB) and the Illinois State Archives, the United Library is one of the first theological institutions in Illinois to be selected for this grant.

The Chicago Training School’s founder and first principal, Lucy Rider Meyer, was a pioneering religious leader of social service and women’s education. Garrett-Evangelical has been the repository of the Chicago Training School records and the Meyer’s papers since the merger in 1934. By organizing and digitizing the entire collection, which is an important part of the history of Illinois, particularly Chicagoland and The United Methodist Church, the public will have easy, open access to these valuable documents.

Upon receiving the grant, Dr. Jaeyeon Lucy Chung, library director and assistant professor of pastoral theology, said, “I am very excited that we have been selected as one of the grant awardees this year. It is very encouraging that the ISHRAB saw significant value in the CTS collection as part of Illinois’ history and endorsed our capability to complete the project. With this project funded by the ISHRAB grant and subsequent digitization projects, Garrett-Evangelical will continue to contribute to the wider community of scholars and religious leaders.” 

Founded in 1975, The Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board is the state level of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The mission of the ISHRAB is to promote the identification, preservation, access to and use of historical records in Illinois by advocating and encouraging professional custodianship and cooperation in the recordkeeping community in order to ensure citizens’ access to records and the preservation of their cultural and historical heritage.To learn more about Lucy Rider Meyer and the Chicago Training School, visit the seminary's history webpage.