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Content, Context, and Capacity (CCC) was a collaborative large-scale manuscripts digitization project undertaken by the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) university libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The project began in the summer of 2011 and concluded in 2014.

Together, the four university libraries digitized a total of thirty-eight manuscript collections and archival record groups (creating approximately 360,000 digital objects). The digitized content is freely accessible on the open web through both Search TRLN and the four university libraries’ websites.

The Long Civil Rights Movement in North Carolina (ca. 1930s–1980s) was the thematic focus of CCC.

The main goals of CCC were:

  • To promote and support educational and scholarly research uses of modern manuscripts and archival resources
  • To provide a proof of concept for a collaborative approach to large-scale digitization
  • To develop shared standards and practices
  • To test interinstitutional workflows for use by the four libraries and other potential partners in future digitization projects


The TRLN university libraries were awarded a $150,000 grant in June 2011. The grant was made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division on the Department of Cultural Resources. Grant funding was renewed for two additional project years.

Learn More about the Project:

Project Staff

Jacqueline Dean, Principal Investigator (July 2013-end of project)
Lauren Menges, Project Librarian (January 2013-end of project)
Suzanne Huffman, Digital Production Manager (January 2013-end of project)
Jenn Riley, Principal Investigator (June 2012-June 2013)
Laura Clark Brown, Principal Investigator (July 2011-May 2012)
Joyce Chapman, Project Librarian (August 2011-November 2012)
Samantha Leonard, Digital Production Manager (August 2011-November 2012)

Please direct questions about the grant project to TRLN Program Officer, Lisa Croucher:

Grant Reporting

Year-End Reports

Quarterly Reports

Digitization Summary

For our online usage, qualitative, and quantitative assessment reports, please refer to our Evaluation page.


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