............................The foundation’s archives and catalogs program has awarded more than $10.3 million, including two grants this week: $3.5 million to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., to collect and conserve the papers of its present and former scholars, including George F. Kennan, J. Robert Oppenheimer and Albert Einstein; and $2.4 million to the New York Philharmonic, where archivists will digitize 1.3 million pages, including a 1909 Mahler score for his First Symphony originally marked up by the composer and further annotated 50 years later by Leonard Bernstein.
In some cases, institutions like the Roundabout Theater Company and Federal Hall in Lower Manhattan barely realized they held potentially valuable archives. In others, historic documents and artifacts were stored in vaguely labeled boxes but never cataloged. Still others, like the Philharmonic, lacked the resources to make their collections more widely available through digitization, which also preserves them by reducing handling.
Except for grants to organizations like the Institute for Advanced Study, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and the Center for Khmer Studies in Cambodia (which is conducting an inventory of what was lost under the
), most of the recipients have been New York City cultural institutions, including the
New York Public Library
, Poets House, the
Brooklyn Academy of Music
, P.S. 1, the Frick’s Center for the History of Collecting, the
Museum of the City of New York
and the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy. (Many of the digitized collections can be accessed through the Levy Foundation Web site at