The gist: I have been doing some historical map research for a recent project, which led me to discover a very cool folio of high-quality surveyor maps of the Mississippi River from the 1880s. Research and conversations with a couple map librarians at New York Public Library and LSU about the maps, leads to conclude that a WMS/Open Data compliant, georeferenced dataset has not yet been created for this extensive folio of archival cartographic work.
Core question For the project, I have successfully georeferenced a couple of the map-images. I think it would be awesome to georeference the full-set, however this is far outside the scope of my project. There are over 160 images to digitize & georeference, and I was wondering if anyone can think of any good non-profit, academic or grant funding for creating GIS open data layers?