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Key words: 'Willa Cather' (this phrase)
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FEL-257166-18

Melissa J. Homestead
University of Nebraska, Board of Regents (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)

The Creative Partnership of Willa Cather and Edith Lewis

Completion of a book-length study of the personal and professional relationship of Willa Cather and Edith Lewis.

I am applying for support to complete a a biographical study of the relationship between American novelist Willa Cather and Edith Lewis, a magazine editor and advertising copywriter with whom Cather shared a home in New York City for 38 years. Lewis's professional expertise allowed her to act behind the scenes as Cather's editor, making significant changes to her prose in typescript, and to advise Cather on the management of her public persona. Their relationship was also social, familial, and domestic--they shared a home, networks of friends, and social relationships with each other's biological families. I argue that this "creative partnership," which combined the personal and the professional, enabled Cather's emergence as a major novelist.

Project fields:
American Literature; Gender Studies; Women's History

Program:
Fellowships

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 8/31/2019


RQ-260744-18

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Andrew Wade Jewell (Project Director: December 2017 to present)

The Complete Letters of American Writer Willa Cather

Work on the final stage of an online, open access edition of the complete correspondence of American novelist Willa Cather (1873-1947). (36 months)

We propose to edit American author Willa Cather’s complete correspondence for digital publication on the free and open-access Willa Cather Archive (cather.unl.edu). Thanks to previous NEH support, we are well on our way to completing the first stage of this edition. We are now asking for support to complete the edition so the remaining 1,500 letters--dispersed in over 70 repositories and full of tremendous detail about Cather's life, work, and relationships--can be included. This digital edition will feature texts transcribed and marked up in TEI P5 conformant XML, high-quality digital images of original documents, full multimedia annotations, and innovative search and browsing features including automatically-generated indices of names, titles, and geographic locations. The whole edition will be strengthened by its integration into the Willa Cather Archive, indisputably the central online resource for scholarly study of the author.

Project fields:
American Literature; U.S. History; Women's History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$278,000 (approved)
$278,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2021


FT-254220-17

Melissa J. Homestead
University of Nebraska, Board of Regents (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)

The Creative Partnership of American Novelist Willa Cather and Editor Edith Lewis

A book-length study of the collaboration between Willa Cather and Edith Lewis.

I propose to spend summer 2017 working on two chapters of my book “The Creative Partnership of Willa Cather and Edith Lewis,” which reconstructs and analyzes the relationship between Cather, an American novelist, and Lewis, a magazine editor and advertising writer with whom Cather shared a home in New York City for nearly four decades. The book, which will consist of an introduction and seven chapters, is under contract with Oxford University Press with a final delivery date of 1 September 2019. By May 2017, I anticipate having produced complete drafts of the introduction and three chapters. During the fellowship term, I propose to write two more chapters, one on Cather and Lewis’s shared Southwestern travels and Cather’s two novels drawing on those experiences, and another on Lewis’s career as an advertising copywriter and Cather’s engagements with commercial and celebrity culture in the 1920s.

Project fields:
American Literature; U.S. History; Women's History

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2017 – 8/31/2017


PR-253389-17

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Heather Marie Richards-Rissetto (Project Director: June 2016 to present)

Keeping Data Alive: Supporting Reuse and Repurposing of 3D Data in the Humanities

A project to develop 3D architectural models of Mayan cities in an open source database for reuse and repurposing in other architectural reconstructions, leading to the creation of an open source platform to host, deliver, and visualize 3D models linked to descriptive data.

The goals of this one year project are to develop workflows to: (1) generate, store, and make accessible 3D models of architecture in an open source database that scholars can (re)use and repurpose to create their own multi-scalar reconstructions ranging from individual buildings to entire cityscapes and (2) host, deliver, and visualize 3D models, linked to metadata, paradata, and descriptive data, in an open source 3D visualization environment. The project includes front-end and back-end deliverables that will contribute to data sustainability and accessibility in the humanities. Front-end deliverables include a project website hosting workflows with tutorials and a proto-database for beta-testing and capturing user feedback. Back-end deliverables include "white paper" describing the initial database design, data structuring, initial findings, ongoing challenges, and next steps.

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Project fields:
Archaeology; Architecture

Program:
Research and Development

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$74,368 (approved)
$71,719 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 12/31/2018


RQ-50816-14

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Andrew Wade Jewell (Project Director: January 2014 to present)

The Complete Letters of Willa Cather

Work on the first stage of an online, open access edition of the complete correspondence of American novelist Willa Cather (1873-1947). (36 months)

We propose to edit Cather’s complete correspondence for digital publication on the completely free and open-access Willa Cather Archive (cather.unl.edu). We are asking for NEH support for the first stage of this edition: 1,500 letters, or half the complete currently-known corpus. This digital edition will feature texts transcribed and marked up in TEI P5 conformant XML, high-quality digital images of original documents, full multimedia annotations, and innovative search and browsing features including automatically-generated indices of names, titles, and geographic locations. The whole edition will be strengthened by its integration into the Willa Cather Archive, indisputably the central online resource for scholarly study of the author.

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Project fields:
American Literature; U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$271,980 (approved)
$271,980 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 9/30/2018


RZ-20510-99

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Susan J. Rosowski (Project Director: September 1998 to present)

The Willa Cather Scholarly Edition

The continuing preparation of an edition of Willa Cather's works.

We are applying for the support to complete a 17-year project of the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition, which is providing the only accurate and fully researched texts of this major American writer. We request from NEH support for a three-quarter Assistant Editor, released time from teaching for the General Editor and Textual Editor, a workshop, and some travel allowance. We will focus during the grant period upon the final three volumes of the Edition, conducting collations, establishing the critical texts, preparing textual and explanatory apparatuses, submitting to CSE inspections and thence to the Press: Alexander's Bridge, The Song of the Lark, and One of Ours. Also during this grant period we will complete work on four volumes now underway: The Professor's House, Lucy Gayheart, Shadows on the Rock, and My Mortal Enemy.

Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$98,500 (approved)
$98,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/1999 – 4/30/2002


RZ-20108-97

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Susan J. Rosowski (Project Director: September 1996 to present)

The Willa Cather Scholarly Edition

To support the continuing preparation of a critical edition of the works of American novelist Willa Cather (1873-1947).

Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/1997 – 7/31/1999


RE-21199-94

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Susan J. Rosowski (Project Director: June 1993 to present)

The Willa Cather Scholarly Edition

To support the preparation of an edition of the writings of Willa Cather.

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Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Editions

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$79,485 (approved)
$79,485 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/1994 – 10/31/1997


FA-11728-77

Bernice Slote
University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)

Willa Cather: A Biography

To write a full-scale, detailed, critical biography of Willa Cather which will portray her as distinctly American in both her life and her art, but still a classic example of the fusion of world understanding and of local affection. Study will emphasize new material on l) her family background, 2) her early years, 3) her journalistic career, 4) her personality, and 5) her assessment of human values in American life.

Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$20,000 (approved)
$20,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/1978 – 12/31/1978


RO-11475-73

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Robert E. Knoll (Project Director: November 1972 to present)

The Art of Willa Cather

To investigate the nature, ramifications and significance of American novelist Willa Cather within a concentrated period of intellectual and critical cooperation. A working seminar on the "Art of Willa Cather" will be held.

Project fields:
Literature, General

Program:
Basic Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$14,125 (approved)
$14,125 (awarded)

Grant period:
11/1/1972 – 6/30/1974