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American Folklore Society (Columbus, OH 43210)
Timothy Lloyd (Project Director, 07/16/2014 - present)
PW-228123-15
National Folklore Archives Initiative, Phase 2

To support: The second phase of the National Folklore Archives Initiative, which would expand access to archival collections documenting American folklife by increasing the number of institutions in the Folklore Collections portal. The project would enable online searching of the collections of 24 folklife archives around the country, as well as strengthen the capacity of collections staff at each institution to continue expanding the resources.

The American Folklore Society is requesting $271,762 to support the two-year second phase of the National Folklore Archives Initiative (NFAI), a consortial effort to provide open, online, integrated access to information about the archival collections held by folklore programs at academic institutions, community-based cultural and ethnic organizations, non-profit organizations, and state government-based arts and cultural agencies in the United States. The second phase of this initiative includes five interrelated activities: 1. Curate, develop, test, and distribute a scalable solution for larger-scale NFAI user training; 2. Continue work with existing archival partner sites to add content and value to our database; 3. Work with new archival partner sites to add additional content and value to our database and to build the NFAI community; 4. Implement additional organizational infrastructure for sustainability; and 5. Continue our partnership-building efforts.

Project fields: Folklore and Folklife
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $250,000 (approved); $250,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2015 – 4/30/2017

Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA 19106-2702)
James Voelkel (Project Director, 07/16/2014 - present)
PW-228135-15
Foundation Proposal for a Chymical Encyclopedia, Database, and Repository (CEDR)

To support: Planning for a reference resource, and development of a prototype, on the theory and practice of chemistry in the medieval through early modern eras, which would contain historical chemistry terminology, encyclopedia entries, digitized primary texts, and demonstrations.

The project proposes the creation of a reference resource on chemical processes and terminology pre-dating modern chemical notation that will inform historians, conservators and any other humanists interested in the material culture of the past. We envision a encyclopedia with definitive descriptions of substances and processes, a database of out-of-use chymical terms; and a repository of digitized original sources. We propose primarily an international planning workshop to coordinate a wide range of stakeholders, ranging from historians of technology and science, art historians and conservators, and archaeologists, to historically sensitive chemists and mineralogists. The workshop will establish editorial guidelines, methodology, and scope. We also propose prototyping elements of the encyclopedia, database, and repository, including the digitization of Macquer's 5-volume Dictionnaire de chymie (1789) and a medieval recipe book known as the "Secreti naturali."

Project fields: History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine, History of Science
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $39,457 (approved); $39,457 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2015 – 6/30/2017

The Moravian Archives (Bethlehem, PA 18018-2757)
Paul Peucker (Project Director, 07/16/2014 - present)
PW-228138-15
Eastern West Indies Records Planning Project

To support: A planning project to enable the conservation and digitization of 120 linear feet of archival records documenting the work of Moravian missionaries in the eastern West Indies over the past two centuries, with an emphasis on the history of the region’s enslaved populations.

The Moravian Archives in Bethlehem, Pa. (MAB) request a HCRR Foundations grant of $37,982 to assess the records from the Eastern West Indies, held by the Moravian Archives. The goal of the project is 1) prioritization of the material according to its humanities values, resulting in written guidelines for prioritization of treatment and digitization 2) To conduct an item-by-item collection survey of prioritized material, including condition reports, treatment plans and cost estimates 3) To develop a plan for the digitization of the collection and a plan for the long-term digital preservation of the images.

Project fields: History, Other
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $37,982 (approved); $37,982 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2015 – 2/29/2016

The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center (Austin, TX 78713-7219)
Stephen Mielke (Project Director, 07/17/2014 - present)
PW-228165-15
Preserving and Enhancing Access to Non-Commercial Sound Recordings at The Harry Ransom Center

To support: A preservation risk assessment of 13,991 sound recordings from the Harry Ransom Center’s archives documenting 20th-century writers and performers such as John Beecher, Erle Stanley Gardner, Gloria Swanson, David Mamet, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anne Sexton.

The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin requests funds to support a $35,132 one-year project to develop and complete a preservation survey of the Center’s archival sound recordings. This survey will establish, enhance, and document preservation digitization priorities, processes, and standards to ensure future access to a significant collection of primary research materials.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $18,900 (approved); $18,900 (awarded)
Grant period: 9/1/2015 – 8/31/2016

George Washington University (Washington, DC 20052-0001)
Christopher Brick (Project Director, 07/17/2014 - present)
PW-228221-15
An Initiative to Digitize and Disseminate Significant Portions of Eleanor Roosevelt's Audiovisual Legacy

To support: Preparation of an electronic edition of the 390 extant sound and moving image recordings made by Eleanor Roosevelt as a public affairs commentator and nationally syndicated broadcast journalist.

An Initiative to Digitize and Disseminate Significant Portions of Eleanor Roosevelt's Audiovisual Legacy

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $103,900 (approved); $103,900 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2015 – 4/30/2016

Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504)
Danielle Riou (Project Director, 07/17/2014 - present)
PW-228234-15
Milosevic Trial Public Archive

To support: Planning for a digital archive of 1,800 hours of streaming and downloadable video, expert reports, and complete transcripts of the trial of former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic at the United Nations war crimes court in the Hague.

The Human Rights Project at Bard College, in partnership with the nonprofit Internet Archive, is seeking funds to support the planning of an innovative archive that would provide free and fully-searchable streaming and downloadable video of the trial of former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic at the United Nations' war crimes court in The Hague. Milosevic was the first head of state ever to be tried for genocide, and the footage of his historic trial, which lasted from 2002 to 2006, includes more than 1,800 hours of testimony and procedure and represents a significant record of the decade of war that engulfed the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. This archive will feature sophisticated search capabilities and will be of significant value to scholars, educators, researchers, specialists, interdisciplinary artists, and documentary makers as well as to the general public. Jurisprudence, history, and linguistics are a few of the humanities disciplines that this project addresses.

Project fields: Law and Jurisprudence
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $40,000 (approved); $40,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 6/1/2015 – 5/31/2016

Chapman University (Orange, CA 92866-1005)
Doug Dechow (Project Director, 07/18/2014 - present)
PW-228297-15
Chapman University Center for American War Letters Foundations Grant Proposal

To support: A pilot project to digitize a group of 2,000 letters written by American military servicemen and women as a prelude to digitizing the complete collection of 90,000 war letters. The project would also entail preliminary arrangement and description of the collection.

Chapman University acquired author/historian Andrew Carroll’s unique collection of more than 90,000 war letters. Beginning with the American Revolutionary War and continuing through present-day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, these letters are a vital record of the collective memory of the American people, as witnessed by servicemen/women, and their loved ones. Through the Center for American War Letters (CAWL) this project will enable Chapman to develop a digital archiving plan to provide educators, veterans, historians and scholars access to these primary source materials as to provide a deeper insight into the national experience portrayed in the letters.

Project fields: Military History, Public History, U.S. History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $39,850 (approved); $39,850 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2015 – 4/30/2016

University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0001)
Patricia Fumerton (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - present)
PW-51517-14
EBBA: Early Broadside Ballads at Houghton Library, Harvard University

To support: The digitization and incorporation into an electronic archive of images of more than 1,100 works of English broadside ballads from the 17th century, as well as illustrative woodcuts, facsimile transcriptions, contextual essays, and audio files of sung versions of the ballads.

The University of California-Santa Barbara requests critical funding to launch an important 5th stage of its digital English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA) and include Harvard University's Houghton Library broadside ballads--1,137 works. Houghton has granted UCSB unprecedented permission to add its ballad holdings to EBBA. The expanded archive will provide high-quality digital facsimiles as well as "facsimile transcriptions," which preserve the ballads' original "look," with all their ornament, while transcribing the original font into easily readable roman type. In addition, we will offer deep cataloging according to TEI/XML/MARC standards, song recordings, informative essays, flexible search functions, and an improved technological infrastructure to both automate and enhance human cataloging of ballad "groupings" that are visually and textually similar. An expanded EBBA will open up new ways of understanding early modern popular culture, literature, art, music, and collectors.

Project fields: British Literature
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $300,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2014 – 5/31/2016

National Film Preservation Foundation (San Francisco, CA 94102)
Annette Melville (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - 11/16/2014); Jeff Lambert (Project Director, 11/17/2014 - present)
PW-51519-14
Recovering "Lost" American Nonfiction Films

To support: The repatriation and restoration of 26 U.S. nonfiction films from the 1910s and 1920s, currently located at EYE Film Institute Netherlands.

The NFPF requests $300,000 to preserve and present 26 American nonfiction films of the 1910s and 1920s, the period from which the fewest films survive. A time capsule of industry, agriculture, explorations, natural wonders, and current events, the works were found at EYE Film Institute Netherlands, evaluated onsite, and selected for their research value by a team of American scholars and archivists. Three-quarters no longer exist in the U.S.; the remainder are represented by poorer copies. With NEH support, the nitrate prints will be preserved to 35mm film with reconstructed English-language intertitles, in collaboration with EYE, AMPAS, GEH, LOC, and the Oregon Historical Society, and digital copies will be made available on the web, with new essays and music. Building on our successful repatriation efforts with Australia and New Zealand, this NFPF-led collaboration will recover "lost" resources for the humanities and pave the way for further film preservation partnerships in Europe.

Project fields: American Studies, Film History and Criticism
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $260,000 (approved); $260,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2014 – 4/30/2017

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC 27599-0001)
Hannah Gill (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - present)
PW-51527-14
NEW ROOTS: Improving Global Access of Latino Oral Histories

To support: Enhancement of public access to a collection of 175 oral histories documenting the migration and settlement of Latinos in the southern United States, particularly North Carolina, from the 1980s to the present.

We seek funding to enhance public access to The New Roots Latino Oral Histories, a collection of oral histories based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that documents the recent migration and settlement of Latinos in the southern United States. The project will enable better management and enhanced access to the oral histories, particularly within Spanish-speaking communities throughout the Americas. We will create a bilingual digital archive and a visually engaging website to connect public audiences to audio recordings, oral history transcripts, and a catalogue in English and Spanish. We will create an online publishing platform that will draw content from a larger repository at UNC Libraries using open source Omeka software. Funding will also support processing and translation of the collection's oral histories into Spanish and English and the creation of materials that will enable public audiences to better use and understand the collection.

Project fields: Immigration History, Latino History, Public History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $240,000 (approved); $240,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2014 – 6/30/2017

University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5 Canada)
Antonette Healey (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - 06/30/2014); Roy Liuzza (Project Director, 07/01/2014 - 03/10/2015); Robert Getz (Project Director, 03/10/2015 - present); Stephen Pelle (Co Project Director, 03/10/2015 - present)
PW-51530-14
Dictionary of Old English [DOE]

To support: The preparation of entries for the "Dictionary of Old English," a historical dictionary based on the entire extant corpus of Old English texts written between 650 and 1150 C.E.

The aim of the Dictionary of Old English (DOE) is to define the vocabulary of records written in English between 600 and 1150 C.E., using the technology of the twenty-first century. Because of its Electronic Corpus, comprising at least one copy of every Old English text, the DOE is based on a comprehensive examination of the surviving evidence. The DOE complements the other major historical dictionaries of English: the Middle English Dictionary (1100-1500 C.E.), and the Oxford English Dictionary (which catalogues English up to the present). DOE: A to G online (2007), the first Web version of the first eight letters (out of 22), created links to the online OED; in 2010 OED created reciprocal links to DOE. The 2013 internal version of DOE online displays links to MED and now for the first time to thumbnail manuscript images represented by Parker on the Web, providing users with the visual evidence for DOE's interpretation of some textual difficulties.

Project fields: English
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $200,000 (approved); $200,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2014 – 6/30/2016

Rutgers University, Camden (Camden, NJ 08102)
Charlene Mires (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - present)
PW-51539-14
The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

To support: Development of about 450 entries for the "Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia," an online reference resource that focuses on the history and culture of the region, which encompasses the City of Philadelphia and portions of the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers University-Camden seeks funding for The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, a civic project to build knowledge and understanding about the region encompassing the City of Philadelphia and portions of the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. This multi-phase project is a collaborative, digital-first initiative to create, aggregate, and share information about a region and its history. With essential planning and demonstration projects completed and initial digital publishing underway, the project seeks support for a new phase of content development and temporary expansion of editorial staff for two years of accelerated digital publishing, resulting in a minimum of 450 new published essays within the grant period. The priority for content development will be to broaden and deepen the project's metropolitan scope with essays that define and illuminate "Greater Philadelphia" as a region.

Project fields: U.S. History, Urban History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $300,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2014 – 6/30/2016

Harvard University (Cambridge, MA 02138-3800)
Afsaneh Najmabadi (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - present)
PW-51546-14
Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran

To support: The expansion of digital archives and a Web site that make available primary sources related to the social and cultural history of women during the Qajar dynasty (1785-1925) in Iran. This project would expand the resource's coverage of socio-economic classes, ethnicities, and geographic locales.

The WWQI project is a comprehensive digital archive and website that addresses a significant gap in the scholarship related to the Qajar dynasty in Iran by making available writings and other personal documents created by, and reflecting the lives of, women during the Qajar era. To date, the WWQI archive contains 33,000-plus digital facsimiles of primary source materials held by 43 private families and individuals and 10 major archival institutions. New funding will enable the WWQI project to not only increase the volume of its collections, but also to substantially expand the range of socio-economic classes, ethnicities, and geographic locations represented within the WWQI archive. The WWQI project draws upon the Harvard Libraries' robust and stable structure for cataloging, archiving, and maintenance-through-time of digital research collections, thus ensuring long-term access to all materials digitized under the auspices of NEH funding.

Project fields: Near and Middle Eastern History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $300,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 4/1/2014 – 3/31/2016

University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA 19104-6243)
Nancy Shawcross (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - 05/28/2014); David McKnight (Project Director, 05/29/2014 - present)
PW-51547-14
Providing Global Access to Penn's Indic Manuscripts, circa 1527-1930

To support: The cataloging and digitization of 2,850 South and Southeast Asian manuscripts dating from the 16th to the 20th centuries from the University of Pennsylvania's Rare Books and Manuscripts Library to enable free online access.

With the largest collection of Indic manuscripts in North America, the University of Pennsylvania Libraries propose to catalog and create digital facsimiles for all of its holdings. The images will be available to view, download, and harvest--free of charge, under a Creative Commons license--via the website, Penn in Hand: Selected Manuscripts. The project will provide more accurate metadata--which can be openly harvested and downloaded as XML files--than is contained in H. I. Poleman's 1938 publication, A Census of Indic Manuscripts in the United States and Canada, and will offer more access points--such as genres, uniform titles, subjects, and scribes--for researchers looking for relevant material. In addition, the names of authors and titles will be entered in their original scripts, making this Philadelphia-based collection a truly international resource. The outcome will afford global accessibility for Penn's unique materials, enhancing teaching and research worldwide.

Project fields: Asian Languages, South Asian History, South Asian Studies
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $230,000 (approved); $230,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2014 – 6/30/2017

University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH 03824-3585)
Siobhan Senier (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - present)
PW-51549-14
Writing of Indigenous New England: Building Partnerships for the Preservation of Regional Native American Literature

To support: Collaborative planning for creating access, through an online portal, to regional Native American writings held by small tribal archives across New England. Three pilot projects to test workflow for digitizing these materials would be undertaken and protocols and agreements for future collaborative work would be drafted.

The project will convene a group of regional Native American knowledge keepers, humanities scholars, and digitization and intellectual property experts for project and planning activities associated with the online portal, "Writing of Indigenous New England." At present our growing collaboration includes scholars, librarians, web developers and tribal historians from New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. We seek NEH funding to accomplish three initial goals: (1) convene a 2-day editorial board meeting and planning session, from which we will (2) write up our editorial guidelines and priorities, agree on culturally-sensitive intellectual property protocols, and establish technical specifications for the website; and (3) run three pilot projects at the Tomaquag Museum (RI), Indigenous Resource Collaborative (MA), and Passmaquoddy Heritage Center (ME), to help us establish workflow, clarify budget and staffing expectations, and begin drafting some larger funding proposals.

Project fields: Native American Studies
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $39,655 (approved); $39,655 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2014 – 4/30/2016

University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA 52242-1302)
Bethany Davis (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - present)
PW-51553-14
Preserving, Digitizing, and Providing Access to the Keith/Albee Vaudeville Theater Collection

To support: The conservation treatment, digitization, and preparation for crowdsourced transcription of 150 oversize scrapbooks documenting the Benjamin Keith and Edward Albee vaudeville theater circuit.

With this three-year project, the University of Iowa Libraries proposes to (1) provide conservation treatment for the 150 oversize scrapbooks in the Keith/Albee Vaudeville Theater Collection held by the UI Libraries Special Collections department, (2) create digital facsimiles of these scrapbooks for inclusion in the Iowa Digital Library, and (3) consequently, preserve and expand access to a highly used humanities research collection that is rapidly deteriorating as a result of brittle book syndrome and frequent handling.

Project fields: Film History and Criticism, Theater History and Criticism, U.S. History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $300,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2014 – 4/30/2017

Stanford University (Stanford, CA 94305)
Michael Keller (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - present)
PW-51566-14
Cross-Disciplinary Dialogue: Discovering the Art of Helen and Newton Harrison

To support: Processing papers and digital files, reformatting audio and video recordings, creating finding aids for, and providing digital access to a collection documenting the work of eco-art movement artists Helen and Newton Harrison, encompassing 230 linear feet of mixed materials and 1.5 million digital files.

Researchers and practitioners alike have found it necessary to take account of the dissolution of disciplinary boundaries in their work as they articulate the complex problems of the 20th and 21st centuries. The Harrisons have played leading roles in both inciting this methodological change and demonstrating where this kind of work can lead. The collection contains a wide variety of formats of materials and is coupled with their ground breaking integration of both analog and born-digital materials. A processing and preservation project is therefore an efficient option informed by key intellectual intersections. The grant project will take 1.5 years to complete. At the end of the project, we will have processed 230 linear feet of mixed materials, reformatted all the audio and video elements, captured and processed born-digital material (0.5 terabytes or 1.5 million files).

Project fields: Arts, General, Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $250,000 (approved); $250,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2014 – 4/30/2016

Harvard University (Cambridge, MA 02138-3800)
Peter Der Manuelian (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - present)
PW-51569-14
The Giza Project: Consolidated Archaeological Reference Database

To support: The creation of an integrated database of archaeological data from excavations at the Egyptian site of Giza, distributed across ten institutions in the United States, Europe, and Egypt, representing some 170,000 digital files.

The Giza Project is an international initiative dedicated to the collection, electronic preservation, scholarship, and popular presentation of the world's most famous archaeological site: the Giza Pyramids. We are currently poised to present Giza's rich cultural legacy to the global community by undertaking the creation of the GizaCARD, a core database with the innovative goal of being the central repository and research hub for all Giza data from all collections worldwide and spanning all periods. GizaCARD will represent an unprecedented global collaborative effort and will in future feed a new public website that embeds traditional archaeological documentation into an immersive 3D computer model of the entire site of Giza. The Giza Project provides a model of archaeological and archival information management and demonstrates how digital archaeology may become a new public forum for inquiry and discovery for all.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $300,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2014 – 4/30/2016

University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA 19104-6243)
Carol Ransom (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - present)
PW-51580-14
The New Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts: A Research Tool for Tracking the Current and Historic Locations of Manuscripts

To support: Development of an online collaborative catalog for researching the historic and current locations of manuscript books produced before 1600.

The New Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts: A Research Tool for Tracking the Current & Historic Locations of Manuscripts is a three-year project to redevelop the current Schoenberg Database into an online, collaborative tool for researching the historic & current locations of the world's manuscripts produced before the age of print. This project will result in a simple, innovative solution to a historic problem & a global task. Starting with existing data from the current version, the new Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts will be an online, user-driven, collaborative tool for creating a "meta-catalogue" for indexing & finding the world's manuscripts. The New Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts will employ numerous strategies to build, maintain & encourage a vibrant & proactive user-community & will seek partnerships with other similar, online resources to strengthen the content of the database as well as our partners' content by allowing cross-searching capabilities across platforms.

Project fields: Medieval Studies
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $300,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2014 – 6/30/2017

Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI 48824-1168)
Helen Veit (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - present)
PW-51583-14
What America Ate: U.S. Foodways of the Great Depression

To support: The digitization of primary sources about the history of food in the United States from 1930 to 1942, including surviving materials created by the Works Progress Administration, 200 community cookbooks, and a selection of commercial food advertising and packaging. These written materials, photographs, and recipes will be made openly accessible through "What America Ate," a digital archive on American eating and foodways during the Great Depression.

Michigan State University (MSU), in cooperation with two other university libraries and three state archives, will create a digital archive on the history of American eating during the Great Depression. The What America Ate archive will feature a range of digitized culinary sources from 1930 to early 1942, including papers from the original Works Progress Administration America Eats project, housed at the U.S. Library of Congress, Montana State University Library, and the state archives of New York, North Dakota, and Kentucky, and 200 community cookbooks produced around the country during the Depression, held in the MSU Library's Special Collections and the University of Michigan Library's Janice Bluestein Longone's Culinary Archive. The digital archive will also include over 700 rare advertisements, food packaging materials, and commercial cookbooks produced by food companies in the 1930s from MSU's Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Culinary Ephemera Collection.

Project fields: Cultural History, U.S. History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $299,994 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2014 – 4/30/2017

University of Chicago (Chicago, IL 60637-5418)
James Nye (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - present)
PW-51584-14
Digital Dictionaries of South Asia: Scholarly Resources for the Advanced Study of the Subcontinent

To support: The completion of monolingual dictionaries for inclusion in the Digital Dictionaries of South Asia project for the following eight languages: Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Panjabi, Prakrit, Sindhi, Sinhala, and Telugu. In addition, access tools for these resources would be developed, including improved search and display capacities for the online interface, new analytical tools, complete content delivery and access for mobile devices, and the addition of audio pronunciation examples for two of the languages.

The University of Chicago proposes a two-year project to convert and disseminate monolingual and etymological dictionaries as electronic resources. This will extend the coverage of the Digital Dictionaries of South Asia (DDSA) and support humanities research and advanced language learning in Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Panjabi, Prakrit, Sindhi, Sinhala, and Telugu. Additionally, the dictionaries currently available from DDSA will be enhanced through improved facilities for searching and displaying data, content delivery to mobile devices, and other improvements. This project addresses the significant lack of authoritative on-line lexical resources for several major South Asian languages. The scholarly importance of these dictionaries ensures their wide usage by both academicians and the general public.

Project fields: Asian Languages
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $300,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2014 – 4/30/2016

California State University, Dominguez Hills Foundation (Carson, CA 90747)
Gregory Williams (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - present)
PW-51585-14
California State University Japanese American Digitization Planning Grant

To support: Planning and implementation of a pilot project to digitize archival sources at six California State University (CSU) system schools dealing with Japanese American internment during World War II.

A consortium of California State University archives requests support for a Foundations project to plan for the digitization of documents concerning the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The goal of the proposal is to identify Japanese American collections and unite those collections digitally through a website.

Project fields: Asian American Studies, Immigration History, U.S. History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $39,956 (approved); $39,956 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2014 – 4/30/2015

Academy Foundation (Los Angeles, CA 90211-1907)
Teague Schneiter (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - present)
PW-51595-14
Academy Motion Picture Oral History Digital Archive - Planning Project

To support: A strategic planning effort for and initial development of the Academy Motion Picture Oral History Digital Archive, a repository that would include more than one thousand oral history interviews with screen and radio actors, directors, writers, composers, cinematographers, editors, and other production staff, which have been collected from 1947 to the present.

To support the development of a comprehensive strategic plan to create the Academy Motion Picture Oral History Digital Archive, the first industry-wide collection of motion picture-related oral and visual histories. With interviews recorded in 1947 through the present, the Archive will bring together the oral and visual history collections of a founding consortium of the Academy, Art Directors Guild, Film Music Foundation, International Cinematographers Guild, Motion Picture Editors Guild, Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), and Writers Guild Foundation.

Project fields: Film History and Criticism
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $40,000 (approved); $40,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2014 – 4/30/2015

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras (Rio Piedras, PR 00931-3300)
Flavia Marichal-Lugo (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - present)
PW-51606-14
Digitizing the Puerto Rican Poster Collection of the Museum of History, Anthropology and Art at the University of Puerto Rico

To support: Cataloging and digitization of 4,000 art posters dating from the 20th and 21st centuries that illuminate many aspects of Puerto Rico's social, political, and cultural life.

The proposed Digitizing the Puerto Rican Poster Collection of the Museum of History, Anthropology and Art at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus is a three-year project that will digitize 4,000 posters of the 20th and 21st centuries. Digitizing this collection will preserve the collection and enable the transfer of information about them from a manual record into a computerized collections management system, and will make the museum's unique holdings accessible globally.

Project fields: Arts, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $220,000 (approved); $220,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 8/1/2014 – 4/30/2017

University of South Carolina, Columbia (Columbia, SC 29208-0001)
Henry Fulmer (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - present); Colin Wilder (Co Project Director, 07/07/2014 - present)
PW-51607-14
Plants and Planter: Henry William Ravenel and the Convergence of Science and Agriculture in the Nineteenth-Century South

To support: The digitization and reunification of over 6,200 plant specimens and nearly 5,000 pages of documents collected or created by South Carolinian naturalist Henry William Ravenel (1814-1887). The resulting digital collection will allow full-text searching and browsing by subject heading for archival materials and provide a map to browse the locations where botanical specimens were collected.

Plants and Planter explores the life, business pursuits, and natural history interests of South Carolina planter, botanist, and agricultural writer Henry William Ravenel (1814-1887). Digitizing and reuniting over 6,200 botanical specimens collected by Ravenel with his voluminous and multifaceted journals and other primary source materials totaling almost 5,000 pages. Plants and Planter will digitize fragile archival and specimen materials; OCR text of archival materials to allow for full-text searching and geographic information visualization; establish a Web site accessible by the general public as well as researchers and students and powered by the Drupal 7 content management system which will unite the digitized materials and interpretive texts in an easy-to-use interface allowing for keyword and full-text searching, thematic browsing, and mapping of specimen locations. The Web site will allow for the research and teaching of 19th-century natural science and regional history.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $84,870 (approved); $84,870 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2014 – 4/30/2016

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA 02139-4307)
Christine Walley (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - present)
PW-51624-14
Preparing to Preserve, Digitize, and Catalog the Southeast Chicago Historical Museum Collection

To support: Producing detailed plans for cataloging and digitization of the Southeast Chicago Historical Museum's collection on the history of Chicago.

The proposed project will complete detailed plans for preserving, digitizing, and cataloguing a portion of the incredible wealth of multi-media materials collected by the Southeast Chicago Historical Museum. This will be the first step in making the collection accessible to scholars as well as the general public via a searchable, interactive website. The Southeast Chicago Historical Museum emerged in the early 1980s as the regional steel industry was collapsing and became a central repository for area residents to collect and preserve artifacts relating to the industrial as well as social, cultural, and environmental history of this once vibrant region. The proposed work includes: 1) assessing the condition of the collection; 2)developing criteria for prioritizing content for preservation and digitization; 3)creating a metadata scheme that supports exploration and analysis;4)developing technical standards for preserving assets; and 5)structuring a preservation & digitization work plan.

Project fields: Anthropology
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $39,610 (approved); $39,610 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2014 – 4/30/2015

University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94720-1501)
Charles Faulhaber (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - present)
PW-51633-14
PhiloBiblon: Primary Sources for the Study of the Literature and Culture of Medieval and Early Modern Iberia

To support: Updating PhiloBiblon, a bio-bibliographical database of texts written in the vernacular Romance languages of medieval and early modern Iberia-Portuguese, Castilian, Catalan, and Galician. The project would enhance the project's software and would incorporate 7,000 15th-century Spanish lyrics.

The goal of this eighteen-month project is to take steps to provide for the sustainability of PhiloBiblon, which serves as a vehicle for four major bio-bibliographical databases on the Romance vernacular cultures (Castilian, Portuguese, Galician, Catalan) of medieval and early modern Iberia (containing a total of almost 315,000 records). Succession planning is under way for staff and host institutions, but we must also ensure that both the database application software and the web-hosting software will remain viable vehicles for the dissemination of materials critical for the study of medieval and early modern Iberia, and, more importantly, that the data themselves remain available for the foreseeable future.

Project fields: Medieval History, Medieval Studies, Spanish Literature
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $60,000 (approved); $50,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 6/1/2014 – 11/30/2015

University of Southern Maine (Portland, ME 04103-4864)
Yolanda Theunnissen (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - 12/14/2014); Ian Fowler (Project Director, 12/15/2014 - present)
PW-51635-14
Thinking Globally: Conservation of an Historic Globe Collection and Creation of an Online Resource on Geographic Education

To support: Conservation and digitization, through 3D imaging, of 21 historic globes, dating from the 17th to the 19th century, that document the history of cartography and exploration; and the creation of an online resource with digital access to 30 globe manuals and 300 instructional texts from the same period.

We propose to create an open, online resource that will present historic globes (1603-1900) in innovative, interactive 3D animations together with a corpus of 330 works (1668-1900) about the use of globes in education. This resource will support the further cultural and material analysis of historic globes as well as their incorporation in to K-12 education in history, geography, and spatial and visual literacy. A precondition of the project is to stabilize and restore to legibility 21 rare and irreplaceable globes (1603-1856) that form the essential core of our unique collection; we request NEH support specifically for this necessary conservation work.

Project fields: Cultural History, Geography, History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $260,000 (approved); $260,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2014 – 6/30/2016

Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI 48824-1168)
Candace Keller-Claytor (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - present)
PW-51639-14
MSU Archive of Malian Photography

To support: The cataloging and digitization of 100,000 prints and negatives from the archives of five Malian professional photographers who have been active from the 1940s to the present. These works document traditional cultural and religious practices, the history of dress, gender, and status, and colonialism and modernization in southern Mali.

The MSU Archive of Malian Photography will digitize, catalog, preserve, and render freely accessible to a worldwide audience 100,000 rare images from the original archives of five professional photographers in Mali. Created by prominent African practitioners whose work was commissioned by private patrons as well as State governments, these images document traditional cultural and religious practices, rural festivals, early colonial developments, and processes of modernization in Ségu, Mopti, and Bamako, as the latter transitioned from a small agrarian trading village into an urban center and national capital. Recording local practices from African perspectives, these visual materials contain important twentieth century representations of local aesthetics, methods of identity construction and preservation, and documentary strategies.

Project fields: Art History and Criticism
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $299,989 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2014 – 4/30/2016

Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899)
Jennifer Redmond (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - 03/31/2014); Eric Pumroy (Project Director, 04/01/2014 - present)
PW-51645-14
History of Women's Education Open Access Portal Project

To support: A Foundations-level project to plan and conduct pilot work for an online portal to archival sources pertaining to the history of women's higher education in the United States.

Bryn Mawr College, in collaboration with Barnard College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Vassar College, Wellesley College, and the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, seeks support for a Foundations project to develop a shared approach to cataloging and providing access to the letters, diaries, and scrapbooks from the first generations of women to attend college. The seven colleges, once known as the Seven Sisters and regarded as the equivalent of the Ivy League before those institutions admitted women, contain extensive holdings of student personal writings dating back to the late-nineteenth century, an unparalleled and only partially tapped resource for the study of a wide range of women's history issues over the last century and a half. The seven institutions propose to make their collections more widely accessible through the development of a common search portal and shared standards for metadata and thematic vocabulary.

Project fields: American Studies, Women's History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $39,650 (approved); $39,650 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2014 – 5/31/2015

Jewish Theological Seminary of America (New York, NY 10027-4649)
Naomi Steinberger (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - present)
PW-51659-14
Conservation and Digitization of the Cairo Genizah

To support: The conservation and digitization of 6,000 manuscript fragments from the Library's Cairo Genizah collection.

The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary proposes to conserve, catalog, and re-house material from its Cairo Genizah collection and, in partnership with The Friedberg Genizah Project, digitize and provide online access to this material for scholars and the public. The Cairo Genizah is a valuable source of information about Jewish and non-Jewish religious, economic, social, and personal life in North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean from the 9th to the 19th century. The Library's Genizah collection is comprised of 43,000 fragments--the second-largest in the world. This project will make approximately 6,000 of these fragments that are currently unreadable or too fragile to be handled and digitized widely available for research for the first time, and complete The Library's part in an ongoing international collaboration.

Project fields: Jewish Studies, Medieval History, Near and Middle Eastern History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $231,880 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2014 – 4/30/2016

Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688)
Andra Darlington (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - present)
PW-51670-14
Creating Access to the Knoedler Gallery Archive

To support: The arrangement and description, and partial digitization, of an art gallery archive containing 1,400 linear feet of records documenting the acquisition and sale of European and American art in the United States between 1848 and 1971.

This application seeks support to accelerate processing and partial digitization of the recently acquired M. Knoedler & Co. Archive (1848-1971). The Knoedler Archive is one of the most important collections on the formation and history of the American art market, and development of private collections that later formed the central collections of the first American art museums, including the National Gallery of Art, the Frick Collection, the Huntington Library, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The proposed project will arrange, preserve, and describe the files of the twelve series, and digitize client correspondence, index cards, and 42 volumes of stock and sales books. Once processed, the Knoedler Archive will be freely accessible to scholars, researchers, curators, artists, and the interested public for new research, education, and programming. This 30-month project is scheduled to begin July 1, 2014 and end December 31, 2016.

Project fields: Art History and Criticism
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $300,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2014 – 10/31/2016

University of Delaware (Newark, DE 19716-0099)
J. Ritchie Garrison (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - present)
PW-51671-14
The Sampler Archive Project: Phase 2

To support: The second phase of development of the Sampler Archive, an online digital repository and searchable database of images and descriptive information about American girlhood samplers and pictorial embroideries from the 17th through the 19th centuries.

The purpose of the Sampler Archive Project is to create an online digital repository and searchable database that brings together digital images and detailed descriptive information on American girlhood samplers and pictorial embroideries from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. The Sampler Archive Project: Phase 2 will build on the work already completed in Phase 1 by: (a) increasing the number of museum objects in the online database from 300 to 2300; (b) increasing the types of contributors the project can work with by developing protocols for non-institutional partners; and (c) enhancing the Sampler Archive's website to increase functionality for scholars and other audiences.

Project fields: American Studies, Arts, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $300,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2014 – 4/30/2016

University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA 95211-0110)
Caroline Schroeder (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - present)
PW-51672-14
Coptic SCRIPTORIUM: Digitizing a Corpus for Interdisciplinary Research in Ancient Egyptian

To support: Planning for the creation of a digitized corpus of Coptic texts of importance to scholarship in biblical studies, early Christian history, and linguistics. The project would develop a pilot text corpus and establish technical standards to ensure interoperability of the corpus with other digital projects on the ancient world.

Coptic, having evolved from the language of the hieroglyphs of the pharaonic era, represents the last phase of the Egyptian language and is pivotal for a wide range of disciplines, such as linguistics, biblical studies, the history of Christianity, Egyptology, and ancient history. The Coptic language has proven essential for the decipherment and continued study of Ancient Egyptian and is of major interest for Afro-Asiatic linguistics and Coptic linguistics in its own right. Coptic manuscripts are sources for biblical and extra-biblical texts and document ancient and Christian history. Coptic SCRIPTORIUM will advance knowledge in these fields by increasing access to now largely inaccessible texts of historical, religious, and linguistic significance. The project designs digital tools and methodologies and applies them to literary texts, creating a rich open-access corpus.

Project fields: Classical Languages, Computational Linguistics, History of Religion
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $40,000 (approved); $40,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2014 – 8/31/2015

New-York Historical Society (New York, NY 10024-5152)
Henry Raine (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - present)
PW-51674-14
Access to the New-York Historical Society's American Historical Manuscripts Collection

To support: The cataloging and conservation of 6,000 manuscript collections documenting the history of New York City and the United States more generally, spanning the 17th to 20th centuries.

The New-York Historical Society respectfully requests funds to support the first two years of a four-year project to catalog and conserve the American Historical Manuscript Collection. This collection consists of 12,000 distinct, small collections, averaging about 40 pages each, and dating from the seventeenth through twentieth centuries. The contents, a range of physical formats including account books, baptism records, bills, certificates, date books, deeds, diaries, indentures invoices, leases, letters, receipts, tax records and wills, comprise a powerful amalgam of multiple creators, subject areas, time periods, and geographic locations that offer unprecedented views into the history of New York and the United States. Funds will support the hire of two cataloguers and two cataloging assistants over a two-year period.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $300,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2014 – 4/30/2016

Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum (Chicago, IL 60605-2403)
Jodi Lacy (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - present)
PW-51687-14
Celestial Cartography Digitization Project

To support: The digitization of 5,300 celestial maps and star charts, works on paper, scientific instruments, and prints from the 15th to 20th centuries, documenting humanity's visual depictions of the cosmos.

The Adler Planetarium seeks NEH support to digitize and make accessible all celestial cartography in the Adler collections. Dating from the fifteenth to the twentieth century, the Adler's celestial cartography focuses on European astronomy, but also includes significant examples from China and the Islamic world. The intellectual content of the Adler's celestial cartography reaches well beyond the history of astronomy. Researchers use the collection to study subjects related to the history of religion, navigation, technology, art, and printing. From antiquity to the present day, maps of the heavens are tools for understanding human life on Earth. As a result of the celestial cartography digitization project, fragile collections materials will be preserved and available for use in Adler programming. Digitizing celestial cartography and making it freely accessible will open new interdisciplinary research possibilities in art, history, and science.

Project fields: Arts, Other, History of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $109,164 (approved); $109,164 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2014 – 4/30/2016

University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001)
Louis Kyriakoudes (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - present)
PW-51692-14
The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi: Providing Access at the 50th Anniversary

To support: The digitization, indexing, and online publication of 483 oral history interviews documenting the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi.

The Center for Oral History & Cultural Heritage at The University of Southern Mississippi seeks two years of funding in order to preserve and to make widely available to scholars and the public oral histories related to the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi. Recorded on analog media, these media are currently available only to scholars who can access the collection in person and they are in danger of degradation due to age and media. We ask for funding to support the digitization of these oral histories, compilation of detailed recording logs, and cataloging through the University Libraries. Digital media will then be shared, with complete metadata, to scholars and the public by publishing not only in the Southern Mississippi card catalog, but also through the Mississippi Digital Library (http://www.msdiglib.org) and the Civil Rights Digital Archive.

Project fields: African History, U.S. History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $260,000 (approved); $260,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2014 – 4/30/2016

Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA 19101-7646)
Susan Anderson (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - present); Matthew Affron (Co Project Director, 06/09/2014 - present)
PW-51697-14
Building a Duchamp Research Portal at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

To support: A planning grant for the development of an online research portal for digitized archival materials created by or related to the artist Marcel Duchamp.

Home to the largest and most significant collection of Marcel Duchamp artwork in the world, as well as an unparalleled collection of Duchamp-related archival materials, the Philadelphia Museum of Art seeks a one-year planning grant to pursue the first online research portal for digitized archival and reference materials created by or related to the artist. This work will be undertaken in collaboration with the Association Marcel Duchamp and the Musée National d'Art Moderne and Bibliothèque Kandinsky at Paris's Centre Georges Pompidou. Planning activities include consultation with copyright and technical specialists; collections surveys; and a meeting of an Advisory Board, representing Duchamp scholars, arts institutions, and technology and humanities advisors to formalize plans for designing, creating, and maintaining the Research Portal. A comprehensive white paper will document all planning efforts and guide project implementation.

Project fields: Arts, Other, History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $40,000 (approved); $40,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 10/1/2014 – 3/31/2016

Museum of the City of New York (New York, NY 10029-5287)
Lindsay Turley (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - present)
PW-51704-14
Illuminating New York City History: Processing, Cataloging, Digitizing, and Rehousing the Museum's Ephemera Collections

To support: Assessment, processing, cataloging, digitization, and rehousing of the Museum of the City of New York's 7,200-item Ephemera Collections documenting a wide range of topics in the history of New York and the United States.

The Museum of the City of New York seeks a grant of $142,056 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support a two-year project to improve stewardship of and increase public access to a major collection of printed and three-dimensional ephemera through archival assessment and processing, cataloging, digitization, and rehousing. This initiative will extend the useful life of these holdings for research, exhibition, and public programming. Containing over 7,200 objects of material culture, the Museum's Ephemera Collections include advertisements, handbills, pamphlets, menus, invitations, medals, pins, buttons, badges, three-dimensional souvenirs, and printed textiles, such as ribbons and sashes. These objects-the minor and transient documents and souvenirs of everyday life-provide visual and material insight into New Yorkers' engagement with the social, creative, civic, political, and physical dynamics of the city, from the Colonial era to the present day.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $125,000 (approved); $125,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2014 – 4/30/2016

Early Manuscripts Electronic Library (Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274-4182)
Chet Van Duzer (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - present)
PW-51707-14
Multi-spectral Imaging of the World Map by Henricus Martellus (c. 1491) at the Beinecke Library, Yale University

To support: Multi-spectral imaging and digitization of a 15th-century world map, drawn by Henricus Martellus, a German cartographer who worked in Florence, and documenting knowledge of cartography and the world's geography at the time.

This proposal seeks NEH funding to create and make available to scholars and the interested public world-wide multi-spectral images of one of the most important and influential maps of the fifteenth century, which was made by Henricus Martellus and resides in the Beinecke Library at Yale. This large and unique map probably influenced the geographical ideas of Christopher Columbus, but fading and scuffing of the map have rendered most of the texts on the maps illegible. Multispectral images of the map should render many of those texts legible, and thus make deep scholarly study of the map possible. The images would be made permanently and freely available to the public for use via the internet on the Beinecke Digital Library in both Jpeg2000 and TIFF formats.

Project fields: History of Science, Renaissance History, Renaissance Studies
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $34,268 (approved); $34,268 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2014 – 4/30/2015

American Numismatic Society (New York, NY 10032)
Andrew Meadows (Project Director, 07/22/2013 - present)
PW-51711-14
Online Coins of the Roman Empire

To support: Cataloging and digitization of approximately 46,000 Roman Imperial coins in the society's collection, and creation of an online reference database describing Roman imperial coin types, with links to specimens in other major coin collections.

Implementation of Online Coins of the Roman Empire (IOCRE) is a project with four fundamental aims. 1. To publish fully online, for the first time, the major reference collection of Roman Imperial coinage of the American Numismatic Society. 2. To use the principles of Linked Open Data to aggregate data on existing specimens of Roman imperial coins from international collections so as to supplement data from the ANS's own collection to create a virtual catalog (OCRE) that for the first time makes the entirety of Roman Imperial coinage easily accessible to all audiences. 3. To ensure that OCRE leverages existing vocabularies, such as Dublin Core and the specialized numismatic vocabulary hosted at nomisma.org. 4. To implement and publish OCRE as an open access tool for the identification, cataloging and research of Roman coinage by a broad range of users, from museum professionals and archaeologists to students and researchers in related humanities disciplines.

Project fields: Ancient History, Archaeology, Art History and Criticism
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $300,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2014 – 4/30/2017

Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. (Charlottesville, VA 22902-0316)
Jillian Galle (Project Director, 08/01/2013 - present)
PW-51724-14
Beyond the Mansion 2.0: Completing a Digital Archive for Thirty Years of Archaeological Research at The Hermitage

To support: Cataloging and digitization of 365,000 artifacts from Andrew Jackson's home, The Hermitage, located near Nashville, Tennessee, that document socio-cultural relations between the owners and the enslaved population from the late 18th century through emancipation.

From 1804 until 1845 The Hermitage was home to Andrew Jackson and scores of enslaved men, women, and children who labored in the fields of Jackson's cotton plantation near Nashville, Tennessee. To shed needed light on the daily lives of The Hermitage's enslaved community, archaeologists excavated hundreds of thousands of artifacts from twelve domestic sites of slavery. Despite extensive excavations, compelling insights, based on archaeological evidence, into the economic, social, and cultural dynamics of The Hermitage plantation community have remained elusive. This proposal requests funds to catalog, analyze, digitize and disseminate data on hundreds of thousands of artifacts and archaeological contexts from six excavation areas at the First Hermitage. These collections are currently virtually inaccessible to researchers and the public and making the data available will yield new insights into changing lifeways of enslaved people during the 19th century in the Upper South.

Project fields: African American Studies, Archaeology, U.S. History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $300,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 6/1/2014 – 5/31/2017

Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, TN 37132-0001)
Dale Cockrell (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51264-13
American Vernacular Music Manuscripts, ca. 1730-1910

To support: The cataloging and digitization of 230 American vernacular music manuscripts dating from 1730 to 1910.

This is a collaborative project between the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University and the American Antiquarian Society to digitize, catalog, and provide web-based public access to their American vernacular music manuscripts collections, dated ca. 1730-1910. We will: take conservation measures where necessary; digitize all materials to archival standards; develop a bibliographic description of each manuscript; catalog the materials in MARC format record structure that includes content (song-level) inventories; build the "American Vernacular Music Manuscripts" website, which will direct users to appropriate page images stored on Internet Archive; develop a system for long-term/redundant storage of all digital files; launch the resulting website onto the Internet; and advertise its public access. We will also establish vernacular music manuscript cataloging guidelines and create a cataloging manual that other repositories may employ.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $127,956 (approved); $127,956 (awarded)
Grant period: 9/1/2013 – 11/30/2015

Des Moines Art Center (Des Moines, IA 50312-2099)
Rose Wood (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51270-13
Sculpture Conservation Project

To support: Conservation treatment of up to 11 sculptures in the collection of the Des Moines Art Center. Works are by artists Scott Burton, Alexander Calder, John Chamberlain, Carl Milles, Henry Moore, Bruce Nauman, Claes Oldenberg, George Segal, David Smith, Robert Smithson, and Frank Stella.

The Sculpture Conservation Project involves the conservation of 11 sculptural artworks of varying ages, sizes, mediums, and artistic genres. Proactive measures have been taken to develop the best strategies for a Long Range Preservation Plan for the organization, of which this project is a KEY component. Treatment of these works involves the preservation of artwork that contributes to the cultural record - works that in many cases are considered the most important in an artist's oeuvre. The works are part of a long, rich history, one that defines not only the time and place of its creation, but also the history of the our permanent collections. The sculptures are viewed, researched, and appreciated by hundreds of thousands of individuals each year. Without the necessary conservation of the sculptures the public, worldwide, is at risk for losing access to each work. Without proper treatment the sculptures will progress beyond repair.

Project fields: Art History and Criticism
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $80,000 (approved); $80,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 12/31/2015

Sanskrit Library (Providence, RI 02906-4629)
Peter Scharf (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51273-13
Cataloging, Digitizing, and Integrating the Houghton Library's Indic Manuscript Collection

To support: Cataloging of up to 1,700 Sanskrit manuscripts in the Houghton Library at Harvard University for future digitization and integration into a digital library of Sanskrit. Ultimately, about 75,000 manuscript pages would be made searchable together with Sanskrit-English lexica and other linguistic tools developed for analysis of machine-readable texts.

The proposed project aims to enhance access to primary cultural heritage materials of India housed in American libraries by integrating them with digital texts, lexical resources, and linguistic software in a digital library of Sanskrit, one of the world's richest culture-bearing languages. Integrating primary cultural materials with the Sanskrit Library will enable broad use of Indic collections for research and education. The project catalogs all the Sanskrit manuscripts in the Houghton Library at Harvard University as the first phase of a larger project to catalogue, digitize and integrate them with corresponding digital texts in the Sanskrit Library. The result serves as a model for collections of Indic materials throughout the U.S. and the world, and for digitization projects of cultural materials in other major culture-bearing languages such as Greek, Latin, Arabic, Persian, and Chinese.

Project fields: Asian Languages
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $195,000 (approved); $195,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 8/1/2013 – 7/31/2016

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI 48109)
Rebecca Welzenbach (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51275-13
Early English Books Online-Text Creation Partnership EEBO-TCP Collections: Navigations

To support: The transcription and textual encoding of nearly 2,000 early English works (1473-1700) for an open access collection on travel-related literature. The collection would also become part of the larger text-encoded collection produced by the Text Creation Partnership in collaboration with Early English Books Online.

Early English Books Online (EEBO) is a commercial product that provides digital facsimiles of more than 125,000 early English books. The Text Creation Partnership (TCP) is a non-profit, library-based effort to produce the corresponding electronic text. The great virtue of EEBO is that it provides a single point of access to rare books housed in libraries around the world. The contribution of the TCP is to transcribe these books into accurate electronic text, that is, to produce a fully searchable digital version of every unique English-language work represented in EEBO, leveraging the EEBO pageimage resource into an invaluable text corpus of around 70,000 works.

Project fields: Library Science
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $275,000 (approved); $275,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 10/31/2015

Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY 13244-0001)
Sean Quimby (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - 08/20/2014); K. Matthew Dames (Project Director, 08/21/2014 - present)
PW-51278-13
Marcel Breuer Digital Archive, 1953-1981

To support: The second phase of digitization of and creation of access to the papers of architect and designer Marcel Breuer (1902-1981), focusing on the second half of his career, and enhanced functionality of the current online resource.

The Marcel Breuer Digital Archive, 1953-1981, will digitally unite source materials from the second half of Breuer's career, during which Breuer's services were sought by powerful business, governmental and religious institutions. These source materials (70,000 items in total) will join those relating to Breuer's early life, which have already been digitized as part of an NEH-funded grant received by Syracuse University Library's Special Collections Research Center in 2009 and made accessible through the website, http://breuer.syr.edu. Syracuse University will enhance the functionality of the existing site through the creation of a "lightbox" feature that will allow users to save images that they intend to use for further research or for teaching purposes. A digital humanities pilot project, Mapping Marcel Breuer, will create a geospatial mapping tool that will help users visualize Breuer's professional networks and the locations of his buildings.

Project fields: Architecture
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $280,000 (approved); $280,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 6/1/2013 – 12/31/2015

Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, CA 91103-1999)
Robert Dirig (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51281-13
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American Innovation: Preserving and Providing Access to 80 Years of Industrial Design History

To support: A planning and pilot project to establish protocols and practices for digitization and preservation of 100,000 photographs, 2,000 films and videos, and 500 linear feet of print materials documenting industrial design education.

From washing machines to computers, and sports cars to space capsules, America's infatuation with invention has fueled industrial design. Design history helps us understand American culture in a whole new way. By engaging an interdisciplinary team of diverse experts, Art Center College of Design proposes to advance historical knowledge of American culture through an archival preservation and access management pilot project. As the country's leading school of industrial design, Art Center archives include photos, films, and print material documenting American innovation over an 80-year period. New policies and procedures will be tested for digitization and public access, while immediately preserving assets at greatest risk for deterioration. The pilot project will build Art Center Archives' organizational capacity to ensure that the history of American innovation and imagination can be told for years to come.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $40,000 (approved); $40,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 4/30/2014

Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, OR 97520-2749)
Maria DeWeerdt (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51283-13
Digitizing and Creating Access to the Audiovisual Collection in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Archives

To support: The cataloging and digitization of 3,098 items in an audiovisual collection that documents the performance history of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), among the oldest and largest professional regional repertory theater companies in the United States. The materials will be cataloged and digitized along with a six-volume, 900-page descriptive finding aid for the audio collection.

Digitization of 3,098 deteriorating films, audiotapes and videos that comprise a comprehensive record of Shakespeare and theatrical performance by a single U.S. theater company. The digitized recordings and a descriptive finding aid will be freely accessible on-line. The collection documents the eight-decade history of one of the oldest and largest repertory theaters in the country and holds essential insights into the origin of the Shakespearean festival tradition in the United States and its impact in individual American communities and on a national level.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $200,000 (approved); $200,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 4/30/2016

University of Kentucky Research Foundation (Lexington, KY 40506)
Mary Molinaro (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - 06/15/2014); Deirdre Scaggs (Project Director, 06/16/2014 - present)
PW-51288-13
Coal, Camps, and Railroads: Digitizing Primary Sources on Appalachian Economic Development

To support: The digitization of ten manuscript collections, comprising 132 linear feet, pertaining to the history of the coal and oil industries in the Eastern Kentucky Appalachian region.

The University of Kentucky Libraries seeks funding to digitize and make available 132 cubic feet, an expected 264,000 pages, of a nationally significant body of historical evidence. The selected portions of the Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection focus on 189 years of critical economic development in the Eastern Kentucky coalfields from 1788 to 1976. The ten individual collections document the search for, extraction, and distribution of coal, oil, and natural gas resources in Appalachia. The records follow the creation of the railroads that brought these raw materials to industrial manufacturers and electrical power generators across the United States. The ten selected collections provide evidence of the company towns, their services, and the individual lives that grew up to sustain and make possible this economic development and struggle.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $139,596 (approved); $139,596 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 4/30/2016

Georgia State University Research Foundation, Inc. (Atlanta, GA 30303)
Joseph Hurley (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51290-13
Planning Atlanta: A New City in the Making, 1930s - 1990s

To support: Creation of a digital collection related to the development of Atlanta during the 20th century. It would be comprised of 1,550 georeferenced city planning maps, 235 city planning publications, 300 photographs, 12 new oral histories, and a demographic dataset for 1955 to 2000.

Georgia State University Library proposes to create a new digital collection, Planning Atlanta: A New City in the Making, 1930s - 1990s, which will consist of 1550 digitized and georeferenced city planning maps, 235 digitized city planning publications, 300 digitized photographs, 12 new oral histories, and a digitized dataset of annual Atlanta demographic data from 1955 to 2000.

Project fields: Library Science
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $210,000 (approved); $210,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 4/30/2015

University of Florida Libraries (Gainesville, FL 32611)
Matthew Loving (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - 07/16/2014); Laurie Taylor (Project Director, 07/17/2014 - present)
PW-51301-13
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French Pamphlet Planning Project: An International Collaboration for Improvement of Collection Access

To support: A 12-month planning project that will engage multiple partnering institutions -- including the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Brigham Young University, Brown University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, the Newberry Library, and others -- to conduct an initial analysis of pamphlet collections published during the French Revolution era (1780-1810). The systematic identification and organization of corresponding data sources, item descriptions and online collection content would improve the overall discoverability of all pamphlet collections and contribute to the preliminary planning of a French Pamphlet Digital Portal.

The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida request $39,246 to support assessment, and planning activities that will leverage expertise from a mix of professional domains. In partnership with the Libraries, the following French Pamphlet Planning Project partners agree to work together towards collaborative data collection, analysis and the establishment of standards, workflows and project goals: the Center for Research Libraries, institutional members of the Collaborative Initiative for French Language Collections, University of Michigan, Brigham Young University, Stanford, Yale, Johns Hopkins University, University of Alabama, University of Kansas, the Newberry and the National Library of France. Partners agree the proposed 12-month (May 2013 – April 2014) planning project will yield important collection access outcomes.

Project fields: European History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $39,246 (approved); $39,246 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 4/30/2015

California State University, Northridge, University Corporation (Northridge, CA 91330-8316)
Kent Kirkton (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51305-13
A Digital Archive of the African American Photography Collection of the Institute for Arts & Media

To support: Processing of 551,000 photographs and creation of a digital archive of 19,820 selected images from collections of three prominent photojournalists in the African American Photography Collection.

This project will create a digital archive of 19,820 images from the African American Photography Collection of the Institute for Arts & Media at California State University, Northridge, between May 1, 2013 and April 30, 2016. The collection documents the social, cultural, and political aspects of African American life in post-war Los Angeles and Southern California and in doing so illuminates nationally significant themes such as racial segregation and discrimination, the civil rights movement, African American entertainment and cultural leaders, and major political and cultural events. The project will focus on the work of prominent photojournalists Harry Adams, Charles Williams, and Guy Crowder, whose collections together total 551,000 images. The digital archive will expand access to and use of these images, furthering NEH efforts to bridge cultures within our society.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $290,000 (approved); $290,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 9/1/2013 – 9/30/2016

Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System (Milwaukee, WI 53211)
Amanda Seligman (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51309-13
The Encyclopedia of Milwaukee

To support: Production of the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee, in print and digital form.

The project constitutes the middle phase of the production of The Encyclopedia of Milwaukee, to be published in online and print formats in 2017. The print volume will be organized as a traditional, one-volume, A-Z encyclopedia to be published by Northern Illinois University Press. The digital version, to be hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will include the contents of the print volume, along with two other components powered by the digital format, which we call the "Underbook" and the "Overbook." The NEH project period consists of two distinct but interrelated activities: 1) developing the intellectual content of the encyclopedia, approximately 320 original entries and other content, thereby aggregating and synthesizing existing knowledge about Milwaukee and its region; and 2) creating a digital platform to acquire, preserve, and disseminate that intellectual content, in digital and print text, audio, and video form.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $250,000 (approved); $249,997 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2013 – 8/31/2015

Society of Architectural Historians (NFP) (Chicago, IL 60610-2144)
Gabrielle Esperdy (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51312-13
SAH Archipedia

To support: The continuation and expansion of "Archipedia," an online state-by-state resource on architectural history, by commissioning writing teams to document representative buildings from states not yet added to this resource, preparing essays on landscape and settlement/urban settings, and incorporating materials from existing and new print volumes of "Buildings of the United States."

The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) seeks funding to complete SAH Archipedia, an online encyclopedia of American architecture, which was created with a $262,881 start up grant from NEH Preservation and Access in 2010. On October 1, 2012 SAH will launch the online encyclopedia in two versions: (1) SAH Archipedia, a subscription resource containing 11,000 illustrated and mapped building histories from 12 print books in the award-winning Buildings of the United States (BUS) series; and (2) SAH Archipedia Classic Buildings, an open-access encyclopedia featuring 100 of the most representative buildings from those 12 states. SAH wants to complete SAH Archipedia and requests funding to hire 37 teams of architectural historians to write histories of the 100 most significant buildings, landscapes and historic settlements/urban settings in each of the states not yet included in SAH Archipedia. In addition, SAH requests funding to add legacy material from 8 print BUS volumes.

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Project fields: Architecture
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $300,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2013 – 6/30/2015

University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94720-1501)
Niek Veldhuis (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51319-13
Reading the Signs: Digital Editions of Ancient Cuneiform Sign Lists

To support: Digitization and enhanced access to sign lists compiled by Mesopotamian scribes and scholars, which document the cuneiform writing system. Editions with translations of about 1,500 texts dating from 2,500 BC to AD 100 would be made freely accessible online with links to images of the cuneiform tablets, indexes, bibliographic data, and glossaries.

"Reading the Signs" will provide comprehensive digital access to an important corpus of ancient cuneiform sign lists (dating between 2,500 BCE and 100 CE), yielding essential evidence for the correct reading of cuneiform signs and for the understanding of intellectual culture and its development in Ancient Mesopotamia. Sign lists are clay tablets (often school texts) which document for each sign that was in use in the cuneiform writing system the proper reading (pronunciation) as well as the meaning of the words that could be represented by that sign. Editions with translations of this corpus of about 1,500 texts will be made freely accessible under the Creative Commons Share-Alike license 3.0 through the NEH-funded Digital Corpus of Cuneiform Lexical Texts, itself a partner in the open-source open-access ORACC (Open Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus) consortium. The editions will be provided with links to images of the cuneiform tablets, indexes, bibliographical data and glossaries.

Project fields: Ancient Languages
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $194,152 (approved); $194,152 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2013 – 6/30/2016

American Museum of Natural History (New York, NY 10024-5193)
David Kohn (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51320-13
Foundations of Darwin's Science: A Digital Manuscripts Collection

To support: The digitization of 30,000 scientific manuscripts and letters produced and received by Charles Darwin for access via the Darwin Manuscripts Project and Darwin Correspondence Project websites as well as the Cambridge Digital Library.

Foundations of Darwin's Science will fund a digital manuscript collection comprising 30,000 of the most important Darwin scientific manuscripts extant. The project will create high-resolution digital images of these manuscripts that will then be disseminated by the Darwin Manuscripts Project at the American Museum of Natural History.

Project fields: History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $210,000 (approved); $209,994 (awarded)
Grant period: 6/1/2013 – 5/31/2015

University of Wisconsin, Madison (Madison, WI 53706-1314)
Matthew Edney (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51325-13
History of Cartography Project

To support: Continued development of the multi-volume reference work "The History of Cartography" with particular attention to Volume Four on the "European Enlightenment, 1650-1800," Volume Five on "The Nineteenth Century," and Volume Six on the "Twentieth Century."

The award-winning History of Cartography is the only comprehensive and reliable reference work that studies the people, cultures, and societies that have produced and consumed maps from prehistoric times to the present. It provides intellectual access to the complex world of maps for scholars, teachers, students, librarians, and the informed general public. It thus promotes and sustains the culturally sophisticated interpretation of maps as evidentiary source materials. Thoroughly researched by its editors and international contributors, its content is rigorously checked by an experienced editorial team. In addition to publishing in print, as befits a definitive source of information, the University of Chicago Press is producing an online edition to maximize access.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $320,000 (approved); $320,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2013 – 6/30/2015

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Inc. (Boston, MA 02116-2813)
Janet Spitz (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51334-13
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Planning a Central Cartographic Web Portal for the Revolutionary War Era, 1750-1800

To support: A planning project to establish protocols and agreements for creating digital access to 3,000 cartographic images, held by multiple institutions, that document the Revolutionary War era (1750-1800).

The Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library is developing a Central Cartographic Web Portal, focusing on the American Revolutionary War Era. This curated database will provide broad access to primary source documents that will include a judicious selection of the best and most informative printed and manuscript maps from approximately ten collections in the U.S. and Europe. The materials will focus on military mapping; 18th century American maritime charts; and urban mapping. The theme of the American Revolutionary War Era will serve as a pilot and model for additional themes in future years. Two advisory teams, one composed of curators and humanities experts, the other of technical expertise for cataloging and data management, will advise and create protocols for all aspects of the project. The site will improve access to vastly expanded resources through technology; advancing the scholarly, educational and cultural enrichment missions of all participating institutions.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $40,000 (approved); $40,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 3/31/2015

Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, MD 21201-5185)
Kate Blanch (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51338-13
Access to Art in Encyclopedic Context

To support: Planning for the creation of access to the museum's curatorial files, representing approximately 262 linear feet of correspondence, photograph albums of exhibit installations, an object index catalog, and bibliographic references for an encyclopedic collection of 35,000 works of art that were collected from the mid-19th century through the present and range from ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance works to decorative arts and modern European painting.

The Walters Art Museum requests $40,000 to arrange and describe content of the curatorial files, compile records stored across disparate locations, assess records for value to the humanities, prioritize materials for digitization, and create an online finding aid to inform the public of the information available. The content of these curatorial records pertains to the artworks in the Walters' world-renowned collection and reveals the origins, experiences, and journeys of the treasures in our collection.

Project fields: Museum Studies or Historical Preservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $39,720 (approved); $39,720 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 5/31/2015

Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR 97205)
Donald Urquhart (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51339-13
Northwest Art Initiative, Phase II

To support: Cataloging and digitization of 7,750 works of Northwest regional art, including textiles, baskets, masks, photography, paintings, prints, and drawings.

The Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon requests a grant in the amount of $171,765 over two years from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support Phase II of the Museum's Northwest Art Initiative (NWAI). The NWAI seeks to further establish Northwest art as a recognized art historical tradition by digitizing and sharing the Museum's vast collection of works created by artists working in the American Northwest. In Phase II, the Museum will digitally capture and disseminate more than 7,750 works from its permanent collection, offering national and international exposure for Northwest artists and allowing their works to be studied in an art historical context. The NWAI builds on the Museum's ongoing commitment to sustainability and access. The complete, 3-year project (Phases I & II) will successfully digitize and share nearly 30% of the Museum's permanent collection online while increasing its discoverability through enhanced metadata and inclusion in federated resources.

Project fields: Museum Studies or Historical Preservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $171,765 (approved); $171,765 (awarded)
Grant period: 6/1/2013 – 5/31/2015

Howard University (Washington, DC 20059-0001)
Seth Kronemer (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51343-13
The J. Clay Smith, Jr., Papers Project

To support: The arrangement, description, and selected digitization of the papers of jurist and educator J. Clay Smith, Jr., pertaining to 20th-century civil rights history and African Americans in the legal profession.

J. Clay Smith has had a distinguished career as a military judge, a commissioner for the EEOC, a professor and dean at the Howard University School of Law, and as the preeminent historian of African Americans in the field of law. He has donated more than 200 cubic feet of papers--documenting both his career and his extensive historical research--to the University. The purpose of the grant is to speed the processing of these papers and make them available to the general public for research. Should the grant be awarded to the University, the funds will go to paying the salary of project archivist, archives technicians, and a internet consultant, who will be hired to solely process the papers using current archival practices, and scan a significant portion of the papers to make them available to researchers via the internet.

Project fields: African American Studies
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $90,000 (approved); $90,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2013 – 4/30/2016

University of Chicago (Chicago, IL 60637-5418)
Matthew Stolper (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51344-13
The Persepolis Fortification Archive Project

To support: Cataloging and digitizing ca. 2,000 administrative documents dating around 500 B.C. from Persepolis, the chief imperial residence of the Achaemenid kings in the homeland of the ancient Persian Empire.

Since 2006, the Persepolis Fortification Archive Project has conducted an emergency program to record tens of thousands of clay tablets and fragments with texts in several languages and with the impressions of thousands of seals, a unique archive from the heart of the Achaemenid Persian empire at its zenith, about 500 BC. Access to these tablets in danger because of a lawsuit against the government of Iran; the digital images, catalogs, text editions, and drawings that the Project compiles and distributes online will preserve the archive's contents for scholars and the public in perpetuity.

Project fields: Ancient Languages
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $280,000 (approved); $280,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 4/30/2016

University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712)
Jo Hackett (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51346-13
Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon

To support: Development of an electronic Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic lexicon, based on a print dictionary published in 1907. The project would update entries, incorporating the past century's textual discovery and scholarship.

The project we propose under this grant involves the updating, expanding and making accessible of one of the primary English language resources for the study of the Hebrew Bible and its world. This project, the electronic Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon, is based on the most widely-used and reliable dictionary for the study of Biblical Hebrew, the Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament of Francis Brown, S.R. Driver, and C.A. Briggs, which is now over one hundred years old. A century of discoveries and new analyses is missing from this essential reference, and yet nothing of comparable utility or reliability has appeared to replace it or fill in these gaps. Our project to update this dictionary and make it accessible as a freely-available online resource, with a print-on-demand option that is in wide use here at UT, is ready to move ahead, and with support from NEH, can become a reality in just a few years.

Project fields: Ancient Languages
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $280,000 (approved); $280,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 8/1/2013 – 7/31/2016

Colorado Humanities (Greenwood Village, CO 80218-2391)
William Wei (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51354-13
Colorado Encyclopedia

To support: The first production phase for the online Colorado Encyclopedia, providing authoritative information on the state's history and culture.

The Colorado Encyclopedia is designed for students, researchers, educators and others as an online, interactive, one-stop source of dependable, professionally informed entries and essays about Colorado. Written to connect humanities scholars to primary sources digitized by Colorado's various cultural heritage institutions and using easy and accessible, state-of-the-art technology for optimum public engagement, the Encyclopedia employs interactive features for content and comments, and educational features aligned with multi-tiered and grade-specific Colorado Academic Standards. Colorado Humanities, Colorado State University and University Press of Colorado will combine efforts to produce the authoritative resource. The Encyclopedia board of directors and staff will work with the Colorado State University Extension Program and many other educational institutions to develop content. A dozen advisory boards will also contribute editorial, educational, technical and community expertise.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $250,000 (approved); $250,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2013 – 6/30/2016

Arhoolie Foundation (El Cerrito, CA 94530-3123)
Tom Diamant (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51361-13
Digitizing the Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings

To support: The digital preservation of 24,000 Mexican and Mexican-American recordings of traditional and vernacular music from the Discos Ideal label, dated from 1940 to 1990, issued on 2,400 33-1/3 rpm LP vinyl records and 200 reel-to-reel master tapes; partnering with the Digital Library at the University of California, Los Angeles, the recordings would be mounted on a searchable, bilingual website.

The Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Records is the world's largest gathering of Mexican vernacular music, constituting the most sweeping sound-recorded document of greater Mexican culture. To date, the Arhoolie Foundation, owner of the collection, has successfully completed the digital preservation of some 17,000 78-rpm records (34,000 individual recordings) and 20,000 45-rpm discs (40,000 individual recordings)and 9000 individual recordings on rare cassettes; in partnership with the UCLA Digital Library, we have created scholarly and public access through a searchable bilingual website. This proposal seeks to continue our work and support the transfer of an additional 24,000 recordings carried on approximately 2,400 33-1/3 rpm LPs and 200 one-of-a-kind reel-to-reel master tapes from the Discos Ideal label, and delivery to the University of California Digital Library where they will be made available online to scholars and to the general public.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $204,320 (approved); $204,320 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 4/30/2016

Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA 70808-4600)
Tara Laver (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51368-13
Free People of Color in Louisiana: Revealing an Unknown Past

To support: A collaborative effort to digitize approximately 25,000 pages of historical documents relating to free people of color in Louisiana and the lower Mississippi Valley, including family papers, business records, and public documents.

People of African descent who lived in colonial and antebellum America and were born free or escaped the bonds of slavery made significant contributions to the economies and cultures of the communities in which they lived. Their anomalous status made them one of the most talked about “problems” of the first half of the nineteenth century, yet their story has been largely overshadowed by the more inhumane story of slavery. We propose to digitize and, via the LOUISiana Digital Library, provide free public access to a minimum of 25,000 digital scans drawn from family papers, business records, and public documents pertaining to free people of color in Louisiana and the lower Mississippi Valley. The project will bring together collections held by the Louisiana State Museum, Louisiana State University Libraries, the New Orleans Public Library, The Historic New Orleans Collection, and Tulane University’s Louisiana Research Center.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $194,152 (approved); $194,152 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 4/30/2015

Barnum Museum (Bridgeport, CT 06604-4912)
Adrienne Saint Pierre (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51397-13
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Planning for "The Greatest Digitization Project on Earth" with the P. T. Barnum Collections of The Barnum Museum Foundation

To support: Collaborative planning to improve access to two complementary collections of historical documents and artifacts at several cultural institutions relating to 19th-century American icon P.T. Barnum (1810-1891).

The Barnum Museum Foundation, Inc. requests a grant of $40,000 that will enable The Barnum Museum and Bridgeport Public Library to work with a team of consultants to create a comprehensive plan for digitization and global access to important humanities collections. The year-long project is designed to result in the ???road map??? critical to implementing a well-managed digitization project that can fully realize its objectives for preservation and access. The project will improve intellectual control of the two institutions??? related P. T. Barnum collections, and incorporate a range of activities that utilize the knowledge, experience and expertise of the team members. The project will lead to a plan for broad access to these significant humanities resources and create digital content that would be placed in an aggregate digital resource repository with a curated platform.

Project fields: History, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $34,213 (approved); $33,175 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 6/30/2014

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (Fayetteville, AR 72701)
Jesse Casana (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51419-13
The CORONA Atlas Project: Correction and distribution of declassified satellite imagery for archaeological research.

To support: The second phase of a project to create a digital archaeological atlas of Old World archaeological sites with an emphasis on central and eastern China, southeastern Europe, central Asia, the Indus Valley, and the African Sahel, based on 3,000 CORONA satellite images, augmenting images of the Near East that were the focus of the first phase of the project.

This project seeks funding to expand an online database of declassified, Cold War-era CORONA satellite imagery, collected as part of the world's first intelligence satellite imaging program from 1960-1972. These unique images, made publicly available in 1996, have proven to be a critical resource in archaeology, primarily because they preserve a picture of sites and landscapes that predates recent agricultural, industrial and urban development. Such land use changes have often resulted in archaeological features being obscured or destroyed, and CORONA is therefore a truly unique resource, enabling archaeologists to reconstruct and virtually explore lost landscapes. Research in the Near East, where CORONA has been most extensively utilized, shows its potential as a tool for the discovery and mapping of archaeological sites, the documentation of associated roads, canals and field systems, and the reconstruction of ancient landscapes.

Project fields: Archaeology
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $275,000 (approved); $275,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 6/1/2013 – 6/30/2016

University of South Carolina Research Foundation (Columbia, SC 29208-0001)
Heather Heckman (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51427-13
Fox Movietone News Digitization Project, Phase I

To support: Digitizing approximately 14,000 newsreels from the Fox Movietone News Collection from 1919 to 1934, and making these recordings freely available on the Web.

This grant to University of South Carolina (USC) Libraries Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) will fund Phase One of the two-part Fox Movietone Digitization Project. Phase One is a two-year project that aims to vastly increase access to the Fox Movietone News Collection, by making approximately 15,000 of the estimated 23,000 total titles in the collection available as streaming videos on the free web with robust descriptive metadata. It also aims to test the preservation functions of the MIRC-DVR, via ingest of high resolution digital surrogates for 1,000 titles in the Fox Movietone Collection.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $230,000 (approved); $229,997 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 5/31/2016

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588)
Adrian Wisnicki (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51436-13
The Livingstone Online Enrichment and Access Project (LEAP)

To support: The digitization and transcription of 3,500 manuscript pages written by David Livingstone, pertaining to his exploration of Africa, for inclusion in the Livingstone Online Web site, along with the development of tools and services to enhance use by scholars and educators.

The Livingstone Online Enrichment and Access Project (LEAP) will support updating, integrating, and providing access to Livingstone Online (http://www.livingstoneonline.ucl.ac.uk/) and its digital image and transcription collections in order to secure the site's long-term sustainability as a unified, open-access resource for scholars and the general public. . Our site -- a well established, transatlantic, digital archive initiative -- seeks to provide worldwide access to the writings of Dr. David Livingstone (1813-73), the Scottish abolitionist, missionary, and explorer of Africa.

Project fields: British Literature
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $275,000 (approved); $275,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 9/1/2013 – 8/31/2016

University of Nebraska, Omaha (Omaha, NE 68182-0001)
Thomas Gouttierre (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51452-13
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Metadata Construction and Digitizing Maps of Afghanistan and Pakistan

To support: A Foundations project to plan the cataloging and digitization of a collection of ca. 12,000 maps and ancillary materials on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Metadata Construction and Digitizing Maps of Afghanistan and Pakistan project will enable collation, digitization, cataloguing, library indexing, analysis, storage, and eventual selective publication of all relevant and unique mapped and written materials on Afghanistan and Pakistan to make them available to the public worldwide and to preserve them for posterity. The original maps and digital surrogates will be housed and maintained in the Arthur Paul Collection in the University of Nebraska at Omaha Criss Library and financially sustained by the Center for Afghanistan Studies after the grant period is over. The long-term benefits to research, education, and public programming in the humanities provided by this project is a valuable and one-of-a-kind source of unique data on a country that hosted America's longest war.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $39,684 (approved); $39,684 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 6/30/2014

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL 61820-6903)
Mara Wade (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51454-13
Emblematica Online II

To support: The digitization and indexing of 100 books containing approximately 8,000 emblems from the early modern period (1531-1750) along with the metadata enrichment of 244 additional emblem books, all of which would be combined in the online portal Emblematica Online.

The early modern emblem (1531-1750), a bimedial genre and a vehicle of cultural expression in the Renaissance, conveyed complex ideas in a compact and compelling format. The study of emblems informs multiple academic disciplines. Early modern printed emblem books are geographically widely spread. This proposal will create an Emblematica Online virtual collection to provide Renaissance scholars with integrated, multi-granular access to a large representative corpus of digital surrogates for emblem resources that are otherwise only available at geographically dispersed locations. The virtual collection will expand the digitized emblem literary corpus, index it, and make it available through a single point of access. It will also enrich their cataloging and indexing. To achieve digital archiving and preservation, additional workflows for capturing content and metadata will be developed and community agreements will be extended to encompass the interoperability.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $280,000 (approved); $280,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 6/1/2013 – 11/30/2015

Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL 60603-6488)
Matthew Witkovsky (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51465-13
Cataloging, Conservation, and Online Publication at the Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Photography

To support: Enhanced cataloging for a collection of 20,000 photographs that span the history of American and European photography from the 19th to the 21st century, rehousing and conservation of approximately 3,300 of them, and creation of access to highlights of the collection through a series of online exhibits and catalogs.

The Art Institute of Chicago is seeking three years of funding at the level of $350,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities-Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program, to support a comprehensive transformation in presenting the museum's sixty-year-old Photography collection to the public-one that will fundamentally reconceive uses of this vast and stellar collection by online visitors, students and educators, and museum-goers. The basis for this far-reaching reorientation in audience engagement will be an overhaul in web publishing, storage, and conservation for the more than 20,000 photographic objects acquired since the 1940s.

Project fields: Art History and Criticism
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $280,000 (approved); $280,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 4/30/2016

University of Wisconsin, Madison (Madison, WI 53706-1314)
Joan Hall (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51472-13
New Fieldwork for DARE

To support: Development of a Web-based survey instrument and methodology to conduct new fieldwork on American regional English. The survey would include large parts of the original questionnaire used for compiling the "Dictionary of American Regional English" (DARE) plus questions designed to reflect changes since the 1960s. The results of a pilot survey for Wisconsin would be used to adjust the methodology before undertaking nationwide fieldwork.

Publication of Volume V of DARE was a huge milestone, but not the end of the work, for American English has changed greatly in the last 50 years. DARE proposes to initiate new fieldwork, from July 2013 to June 2015, to track those changes. Using Wisconsin as a pilot, the project will develop a web-based survey to gather the data. Based on the results, adjustments will be made to the methodology before a nationwide survey is attempted. The research will include large parts of the original Questionnaire plus questions designed to reflect societal changes since the 1960s. The original 22 DARE communities and 18 new ones, representing the current state population, will be surveyed. The web based survey will be designed by the UW Survey Center. It will also include a telephone interview with free conversation, the reading of a story, and a word list designed to elicit pronunciation variants. DARE will analyze the data and make changes to the methodology before initiating a nationwide study.

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Project fields: Linguistics
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $330,000 (approved); $330,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2013 – 6/30/2015

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Original grant (2013) $300,000
Supplement (2013) $30,000

American Research Institute in Turkey (Philadelphia, PA 19104)
A. Kevin Reinhart (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51478-13
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America in the Near East, 1819-2010: Preservation and Access Planning for the American Mission Board (ABM) Collection

To support: A Foundations project to develop a plan to process and digitize ca. 262 linear feet of documents, photographs, books, and journals chronicling American missionary activity in the Ottoman Empire from 1824 to 1950.

The American Research Institute Turkey (ARIT) respectfully requests $40,000 in outright funds from the NEH to support project planning for management and dissemination of the resources of the American Board of Missions (ABM) archive and library in Istanbul. ARIT proposes to develop a comprehensive and efficient plan for the preservation, arrangement, cataloging, and digitizing of the archive of the American Board of Missions in Istanbul.

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Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $40,000 (approved); $40,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 4/30/2015

Denver Museum of Nature and Science (Denver, CO 80205)
Stephen Nash (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present); Rene Payne (Co Project Director, 09/03/2013 - present)
PW-51492-13
Enhancing Access to the Humanities Image Archive: Processing, Re-housing, and Digitizing

To support: The arrangement, re-housing, and completion of cataloging of 323,000 still images in multiple formats in the museum's Humanities Image Archive (HIA), containing a wide range of ethnographic and archaeological materials dating since 1871, and the digitization and mounting on the Internet of 5,000 high-demand images.

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science seeks support for a three-year project to garner intellectual and physical control of its Humanities Image Archive (HIA) prior to its installation in the state-of-the-art Education and Collections Facility addition in 2014-2015. The HIA contains 770,000 rare and irreplaceable images in 2,900 linear feet of improper storage. A total of 323,000 images (42% of the HIA) require processing prior to their installation in the ECF. These to-be-processed images include a wide variety of formats ranging from black and white and color negatives to color transparencies, prints, hand-painted lantern slides, glass plate negatives, photogravure and silver gelatin prints, stereo cards, and moving images. The HIA also includes 1,894 audio-visual tapes and more than 100 three-dimensional art pieces. This project will provide sustainable preservation environments for the HIA for generations, ensuring its continued accessibility to researchers and the public.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $280,000 (approved); $280,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 4/30/2016

Louisiana Museum Foundation (New Orleans, LA 70176)
Greg Lambousy (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51494-13
Digitize Louisiana's Colonial Documents

To support: Digitizing and creating free online access and English-language finding aids for 70,000 judicial and notarial records of the New Orleans French Superior Council (1714-1769) and Spanish Cabildo (1769-1803) that document the history and culture of the city's inhabitants during the colonial era.

With this request, and on behalf of the Louisiana State Museum (LSM), the Louisiana Museum Foundation seeks $336,750 to enable the Museum to digitize and e-publish the French Superior Council (1714-1769) and Spanish Judicial records (1769-1803), which are the oldest non-sacramental records in the Lower Mississippi Valley, for free access by anyone with a web-enabled device. Designed to address access and preservation issues, the project will digitize and e-publish high-resolution scans of the records, extant paper-based finding aids and synoptic translations on LSM’s and other websites, and will create a searchable database of the records. Education and outreach programming will publicize the project and promote use of the records by researchers, genealogists, educators and the general public.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $275,000 (approved); $275,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2013 – 6/30/2016

Country Music Foundation, Inc. (Nashville, TN 37203-4206)
Lee Boulie (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51496-13
Preservation and Access: Digitizing Rare and Fragile Components of the Country Music Foundation Archive

To support: The preservation and provision of intellectual access to three collections documenting the history of country music in America: 1) Bob Pinson Recorded Sound Collection, 2) Moving Image Collection: Bobby Bare and Friends, and 3) Photo Collection: Fabry Still Image Collection.

The Country Music Foundation (CMF) requests a grant of $347,132 over a two-year period. The purpose of the project is to preserve and increase access to three rare and endangered collections integral to the history of country music in America. This project is a critical step in a major digitization initiative to preserve museum collections and access them through a digital asset management system. Once transferred, the original source materials from this project will be stored according to best practices for conservation in climate-controlled vaults currently under construction. Three collections have been selected by as the first and most urgent collections for digitization based on their rarity, fragility, number of access requests, and historical importance: Bob Pinson Recorded Sound Collection--Rare and unique acetate and vinyl transcriptions discs; Moving Image Collection--Bobby Bare and Friends; and Photo Collection--Fabry Image Collection.

Project fields: Music History and Criticism
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $280,000 (approved); $280,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 10/1/2013 – 12/31/2015

Columbia University (New York, NY 10027)
Ehsan Yarshater (Project Director, 07/26/2012 - present)
PW-51507-13
Encyclopaedia Iranica Online

To support: Preparation of the "Encyclopædia Iranica," a multi-disciplinary reference work and research tool on Iranian history and civilization from prehistory to the present. The project would add up to 600 new entries to the online database, update earlier entries, and improve user interaction through social media.

Encyclopaedia Iranica is a major interdisciplinary research tool in the humanities for scholars and students in Middle Eastern, Central Asian, Afghanistan, and the Indian subcontinent. Non-specialists too would find the material interesting and lucidly written. It is a vehicle for the publication of original research or synthesis of current scholarship. All of the articles are written with careful documentation and extensive bibliography by leading scholars from many different countries. This NEH application for the two-year period of July 2013 through June 2015 concerns only the EIr’s digital edition. The project seeks funding to accomplish two interrelated goals during the grant period: (1) add 400-600 new entries to the online database to fill in its coverage in the letters K-Z; (2) build visitor traffic to EIr through timely communication and improved interaction with the help of social media. .

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $300,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2013 – 6/30/2015

Tufts University (Medford, MA 02155-5818)
Gregory Crane (Project Director, 11/05/2012 - present)
PW-51511-13
CNR and Perseus Collaboration

The Perseus Project, led by Professor Gregory Crane of Tufts University, has been a worldwide leader in providing online access to Classical Greek sources. Perseus is currently collaborating with the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) to develop applications and digital infrastructure for working with historical languages, especially Classical Greek, Latin, Arabic, and early Italian. An important aspect of the collaboration between Perseus and CNR is to develop projects that integrate translations from Classical Greek into Classical Arabic, from the great translation movement that took place in Baghdad from 800 to 1000 CE. The proposed work on digital infrastructure will enhance learning and research and allow students to make more substantive contributions than was possible in a print culture. The current need is to further the collaboration by bringing four American scholars to Tufts University to meet with a visiting scholar from CNR and to have a software developer available to assist the process. The ultimate goal of this work is to lay the foundation for an interdisciplinary humanities curriculum incorporating Classical Greek, Latin, and Arabic in research and teaching through digital means.

Project fields: Ancient Languages
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $30,000 (approved); $30,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 10/1/2012 – 9/30/2015

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22904-4195)
Lise Dobrin (Project Director, 02/11/2013 - present)
PW-51513-13
Glossing and Archiving Bukiyip Arapesh Texts

This project undertakes to incorporate a set of one hundred Bukiyip Arapesh texts into the Arapesh Grammer and Digital Language Archive.

Project fields: Linguistics
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $13,289 (approved); $13,289 (awarded)
Grant period: 3/1/2013 – 8/31/2015

Dhiru Ambrit Thadani
Unknown institution
PW-51514-13
The Language of Towns and Cities: A Visual Dictionary

The development of the second edition of The Language of Towns and Cities. The original book coined the term "encyclo-dictionary," an apt name for this volume that defines over 700 words and phrases related to the built environment with beautifully illustrated explanations. The second edition will add an additional 600 pages that complement the first edition, which include: best practices for active-living environments, renovation strategies for aging-in-place, suburban retrofit strategies, and alternate transit and transport systems.

Project fields: Architecture, Urban History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $28,500 (approved); $28,500 (awarded)
Grant period: 6/1/2013 – 12/31/2014

Fordham University (Bronx, NY 10458-9993)
Sandra Arnold (Project Director, 05/15/2013 - present)
PW-51516-13
Burial Database Project of Enslaved African Americans

Burial grounds of enslaved African Americans are primarily unmarked, abandoned, and are increasingly vanishing from our landscape--taking with them history, heritage, and a people's place in the world. The initial stage of our work is to document as many burial grounds as possible by taking a public census of their location. To assist in our efforts, a website (www.vanishinghistory.org) has been established.

Project fields: American Studies
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $30,000 (approved); $30,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 9/1/2013 – 11/30/2014

University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0001)
Patricia Fumerton (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-50983-12
English Broadside Ballads Archive: Crawford Ballads

To support: The digitization and incorporation into an electronic archive of images of up to 1,754 English broadside ballads from the 17th century, as well as illustrative woodcuts, facsimile transcriptions, contextual essays, and audio files of sung versions of the ballads.

The University of California-Santa Barbara requests critical funding to launch an important fourth stage of its electronic English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA) and mount online the seventeenth-century ballads, primarily the Crawford collection, held by the National Library of Scotland--approx. 1,754 works. The NLS has granted UCSB unprecedented permission to add its ballad holdings to EBBA. The expanded archive will provide high-quality digital facsimiles as well as "facsimile transcriptions," which preserve the ballads’ original "look," with all their ornament, while transcribing the original font into easily readable roman type. In addition, we will offer deep cataloguing, TEI/XML and MARC records, song recordings, informative essays, and an enhanced search engine. An expanded EBBA will open up new ways of understanding early modern popular culture, literature, art, and music as well as the history of ballad collecting.

Project fields: British Literature
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $280,000 (approved); $280,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2015

University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5 Canada)
Antonette Healey (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51001-12
Dictionary of Old English [DOE]

To support: The preparation of entries for the "Dictionary of Old English," a historical dictionary based on the entire extant corpus of Old English texts written between A.D. 600 and 1150.

The aim of the Dictionary of Old English (DOE) is to define the vocabulary of records written in English between 600 and 1150 C.E., using the technology of the twenty-first century. Because of its Electronic Corpus, comprising at least one copy of every Old English text, the DOE is based on a comprehensive examination of the surviving evidence. The DOE complements the other major historical dictionaries of English: the Middle English Dictionary (1100-1500 C.E.), and the Oxford English Dictionary (which catalogues English up to the present). In December 2007, the project released DOE: A to G online, the first Web version of the first eight letters (out of 22), and in April 2008, we published a Windows-based version, DOE: A to G on CD-ROM. A transformative feature of the electronic DOE is the link to the online OED, providing a mechanism for dictionary cross-searching. In December 2010, with file numbers supplied by DOE, OED online created a reciprocal link back to DOE online.

Project fields: English
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $200,000 (approved); $200,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2014

Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, DC 20003-1004)
Stephen Enniss (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - 02/13/2014); Daniel De Simone (Project Director, 02/14/2014 - present); Daniel De Simone (Project Director, 02/14/2014 - present)
PW-51002-12
Cataloging, Digitizing, and Creating Access to 17th-Century British Book Illustrations

To support: The digitization of 10,000 engraved and woodcut illustrations from British and English-language books published in other parts of the world between 1604 and 1700.

British Book Illustration: Extending Access to 17th-Century Visual Culture (BBI) will afford humanities researchers access to the largely hidden collection of narratively- and iconographically-rich woodcut and engraved illustrations held in the Folger Shakespeare Library's early printed books. This project will digitize and index 10,000 English book illustrations in two phases: First, BBI will cover illustrations for the years 1604-1640, starting after the Tudor period where current reference guides end. Second, BBI will enable access to a large portion of the world's extant major 17th-century illustrated works with 3,300 illustrations from the Folger collection of 1641-1700 English imprints. The illustrations will be available publicly through the Folger's Luna Insight image database and indexed by subjects, names of depicted individuals and places, and names of producers.

Project fields: British History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $280,000 (approved); $280,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2012 – 10/31/2015

University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA 19104-6243)
Grant Frame (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51004-12
Preserving and Providing Access to the Official Inscriptions of the Kings of Assyria, 744 to 669 B.C.

To support: Online and print publication of the official inscriptions of Sennacherib and Sargon II, rulers of ancient Assyria, which are preserved on clay tablets and other artifacts. The project would also provide transliterations, translations, and bibliographic information.

Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period (RINAP): Preserving and Providing Access to the Official Inscriptions of the Kings of Assyria from Tiglath-pileser III to Esarhaddon (744 to 669 BCE)

Project fields: Near and Middle Eastern Languages
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $200,000 (approved); $200,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2014

University of Tulsa (Tulsa, OK 74104-9700)
Sean Latham (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51010-12
The Modernist Journals Project: American Periodicals 1901-1922

To support: Incorporating five early 20th-century American periodicals, "McClure's Magazine," "The Smart Set," "The Masses," "Camera Work," and "The Seven Arts" into a digital archive of modernist journals.

The early 20th century was the golden age of magazines and for a decade the Modernist Journals Project has worked to collect and aggregate them into one of the leading digital resources for the study of modernism. We seek funding to add a cluster of rare yet deeply influential American magazines to our collection: "McClure's Magazine" (1901-1910), which pioneered the genre of investigative journalism; the "Smart Set" (1913-1922) when it was brilliantly edited by H. L. Mencken and George Jean Nathan; "The Masses," a wildly experimental magazine that linked political and aesthetic revolt; Alfred Stieglitz's "Camera Work," which helped establish photography as a fine art; and "Seven Arts," a short-lived but vibrant little magazine. The MJP provides searchable texts, page images, TEI-compliant transcripts, and full metadata records, all served freely through a website that surrounds these archival objects with scholarly and historical materials that facilitate their use.

Project fields: American Literature
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $270,000 (approved); $270,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2015

Peninsula Library System (San Mateo, CA 94403-2273)
Barclay Ogden (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51011-12
California Light and Sound: The California Audiovisual Preservation Project

To support: The digitization of 233 audio and moving image recordings pertaining to the history and culture of California in the 20th century, held by archives and libraries throughout the state.

The California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) proposes to digitize, preserve and make available to the public 233 historically important, unpublished, and seriously endangered analog audio and moving image recordings (over 200 hours or 300,000 feet) contributed by 19 California partner archives and libraries. The "California Light and Sound" collection will support research, teaching, and learning across an array of humanities disciplines. The CAVPP provides statewide leadership to facilitate access and accomplish preservation work most individual archives are unable to undertake. Based on best practices and standards, the CAVPP guides institutions through the process, from nomination of titles to selection to description to digitization, and brings to light hidden media collections via the Internet Archive (IA) and the California Digital Library's Online Archive of California (OAC), online repositories that are available for the purposes of non-profit, educational use.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $153,357 (approved); $153,331 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2014

College of Physicians of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA 19103)
Maura Marx (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - 09/09/2013); Michelle DiMeo (Project Director, 09/10/2013 - present)
PW-51014-12
Expanding the Medical Heritage Library: Preserving and Providing Online Access to Historical Medical Periodicals

To support: The digitization of approximately 200 historical medical journals, held by five major libraries, for free online access via the Medical Heritage Library (MHL) collection on the Internet Archive (IA) as well as through the HathiTrust digital repository.

This project provides for the selection and digitization of up to 200 historical American medical journal titles dating from 1797 to 1923 (approximately 7,350 volumes or 2,152,000 pages) both to preserve them and to make them freely available publicly via the Medical Heritage Library(MHL) collection on the Internet Archive website. These titles, which will be selected with the advice of scholars in a range of disciplines, will be complemented by 30,000 digitized medical rare books from 1750 to 1923, already contained in the MHL. The medical journal titles to be digitized will be drawn from the collections of the collaborating libraries, with any missing volumes supplied by the National Library of Medicine and other MHL collaborators. The availability of the digitized collection will be widely publicized via the MHL website, social media, and network of advising scholars.

Project fields: History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $280,000 (approved); $280,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 12/31/2014

Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, MD 21201-5185)
William Noel (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - 03/25/2013); Robert Mintz (Project Director, 03/26/2013 - present)
PW-51019-12
Imaging the Hours: Creating a Digital Resource of Flemish Manuscripts

To support: Enhanced cataloging, digitization, and creation of online access to 112 Flemish manuscripts (45,000 pages of text and over 3,000 pages of illumination) from northeastern France and Belgium from the 13th to the 16th centuries.

"Imaging the Hours," a three year project to preserve and make available cataloged digital surrogates of 112 manuscripts from the Walters Art Museum's world-famous collection. Approximately 45,000 pages of ancient text and over 3,000 pages of superb medieval illuminated images from Northeastern France and Belgium will be digitally captured and documented.

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Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $265,000 (approved); $265,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 4/1/2012 – 9/30/2015

Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI 48824-1168)
Cynthia Ghering (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51024-12
Digitizing the records of the MSU Vietnam Advisory Group and Related Collections

To support: The digitization of 100,000 pages of material from MSU's Vietnam Advisory Group records and related holdings, dating from 1955 to 1962, and the development of enhanced access features for full-text searching, semantic searching, and mapping.

Michigan State University (MSU) will make the records of a significant international program accessible online using innovative digital tools to encourage new scholarship and collaborative research in the fields of American Foreign Relations, International Cold War Studies, Vietnamese Studies, and Colonial/Postcolonial Studies. The records of the MSU Vietnam Advisory Group (MSUG) detail the U.S. Department of State's technical assistance program for the Republic of Vietnam administered by MSU from 1955 to 1962. MSU's University Archives and Historical Collections, Department of History, and MATRIX digital humanities center will collaborate to digitize, describe, and make accessible approximately 100,000 pages of material from the MSUG and the personal papers of several faculty who participated in it via a dedicated project website. The project also will make these materials available through the Virtual Vietnam Archive at Texas Tech University.

Project fields: East Asian History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $265,000 (approved); $264,998 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2015

Harvard University (Cambridge, MA 02138-3800)
Afsaneh Najmabadi (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51027-12
Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran: A Digital Archive and Website

To support: The development of a comprehensive digital archive and Web site that will preserve and render accessible primary sources related to the social and cultural history of women during the Qajar dynasty (1785-1925) in Iran. The sources include unpublished poetry, essays, travelogues, private letters, photographs, portrait paintings, calligraphies, marriage contracts, and legal documents.

Harvard University seeks renewed funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue its development of the Women's World in Qajar Iran project, a comprehensive digital archive and website that preserves, links and renders accessible primary source materials related to the social and cultural history of women' worlds during the reign of the Qajar dynasty, 1796 to 1925 in Iran. The dynasty is perhaps most notable for a series of intense interactions with Europe, many of which introduced cultural and political changes that still resonate in the Iran of today. The WWQI project addresses a significant gap in the scholarship related to this important time in the history of Iran by making available writings and other personal documents created by, and reflecting the lives of, women during the Qajar era. Since the project began in 2009 approximately 20,000 digital facsimiles have been created.

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Project fields: Near and Middle Eastern History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $197,650 (approved); $196,621 (awarded)
Grant period: 4/1/2012 – 3/31/2014

University of Washington (Seattle, WA 98105-6613)
Nicolette Bromberg (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51038-12
Vision of the Mountains: Preserving and Creating Access to Films of Mountaineering in the West

To support: The preservation, arrangement and description, digital reformatting, and selective web streaming of 448 films, created by the Mountaineers Club, that document the natural environment of the Pacific Northwest.

The University of Washington Libraries' Special Collections will preserve and provide access to 448 motion picture films from the Mountaineers Film Collection.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $200,000 (approved); $200,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2012 – 4/30/2015

Missouri Botanical Garden (St. Louis, MO 63166-0299)
Christopher Freeland (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - 11/27/2012); Trish Rose-Sandler (Project Director, 11/28/2012 - present)
PW-51041-12
Creating Digital Access to Natural History Illustrations

To support: The development of software tools to identify and describe natural history illustrations in digitized books and journals in the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

The Art of Life project seeks to liberate natural history illustrations from the 90,000 digitized books and journals (34 million pages) in the online Biodiversity Heritage Library through development of software tools for automated identification and description of visual resources. Missouri Botanical Garden and Indianapolis Museum of Art will build a new research environment for humanities scholars through development of new software tools for algorithmic assessment (data mining) and new interfaces for community enhancement of digital resources (crowdsourcing). The project will deliver: New software components for the identification and description of visual resources that can be reused by any digital repository; Preservation management techniques for visual resources contained within a digital library of scanned literature; and Enhanced access to millions of natural history illustrations, many never before made available for advanced inquiry and inspection.

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Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $260,000 (approved); $260,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2012 – 4/30/2015

Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688)
Andra Darlington (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51045-12
Processing and Creating Access to the Szeemann Archive

To support: The arrangement and description, re-housing, and partial digitization of up to 900 linear feet of the Harald Szeemann Papers, which comprise 3,000 artist files, over 200 project files, and 750 videos documenting the history of 20th-century art and visual culture.

This application seeks support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to process the two largest and most significant series in the recently acquired Harald Szeemann Papers (circa 1880-2005). The Szeemann archive is one of the principal privately assembled collections related to 20th-century art and visual culture in the world, and his series of project files and artist files are the heart of the archive. The proposed project will arrange, preserve, describe, and partially digitize the project files and artist files, and make them freely accessible to scholars, researchers, curators, artists, and the interested public. Together these two series comprise 900 linear feet of extensive correspondence, notes, unique drawings, rare posters, video artworks, artists' books, limited-edition items by noted visual, literary, and performance artists, and extensive documentation of Szeemann's exhibitions and other projects, both realized and unrealized.

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Project fields: Arts, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $230,000 (approved); $230,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2014

Princeton University (Princeton, NJ 08544)
Clifford Wulfman (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51046-12
The Blue Mountain Project: Digitizing Periodicals of the Avant-Garde

To support: Digitization of 34 avant-garde arts journals produced in Europe and North America between 1848 and 1923 that document the emergence of modernity through the literature, art, and music of the period.

As part of its newly inaugurated Blue Mountain Project, the Princeton University Library proposes to create digital editions of 34 avant-garde arts journals produced in Europe and North America between 1848 and 1923, when public domain ends in the United States. Ranging in character from illustrated newsprint to lavishly designed productions, these journals open a critical window on the past while illuminating our understanding of the arts today. Because full runs in good condition are difficult to find and access, Blue Mountain aims to build a thematic research collection of historic avant-garde magazines of arts and letters for use by scholars and students around the world. The Blue Mountain will comprise a trusted digital repository of high-quality page scans, text-encoded transcriptions, and extensive descriptions, which will be made freely available over the World Wide Web.

Project fields: Arts, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $227,054 (approved); $227,054 (awarded)
Grant period: 9/1/2012 – 8/31/2014

Yale University (New Haven, CT 06510)
Elizabeth Beaudin (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51052-12
Digitize and Create Access Collections Related to Religion

To support: The digitization and presentation online of the contents of up to 5,000 volumes of annual reports and periodicals (ca. 400,000 pages in total) documenting Christian missionary activity around the world from 1850 to 1950.

The Yale Divinity Library, a division of the Yale University Library, proposes to digitize and make publicly accessible up to 5,000 volumes of annual reports and periodicals from the Day Missions Collection, the preeminent North American collection for documentation of the history of the missionary enterprise and the development of Christianity throughout the world. The prospective audiences are many, from scholars of mission history to social historians both of the U.S. and the rest of the world, from institutional stakeholders in the religious communities themselves to a broad range of general readers with an interest in the history of their country, their churches, and their families. A successful project will offer scholars, educators, students, and general readers useful and integrated access to rare and fragile materials, while eliminating the potentially damaging use of the originals and benefiting a wide community interested in world Christianity and its interactions and effects.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $200,000 (approved); $196,678 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2014

Perkins School for the Blind (Watertown, MA 02472)
Betsy McGinnity (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51055-12
Arranging, Describing, and Creating Access to the Archives at Perkins School for the Blind

To support: The arrangement and description of 120 linear feet of archival materials related to the institutional history of the Perkins School for the Blind from the 1830s to 1906.

The Archives at Perkins School for the Blind is a bountiful source of historical material that documents both the evolution of the field of blindness education and of the gradual inclusion of people with visual impairments into the mainstream of American life. Perkins is requesting funding for the arrangement and description of the nineteenth-century documents (1830s-1906) in its Archives, occupying approximately 120 linear feet. At the end of the project, Perkins will have created physical and intellectual control over the most frequently used and information-rich materials in the Research Library Archives, including correspondence, journals, and institutional records. These materials include correspondence and other items written by Helen Keller, Samuel Ward Howe, Charles Dickens, and Horace Mann. With a skilled and experienced Archivist working through the three-year grant period, we plan to follow archival best practices to make this important collection widely accessible.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $98,007 (approved); $98,007 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2015

Harvard University (Cambridge, MA 02138-3800)
Daniel Carpenter (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51056-12
A Digital Archive of Massachusetts Anti-Slavery and Anti-Segregation Petitions

To support: Digitization of an estimated 21,000 pages of antislavery and antisegregation petitions sent to the Massachusetts state legislature during the 18th and 19th centuries.

America's past, present and future are filled with petitions. A host of archived petitions have been signed by tens of millions of Americans over time, ranging from colonial grievances (18th century) to slavery opposition (19th century) to temperance advocacy (20th century). Yet these vast resources are accessible only with great cost and difficulty, and risk physical erosion in the future. The Center for American Political Studies at Harvard, along with associated faculty and library staff, and in collaboration with the Massachusetts State Archives, will conduct a three-year project to (1) catalog and digitize antislavery and antisegregation petitions sent to the state legislature, (2) join these with previously-collected petitions to the U.S. Congress in a database, and (3) create an open-access web site where petition images and data can be used by teachers, scholars, and the wider public. Future projects will add new petitions to the database established by this project.

Project fields: Social Sciences, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $260,231 (approved); $260,231 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2015

University of Florida Libraries (Gainesville, FL 32611)
Thomas Caswell (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51064-12
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Unearthing St. Augustine's Colonial Heritage: An Interactive Digital Collection for the Nation's Oldest City

To support: A consortium of 18 cultural organizations that would create an interactive online collection of 11,000 primary resources (including maps, drawings, photographs, documents, and digitized objects) related to colonial St. Augustine, Florida, in preparation for the 450th anniversary of its founding.

The University of Florida proposes to build an interactive online collection of key resources related to colonial St. Augustine, Florida. Along with the UF Libraries, Unearthing St. Augustine partners are the two City of St. Augustine departments (Heritage Tourism and Archaeology Program), historic Government House in St. Augustine managed by UF, and St. Augustine Historical Society. Since the 1970s, research in St. Augustine has elicited attention from scholars in history, archaeology, and historic preservation throughout Florida and the US. Efforts to protect and promote its historical importance have been ongoing since early in the 20th century. UF and its partners will establish for the first time a computer digitization lab at Government House which will be used create and disseminate an interactive digital collection of 11,000 maps, drawings, photos and documents available freely online; and, spatially enhance maps and images through geo-referencing.