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University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588)
Megan Ward (Co Project Director, 12/12/2012 - present); Adrian Wisnicki (Project Director, 12/12/2012 - present)
Explorer David Livingstone's 1870 Field Diary and Select 1871 Letters: A Multispectral Critical Edition

Preparation for publication of on online critical edition of the 1870 Field Diary and select letters of David Livingstone (1813 - 73), the Scottish writer, abolitionist, missionary and explorer of Africa. (24 months)

Project fields: British Literature
Program: Scholarly Editions and Translations
Division: Research Programs
Total amounts: $158,605 (approved); $158,605 (awarded)
Grant period: 12/1/2013 – 12/31/2015

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

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 ( 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

Early Manuscripts Electronic Library (Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274-4182)
Adrian Wisnicki (Project Director, 10/08/2009 - present)
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Creation of a digital image archive and online scholarly edition of David Livingtone's Nyangwe field diary (1871) by adapting imaging technology originally pioneered with medieval parchment palimpsests.

This project will build on imaging technology pioneered with medieval parchment palimpsests to create a digital image archive and online scholarly edition of the Nyangwe field diary (1871) of the celebrated Victorian explorer David Livingstone. Although in a fragile, nearly illegible state, the paper diary is of immense historical value because it details the circumstances leading up to Livingstone's famous meeting with Henry Stanley in November 1871, and because it records Livingstone's response to a massacre of the local African population by Arab slave traders' an event that would become a rallying point for late-Victorian abolitionists. Our project will seek to develop technology for the preservation of the diary and recovery of its faded text, and create a model for scholar-scientist collaboration. Our work will make Livingstone's diary accessible to scholars and non-specialists worldwide and produce a template for the display of similar records of Victorian travel and exploration.

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Project fields: British Literature
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amounts: $50,000 (approved); $50,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2010 – 10/31/2011

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