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Princeton University (Princeton, NJ 08540-5228)
Marina A. Rustow (Project Director: July 2020 to present)
Creating a Committee for Manuscript, Rare Book, and Archive Studies

The development of undergraduate and graduate curricula in Manuscript, Rare Book and Archive Studies.

This is a proposal to launch a Committee on Manuscript, Rare Book and Archive Studies (MARBAS) at Princeton University. MARBAS is the initiative of a group of faculty and library staff devoted to teaching with original objects from global cultures before 1600, including manuscripts, documents, early printed books, papyri, coins, inscriptions and archives. Our goals are to bring students into contact with premodern texts and objects, to make specialized techniques (including digital methods) accessible to an expanded pool of instructors and non-specialists, to encourage comparison, and to make the use of physical evidence central to the humanities. We will help make the techniques for teaching with objects widely accessible, develop and distribute tools for undergraduate and graduate teaching with original artifacts, and make these tools scalable and replicable with or without physical access to special collections, whether due to geography, resources or travel restrictions.

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Project fields:
History, General; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Medieval History

Humanities Initiatives at Colleges and Universities

Education Programs

$150,000 (approved)
$147,749 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2021 – 1/31/2024