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Columbia University (New York, NY 10027-7922)
Janet Elaine Gertz (Project Director: July 2014 to present)

Language and Culture Archive of Ashkenazic Jewry: Digitizing the Data

The digitization of field notes and supplemental surveys gathered during research for the Language and Culture Atlas of Ashkenazic Jewry, documenting Yiddish speakers in Europe and the Americas from the 1960s to the 1970s.

Columbia University proposes a 2-year project to digitize data from the Language and Culture Archive of Ashkenazic Jewry, containing 140,000 pages of notes on the linguistic, cultural and social content of 600 interviews conducted in the 1960-70s with native Yiddish speakers. This will benefit users of Yiddish as a source for historical, literary or anthropological research, and linguists studying languages in contact and the evolution and differentiation of language communities. This project will: digitize the interview answer sheets and interview-data computer printouts, and carry out OCR and mark-up to enable searching and data manipulation; make the digitized content freely available on the Internet; ingest the files into the CUL/IS Fedora-based preservation repository; process correspondence and administrative papers, maps, draft manuscripts, and related materials, and create an EAD finding aid and collection-level MARC record.

Project fields:
History, Other; Jewish Studies; Languages, Other

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$150,000 (approved)
$149,529 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 12/31/2017