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President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA 02138-3846)
Afsaneh Najmabadi (Project Director: July 2015 to present)

Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran

The preservation and digitization of primary sources related to the social and cultural history of women during the Qajar dynasty (1785–1925) in Iran; these materials would be made available through the Women’s Worlds in Qajar Iran Web site.

The WWQI project is a comprehensive digital archive and website that addresses a significant gap in the scholarship related to the Qajar era in Iran by making available writings and other personal documents created by, and reflecting the lives of, women during that era. To date, the WWQI archive contains over 34,000 digital facsimiles of primary materials (over 4,000 distinct items) held by 93 private families and individuals and 14 major archival institutions. New funding will not only enable the project to increase the volume of its collections, but also to substantially expand the range of socio-economic classes, ethnicities, and geographical 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; Women's History

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$230,000 (approved)
$230,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 10/31/2018