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University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
James C. Kuhn (Project Director: July 2016 to present)

Writers Without Borders: Creating Global Access to the PEN International and English PEN Records

The Harry Ransom Center (HRC) at The University of Texas at Austin requests support in the amount of $245,694 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a two-year project to arrange, describe, and selectively digitize the PEN Records and share them with the global community. The story of twentieth-century political activism, persecution, and creative expression cannot be fully understood without exploring the rich materials in the PEN Records at the HRC. The archives of PEN International and English PEN offer unique insight into human rights crises and document important cultural, historical, and literary debates of the last century. They illustrate in vivid and compelling ways why the humanities are integral to questions of equality, social justice, and freedom of expression and how humanists can successfully and powerfully engage in the public square.

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

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$195,000 (approved)
$195,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 8/31/2019