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President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA 02138-3846)
Afsaneh Najmabadi (Project Director: July 2017 to present)
Women's Worlds in Qajar, Iran

A project to expand the Women’s Worlds in Qajar Iran (WWQI) digital archive and website with family and institutional archives held in over 40 collections in five regional areas not represented in the current resource, dating from the late 18th through the early 20th centuries.  A guided tour with audio on a specific subset of the collection would be featured on the project website.

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 41,000 digital facsimiles of primary materials (over 6,000 distinct items) held by 166 private families and individuals and 22 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

$235,000 (approved)
$235,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2021