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University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc. (Lawrence, KS 66045-3101)
Maryemma Graham (Project Director: July 2020 to present)
Black Book Interactive Project III

Completing the digitization and professional curation of 2,100 texts in the History of Black Writing Novel Corpus, refining the PhiloLogic user-interface (in partnership with the University of Chicago‚Äôs Textual Optics Lab), and developing its BBIP Scholars Program network.

Of the thousands of African American (AA) novels written since the 19th century, the overwhelming majority are unknown and/or understudied. The Black Book Interactive Project (BBIP) provides a systematic approach to the study of these texts as a digital archive. During the course of the grant, BBIP will (a) produce and curate a digital database from 4,000 titles in its novel corpus; (b) refine its search user interface; and (c) support the development and dissemination of model projects through its Scholars Program. BBIP will be the most complete resource for project-based inquires in AA fiction, and serves as a model for bridging the digital divide in marginalized textual communities. By providing access to a wider range of cultural materials, BBIP advances humanities scholarship with benefits for research, education and public knowledge. The critical employment of computational approaches can raise compelling questions that push the study of AA literature in dynamic new directions.

Project fields:
American Literature

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$350,000 (approved)
$316,177 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2021 – 12/31/2023