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University of Missouri, Columbia (Columbia, MO 65211-3020)
Noah Heringman (Project Director: December 2016 to present)
Crystal Belle-Lane Lake (Co Project Director: January 2017 to present)
Vetusta Monumenta: A Digital Edition and Antiquarian Archive

Preparation of an open-access digital edition of the first three volumes of Vetusta Monumenta [Ancient Monuments], a series of prints and essays published by the Society of Antiquaries of London from 1718 to 1906. (36 months)

We are producing a digital edition of Vetusta Monumenta [Ancient Monuments], the series of spectacular antiquarian prints published by the Society of Antiquaries of London from 1718 to 1906. The plates depict a huge variety of artifacts and monuments, ranging from the Rosetta Stone to the ruins of Fountains Abbey. By commissioning these large engravings with accompanying essays, the Society of Antiquaries developed a research agenda based on preservation and set the stage for a widespread and enduring fascination with the past and its objects. We have digitized all 337 engravings, completed the introduction, and over two dozen commentaries while creating a state-of-the-art digital platform, now live at We seek NEH support for the second phase of the project: researching and writing the commentary for the 144 remaining eighteenth-century plates, perfecting the interface, and seeing Volumes I-III through peer review and final publication.

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Project fields:
History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts; Intellectual History; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Scholarly Editions and Translations

Research Programs

$285,508 (approved)
$285,508 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 12/31/2020