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RQ-279778-21

University of North Florida (Jacksonville, FL 32224-7699)
Laura Heffernan (Project Director: December 2020 to present)
Documenting Black Jacksonville: The Viola Muse Digital Edition

Preparation for digital publication of the interview notes of Viola Muse (1891-1981), a writer who took part in the Florida Federal Writers Project from 1936 to 1940. (12 months) 

The Viola Muse Digital Edition will present the 73 discrete manuscript and typescript documents (totaling 262 pages) that comprise the Viola Muse Collection at the Jacksonville Historical Society. Muse was a local hairdresser and an interviewer/writer with the Negro Writers Division of the Florida Federal Writers Project (1936-40). Our edition will provide images and transcriptions of her fieldwork on Black society and Black history in Jacksonville as well as a scholarly introduction and headnotes/annotations for the documents.

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Project fields:
African American Studies; American Literature; U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2022