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RQ-266042-19

Smith College (Northampton, MA 01063-6304)
Patricia Gonzalez (Project Director: November 2018 to present)

Lydia Cabrera’s ‘The Abakua Secret Society’ and its West African Sources

Preparation of an English translation of La Sociedad secreta Abakua (The Abakua Secret Society), Cuban writer Lydia Cabrera’s (1899-1991) landmark study of the Afro-Cuban Abakua religious society. (36 months)

We propose a scholarly English translation of La sociedad secreta Abakuá - Lydia Cabrera's landmark study of the Cuban Abakuá initiation society. Researched in Havana and Matanzas from 1938 to 1959 and published in Spanish in Havana in 1959, the book is a primary document about the adaptation of a specific African heritage to the Caribbean region. This monograph is the most substantive document of the speech and cultural history of any diasporan group originating from the West African Cross River area, yet it remains inaccessible to English-speaking scholars including the very Nigerian and Cameroonian specialists most qualified to identify the sources and meanings of Abakuá terms and practices. The Abakuá example is also important to Americanists more generally, as it demonstrates the expansion of an African-derived identity into the wider population of European, Asian and Amer-Indian descendants, evolving from a racial/ethnic category into a cultural community.

Project fields:
African Studies; Latin American Studies; Linguistics

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$283,150 (approved)
$283,150 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2022


RQ-266076-19

Princeton University (Princeton, NJ 08540-5228)
James P. McClure (Project Director: December 2018 to present)

The Papers of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)

Review and submission for publication of volume 45 and the preparation for publication of volumes 46 through 51 of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States. (36 months)

The Papers of Thomas Jefferson editorial project at Princeton University is preparing a comprehensive and authoritative scholarly edition of correspondence and other documents of Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826). The project, which includes papers that Jefferson received as well as those he wrote, has produced 44 substantial volumes since 1950, and the edition is now also accessible online. With a skilled team of seven editors, an editorial associate, and a part-time research associate in place, the Jefferson Papers is now moving into a final major phase, to complete the editing of documents from the period of Jefferson’s presidency of the United States. The goal is to complete preparation of the last volume (projected to be Volume 61) by 2033. We seek a continuation of Endowment support as we move this exemplar of historical scholarship into its final stage toward completion.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2022


RQ-266098-19

University of Oregon (Eugene, OR 97403-5219)
David Hollenberg (Project Director: December 2018 to present)
Mushegh Asatryan (Co Project Director: December 2018 to present)

Recovering Early Nusayri Shiism: A Critical Edition and Translation of the Manhaj al-‘ilm (The Method of Knowledge)

Preparation for publication of an English translation of the Manhaj al-‘ilm, a foundational text from the Nusayri tradition of Shia Islam, written in the 11th century in present-day Syria. (36 months)

The study of Nusayrism, a branch of Shiism derived from the tenth-century Levant that remains important until the present in Syria, is still in its infancy. We propose to edit and translate a key source to address this lacuna, the hitherto unpublished text by Muhammad ibn ‘Ali ‘Ismat al-Dawla (d. ca. 450/1058) entitled Manhaj al-‘ilm wa l-bayan wa-nuzhat al-sama’ wa l-‘iyan (The Method of Knowledge and Clarification and the Pleasure of Auditing and Witnessing). The only extant manuscript of this source is MS 43 in the collection of the University of Pennsylvania’s Van Pelt Library. When published, the Manhaj will be the most substantial Nusayri source available to recover the movement’s early history and thought. It will provide a key resource for a critical appreciation of Nusayrism in the history of Shiism and Islam, and, more broadly, the history of religion.

Project fields:
Arabic Literature; Religion, General

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$132,266 (approved)
$132,266 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2020 – 12/31/2022


RQ-266249-19

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382)
Jessica Getman (Project Director: December 2018 to present)
Mark Allan Clague (Co Project Director: December 2018 to present)

A Critical Edition of the Works of American Composers George Gershwin (1898-1937) and Ira Gershwin (1896-1983)

Preparation of a critical edition and performance scores of works by George and Ira Gershwin, including music for string quartet, symphony orchestra, Broadway musicals, and film scores. (36 months).

The names of George and Ira Gershwin are synonymous throughout the world with American musical creativity. While readily accessible, their work too often circulates in substandard scores that contain surprising errors. In response, the Gershwin family estates, their publisher (Schott Music Group), and the University of Michigan have joined forces to produce The George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition, the first scholarly edition of the Gershwins’ oeuvre. This complete-works critical edition facilitates both study and performance, giving a wide audience—musicians, scholars, students, and enthusiasts alike—greater insight into the Gershwins’ creative output. By September 2019, the edition will have used its initial, three-year NEH grant to provide three volumes to Schott for publication and sale, and five volumes for rental to ensembles. An additional round of funding is sought to continue the employment of key staff and to continue this work.

Project fields:
Music History and Criticism

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$337,393 (approved)
$150,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2022


RQ-266191-19

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
John C. A. Stagg (Project Director: December 2018 to present)

The Papers of U.S. President James Madison (1751–1836)

Preparation for publication of five volumes of the papers of James Madison (1751-1836), president, secretary of state, and drafter of the Constitution. (24 months)

The Papers of James Madison is a documentary project devoted to annotating and editing the complete papers of "The Father of the Constitution” and the fourth president of the United States. The project needs to complete its publication of his papers for the years 1806-09 and 1826-36. Forty-one volumes are already available in letterpress and digital formats. The edition will be completed in fifty-two volumes between 2028-30.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$350,000 (approved)
$275,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2021


RQ-266203-19

California State University, Dominguez Hills (Carson, CA 90747-0001)
Patricia Larson Kalayjian (Project Director: December 2018 to present)
Deborah Gussman (Co Project Director: December 2018 to present)
Lucinda L. Damon-Bach (Co Project Director: December 2018 to present)

The Letters of American Novelist Catharine Maria Sedgwick (1789-1867): An Online Edition

Preparation of a digital edition of the complete letters of early American writer Catherine Maria Sedgwick (1789-1867).  (36 months)

The Catharine Maria Sedgwick Online Letters Project (CMSOL) seeks to publish an open-access digital edition of the complete, unexpurgated letters written by Sedgwick (1789-1867) to her more than 250 correspondents over seven decades; this phase of the project begins in the late 1790s and continues into the 1830s. Sedgwick's literary status as the premier American woman writer of the Early National Period as well as her contributions to the most important cultural and political conversations of the day argue for the publication of this heretofore unpublished personal correspondence.

Project fields:
Women's History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$299,955 (approved)
$289,076 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2020 – 12/31/2022


RQ-266212-19

University of Chicago (Chicago, IL 60637-5418)
Thibaut d'Hubert (Project Director: December 2018 to present)

A Bengali Sufi Romance from Premodern Myanmar: Alaol's Sayphulmuluk and Badiujjamal

Preparation for publication of a Bengali edition and English translation of Sayphulmuluk and Badiujjamal, a 17th century Bengali Sufi poem, written at the court of the kingdom of Arakan (today’s Myanmar). (18 months)

The project "A Bengali Sufi Romance from Premodern Myanmar: Alaol's Sayphulmuluk and Badiujjamal" offers to produce a critical edition and translation of a masterpiece of precolonial Bengali literature. We will make the texts available in book format in Bangladesh, India, and the U.S. and as an online corpus in Bengali and English, thus catering to both specialized and general readerships worldwide. Alaol's Sayphulmuluk and Badiujjamal (ca. 1656-70) is an eloquent illustration of the convergence of Indic and Persianate literary cultures in Buddhist lands. It will open a unique window onto the cultural past of a region that is today facing a major humanitarian crisis: the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. The Rohingya crisis is erasing the memory of a cosmopolitan kingdom that was home to unique cultural encounters. The edition and translation of this poem will be our modest contribution to foster the memory of a forgotten coexistence.

Project fields:
Asian Languages

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$109,605 (approved)
$109,605 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 3/31/2021


RQ-266224-19

University of Chicago (Chicago, IL 60637-5418)
Francesco Izzo (Project Director: December 2018 to present)

The Works of Italian Composer Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

Preparation for print publication of a critical edition and score of the opera La trouvère and a collection of early works by the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), as well as editorial work on four additional volumes. (36 months)

The Works of Giuseppe Verdi makes available to scholars and performers reliable editions of the music of a major historical figure. It includes operas at the core of the repertory, e.g., Rigoletto, Il trovatore, La traviata, Otello, and Falstaff, as well as the Messa da Requiem and other non-operatic works. Seventeen out of thirty-four titles are now in print, with three more appearing in 2019-2022 and a target completion year of 2040. Entirely based on original sources, the edition produces musical scores freed from inauthentic interventions that have become the standard for performance and recording worldwide. It also presents detailed histories of the works—from composition, to early performance, to broader cultural influence up to the present day. Greeted with acclaim since its inception, the edition brings audiences closer to a full understanding of Verdi’s works and upholds for scholars and performers a new level of probity in a repertory that previously suffered neglect.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$203,009 (approved)
$203,009 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2022


RQ-266229-19

University of Denver (Denver, CO 80208-0001)
Alison Schofield (Project Director: December 2018 to present)

Dead Sea Scrolls from Cave 1: New Editions and Translations

Preparation for publication of a new edition and translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls from Cave 1, discovered near Qumran in Israel in the 1950s. (36 months)

This project will produce two scholarly editions and translations of the first Dead Sea Scrolls found in Cave 1. They will rely on new photographs of the Scrolls, taken with multi-spectral and reflectance transformation imaging, and will revise, update, and add critical commentary to these texts, originally published in 1955 only in French. Divided into two volumes now under contract in the new Dead Sea Scrolls Editions series (Brill), these new editions and translations will increase scholarly and general access to these texts in English translation and will aid in the general understanding of these often fragmentary texts. Through new introductions and commentary, the editors will highlight the ways in which these Cave 1 texts illuminate our understanding of the Bible and the origins of modern-day Judaism and the early followers of Jesus. These Scrolls also shed light on the rise of sacred texts and how the written word became central to many Western religious traditions.

Project fields:
Ancient Languages; Ancient Literature; History of Religion

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2020 – 2/28/2023


RQ-266079-19

New School (New York, NY 10011-8871)
Stephanie P. Browner (Project Director: December 2018 to present)
Sarah Wagner-McCoy (Co Project Director: December 2018 to present)

The Complete Short Stories of American Author Charles W. Chestnutt (1858-1932)

Preparation of a scholarly edition (in printed volumes) of the short stories of American writer Charles W. Chesnutt (1858-1932). (24 months)

For fifty years Charles W. Chesnutt (1858-1932) wrote stories that chronicled the complexities of race in America. A formidable craftsman and subtle diagnostician of his country's troubles, he published in newspapers and elite magazines such as The Atlantic. Today his stories appear in all major anthologies, and are key to groundbreaking studies on race in post-Reconstruction America, though only a fraction are available. We seek support for a complete scholarly edition of his stories. The literary canon is now diverse, but African American writers have not gained the editorial attention granted to their white peers, with the exception of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. Drawing on a rich archive of manuscripts, The Complete Short Stories of Charles W. Chesnutt, under contract with Oxford University Press, will offer authoritative texts, annotations, and comprehensive introductions. These two volumes will meet an urgent need and change the landscape of literary studies.

Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$206,330 (approved)
$206,330 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2019 – 11/30/2021


RQ-266060-19

John A. Taber
University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001)

Dharmakirti on Thought and Language, Part Two: Translation of Pramanavarttika-Svavrtti, the Apoha Section (PVSV 45,20–69,8)

Preparation of an English translation of Pramanavarttika-Svavrtti, a work of Buddhist philosophy dating to the 6th century. (30 months)

An international team of scholars will work on the second part of a three-part translation of an important text of Buddhist philosophy. Its author, Dharmakirti, who lived in India in the sixth century C.E., is one of the founders of “Buddhist logic.” The text in question, the “Apoha Section” of the author’s magnum opus, the Pramanavarttika (Commentary on the Means of Knowledge) with his own commentary (Svavrtti), concerns the meanings of words and, by extension, the objects of thought insofar as language is the vehicle of thought. His theory that words refer to “exclusions” (apohas), not real universals, was definitive for Buddhist epistemology and a focus of debate among Indian philosophers for centuries. Translation of the first part was funded by a previous NEH grant and has now appeared in Studia Philologica Buddhica (Tokyo). It is expected that the three-part translation (completion date 2026) will have a major impact on the fields of Indian philosophy and Buddhist studies.

Project fields:
Non Western Philosophy

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$118,406 (approved)
$118,406 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 12/31/2022


RQ-260688-18

University of Wisconsin, Madison (Madison, WI 53715-1218)
John Kaminski (Project Director: November 2017 to present)

The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution and the Adoption of the Bill of Rights

Preparation for publication of two volumes on the ratification of the United States Constitution in North Carolina, three supplemental volumes, and three volumes on the ratification of the Bill of Rights. (36 months)

Preparation and publication of two volumes on the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in North Carolina, three volumes on the origins of the Bill of Rights, and three volumes of supplemental ratification documents.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$500,000 (approved)
$500,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2021


RQ-260718-18

Duke University (Durham, NC 27705-4677)
David R. Sorensen (Project Director: November 2017 to present)

The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle

The preparation for print publication of volumes 46, 47, and 48 of the Collected Letters of English author Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) and his wife, Jane Welsh Carlyle (1801-1866), and publication of volumes 45-47 in an existing online archive. (36 months)

With its first volumes published in 1970, the Duke-Edinburgh edition of The Collected Letters of Thomas (TC) and Jane Welsh Carlyle (JWC) is regarded by biographers, historians, critics, students, and general readers as one of the finest and most comprehensive literary archives of the nineteenth century. Forty-five volumes have been published to date in book form by Duke University Press, and the first 43 volumes have been published in The Carlyle Letters Online (http://carlyleletters.dukeupress.edu/), with volume 44 having been encoded and now in the process of final editing, to be added to the site early in 2018. This ongoing digital project, of 16 years to date, brings access to the Carlyles and their times to an increasing global audience, with well over a million downloads of full-page text to users from more than 180 nations. The online edition of the Carlyles’ letters is regarded as a pioneering model in the growing field of digital humanities.

Project fields:
British Literature

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$287,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2021


RQ-260691-18

Princeton Theological Seminary (Princeton, NJ 08540-6819)
Darrell L. Guder (Project Director: November 2017 to present)

The Lectures and Essays of Twentieth-Century German Theologian Karl Barth, from the Years 1905 to 1921

Preparation for print publication in three volumes of English translations of the lectures and essays from the years 1905-1921 of the German theologian Karl Barth (1886-1968). (36 months)

The proposed translation project provides an authoritative English edition of the first three volumes of Barth’s Lectures and Essays (1905-1909, 1909-1914, 1914-1921), published in German as part of Die Karl Barth-Gesamtausgabe [Karl Barth Collected Works]. In these three volumes, Barth offers incisive commentary and critique of a number of theological, social, and political themes prior to and during World War I and in the early years of the Weimar Republic (1919-1933). This translation project is led by the Barth Translators’ Seminar sponsored by the Center for Barth Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary and will be carried out over three years by a team of 15 experienced translators representing 13 academic institutions, both domestic and international. These three volumes provide, for the first time in English, significant primary sources from one of the most important theologians and public intellectuals of the twentieth century.

Project fields:
Philosophy, General; Religion, General

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$298,445 (approved)
$295,290 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2021


RQ-260700-18

Connecticut College (New London, CT 06320-4150)
Bruce Herbert Kirmmse (Project Director: November 2017 to present)

The Journals and Notebooks of Danish Philosopher Søren Kierkegaard

Preparation for print publication of Volume 11, tome 2 (the final volume) of the journals and notebooks of the philosopher Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), an English-language version of his unpublished writings. (12 months)

An international group of well-known scholars of philosophy, history, and religious studies is producing a critical, scholarly, English-language edition of the unpublished writings of the Danish thinker Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855). These writings, collectively entitled Kierkegaard’s Journals and Notebooks, are being published in 12 volumes by Princeton University Press. The first nine volumes have now been published; volume 10 is in production and will be available in April 2018, while volume 11, tome 1, will be finished by the end of the current grant period in the fall of 2018. With the requested grant, we will complete Volume 11, tome 2--and the entire project--by September 30, 2019. Approximately 50% of the project’s costs are being borne by a major grant from the Danish government, with Connecticut College also providing significant support. Kierkegaard’s Journals and Notebooks will be the benchmark for all future Kierkegaard scholarship in the English language.

Project fields:
History of Philosophy; Religion, General

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2019


RQ-260734-18

Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus (University Park, PA 16802-7000)
Sandra W. Spanier (Project Director: December 2017 to present)

The Letters of Ernest Hemingway

Preparation for publication of Volumes 5, 6, and 7 of a scholarly edition of 6,000 surviving letters of American author Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961). (36 months)

The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, being published by Cambridge University Press, is a comprehensive scholarly edition of the some 6,000 surviving letters of Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)--about 85% previously unpublished--in a projected 17 volumes. A 1954 Nobel Laureate, Hemingway made a profound impact on modern prose and still commands enormous popular as well as scholarly interest worldwide. The letters not only provide important new biographical information and insights into the artistic achievement of this most influential American writer, they constitute a running eyewitness history of much of the 20th century. Volumes 1-4 (spanning 1907-1931) were published between 2011 and 2017. We are requesting three-year funding (October 2018-September 2021) to complete and see into print volume 5, to submit and see through pre-production volume 6 (for publication November 2021), and to begin textual and annotation work on volume 7, encompassing Hemingway's letters from 1932 through May 1941.

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Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$275,000 (approved)
$275,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2021


RQ-260807-18

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL 61801-3620)
Mauro Nobili (Project Director: December 2017 to present)

Restoring the African Past: A Synoptic Edition and Translation of Two West African Arabic Chronicles (17th–19th Centuries)

Preparation for print publication of a synoptic edition and English translation of two West African Arabic chronicles that chart the end of the great West African empires in the 17th century and the emergence of Islamic theocracies in the 19th century. (24 months)

Our synoptic edition and English translation will provide critical knowledge about two influential phases of West African history. The Tarikh Ibn al-Mukhtar documents the 17th century at the demise of the great West African empires, partially as consequence of the expanding European presence on the Atlantic shores of the continent and the escalating trans-Atlantic slave trade. The Tarikh al-fattash bears witness on 19th-century West Africa, with the emergence of Islamic theocracies and the escalation of domestic slavery after the trans-Atlantic slave trade was abolished. The Tarikh Ibn al-Mukhtar and the Tarikh al-fattash are thoroughly entangled, and misinterpreted, in the 1913 edition La chronique du chercheur, one of the most widely referenced sources for the history of West Africa. Our work corrects the historical record and makes these documents available to scholars of African history–both Arabists and non-Arabists–in an accurate, accessible format for the first time.

Project fields:
African History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$149,742 (approved)
$149,742 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2020


RQ-260842-18

University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Leslie S. Rowland (Project Director: December 2017 to present)

Freedmen & Southern Society Project

Completion of editorial work on volume 8 and start of work on volume 9 of the nine-volume series, Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867. (36 months)

The Freedmen and Southern Society Project is editing Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867, a nine-volume documentary history of the transition from slavery to freedom in the U.S. South. The edition documents a critical juncture in American history: the moment four million slaves gained their freedom. It constitutes a social history in the words of emancipated slaves and their contemporaries. Seven volumes will be in print by the beginning of the proposed grant period, and work on the eighth will be nearing completion. Each volume of Freedom is between 800 and 1,100 pages, twice the size of the volumes in most editions. The editors have published four additional volumes for general audiences and use in the classroom, as well as article-length collections of documents. The project's website provides both documents and interpretive material.

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

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$325,000 (approved)
$325,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2019 – 6/30/2021


RQ-260849-18

Stanford University (Stanford, CA 94305-2004)
Clayborne Carson (Project Director: December 2017 to present)

Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Preparation for publication of volumes 8 and 9 of the papers of American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), covering the years 1962-1964. (12 months)

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project’s principal mission is to publish the authoritative, fourteen-volume, annotated edition of King’s most historically significant correspondence, sermons, speeches, published writings, and unpublished manuscripts. Under the direction of Stanford historian Clayborne Carson, the King Papers Project has published seven volumes, which have attracted considerable interest and praise from both academic and general audiences. Our extensive annotations allow scholars, students, and the public to see King in his historical context, challenging textbook understandings of him as a colorblind dreamer. They instead present a radical black Baptist preacher focused on racial, national, and global liberation, whose words and example remain relevant in a world still grappling with questions of peace, equality, and justice.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$125,000 (approved)
$125,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2019


RQ-260853-18

Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040)
Daniel Warren Smith (Project Director: December 2017 to present)

The Seminars of Twentieth-Century French Philosopher Gilles Deleuze

Preparation for online publication of English translations of seminar lectures given by the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995). (36 months)

The project participants will undertake a complete translation of the seminar lectures given by the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) at the University of Paris between 1979 and 1987. A critical edition of the translations will be made available online on a project website hosted by Purdue University. Deleuze is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential European philosophers of the 20th century, and his writings have had a significant impact, not only in philosophy, but in disciplines such as film studies, psychology, political science, art history and art criticism, and literary theory. The project will make Deleuze’s work available to a broad English-speaking audience in the humanities.

Project fields:
History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Phenomenology Existentialism

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$294,236 (approved)
$294,236 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 8/31/2021


RQ-260871-18

Emory University (Atlanta, GA 30322-1018)
Jesse P. Karlsberg (Project Director: December 2017 to present)
Allen E. Tullos (Co Project Director: January 2018 to present)

Sounding Spirit: Scholarly Editions of Southern Sacred Music, 1851–1911

Preparation of print and digital editions of five volumes of American Protestant music from several traditions, including gospel, spirituals, lined-out hymn singing, and shape-note music. (36 months)

“Sounding Spirit: Scholarly Editions of Southern Sacred Music, 1851–1911” will make available connected open access digital editions and print volumes of five widely influential but currently inaccessible books of Protestant music, including gospel (Class, Choir, and Congregation; Soul Echoes, No. 2), spirituals (Jubilee Songs), shape-note music (Original Sacred Harp), and lined-out hymn singing (Nakcokv Esyvhiketv). The intermingling of black, white, and Native American populations in the southern United States dispersed the music presented in these songbooks across the country. In critical editions richly annotated with text and multimedia, joined with in-depth introductions, and published by the University of North Carolina Press, the “Sounding Spirit” series offers scholars of history, musicology, folklore, regional studies, and religious studies access to key texts and appeals to a general audience, including contemporary populations engaged in sacred music making.

Project fields:
American Studies; Folklore and Folklife; Music History and Criticism

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$260,000 (approved)
$260,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2018 – 11/30/2021


RQ-260874-18

University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Knoxville, TN 37996-0001)
Daniel Feller (Project Director: December 2017 to present)

The Papers of Andrew Jackson: A Documentary Edition

Preparation for publication of volumes 11, 12, and 13 of the papers of Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), seventh president of the United States. (36 months)

The Papers of Andrew Jackson is a project to collect and make available the entire extant literary record of the seventh president of the United States. Andrew Jackson was a pivotally important historical actor who remains today a fascinating and deeply polarizing figure. We have conducted an exhaustive worldwide search for documents and are now publishing them in a 17-volume hardbound edition and online in two formats, as open-access searchable volume pdfs and also with advanced integrative search features in the Rotunda Founding Era Collection. This grant will support publication of Volume XI and composition of Volume XII and Volume XIII. These volumes will present an authoritative record of three core years (1833-35) in Jackson's presidency, offering definitive annotated texts of documents on such issues as the Bank War, Indian removal, nullification, slavery and abolition, foreign affairs, and patronage and party-building, as well as on Jackson's highly controversial character.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Political History; U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$325,000 (approved)
$325,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2021


RQ-260877-18

University of Massachusetts, Boston (Boston, MA 02125-3300)
Benjamin Daniel Johnson (Project Director: December 2017 to present)

The Corpus Xolotl Project: Indigenous History and Performance in Aztec and Colonial Texcoco, Mexico

Preparation for digital and print publication of the Corpus Xolotl, a series of 16th-century Aztec manuscripts from Tetzcoco, Mexico that depict important developments in the rise of the Aztec empire. (36 months)

The Corpus Xolotl is a set of non-alphabetic texts from a Mexican oral culture (ca. 1200-1431 CE) prompting oral performances of stories of conflicting duties towards kin group and polity. Reflecting perspectives of rivalrous entities within regional polities, the Xolotl challenges Western notions of text, presenting novel challenges for criticism and translation. Although each oral performance was unique, the Xolotl contains hieroglyphs and notational systems that allowed detection of false oral interpretations. It served as historical narrative and instrument of statecraft and moral instruction. The Xolotl project consists of an international group of experts, and has already produced multispectral scans of the entire Corpus. Our main intervention consists in paper and digital editions that correct errors in early editions and make this rich and challenging Corpus accessible to both a broad humanist public, as well as to the modern heirs of the Xolotl’s authors in Mexico and the United States.

Project fields:
Latin American History; Latin American Studies; Native American Studies

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$298,685 (approved)
$298,685 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2021


RQ-260882-18

American Musicological Society (New York, NY 10012-1502)
Andrew Kuster (Project Director: December 2017 to present)

Music of the United States of America (MUSA)

Preparation for publication of five volumes in the series Music of the United States of America. (36 months)

Music of the United States of America (MUSA) is a series of scholarly editions of music that aims to represent the depth and diversity of our nation’s heritage by publishing musical works of exemplary artistic quality and historical significance, targeting scholars, performers, students, and the general public. MUSA seeks to expand the art of critical editing beyond classical concert music to include new genres and styles previously unaddressed by the discipline, including music created by women and minorities, and other composers historically excluded from academic research. MUSA is a project of the American Musicological Society (AMS), the premier organization in the United States devoted to musical scholarship, and is guided by its Committee on the Publication of American Music (COPAM), which serves as MUSA’s editorial board. Each MUSA edition is exhaustively researched by expert Volume Editors and typically is newly engraved by the award-winning music publisher A-R Editions.

Project fields:
Music History and Criticism

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$251,000 (approved)
$245,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2021


RQ-260886-18

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Holly C. Shulman (Project Director: December 2017 to present)

A Born-Digital Documentary Edition of the Letters of Dolley Payne Todd Madison

Preparation for digital publication of the papers of Dolley Madison (1786-1849), wife of the fourth president, James Madison. (24 months)

The Dolley Madison Digital Edition (DMDE) is a born-digital publication of the complete corpus of Dolley Payne Todd Madison (1768-1849). As the wife of America’s fourth president, James Madison, Dolley Madison was the first and most significant First Lady of the 19th century, carving out a paradigm that resonates even today. This proposal seeks two years of funding to publish Volume XIII (Undated Documents), from July of 2019 through June of 2021. This trove of undated material, some 400 documents, spans Dolley Madison’s lifetime and will fill in myriad cracks in her corpus. The new materials slated for publication in the proposed volume will add depth and perspective for individuals researching gender and women’s studies, society, economics, slavery, and politics in the Early Republic and the Jacksonian Era.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$195,670 (approved)
$195,670 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2020


RQ-260744-18

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Andrew Wade Jewell (Project Director: December 2017 to present)

The Complete Letters of American Writer Willa Cather

Work on the final stage of an online, open access edition of the complete correspondence of American novelist Willa Cather (1873-1947). (36 months)

We propose to edit American author Willa Cather’s complete correspondence for digital publication on the free and open-access Willa Cather Archive (cather.unl.edu). Thanks to previous NEH support, we are well on our way to completing the first stage of this edition. We are now asking for support to complete the edition so the remaining 1,500 letters--dispersed in over 70 repositories and full of tremendous detail about Cather's life, work, and relationships--can be included. This digital edition will feature texts transcribed and marked up in TEI P5 conformant XML, high-quality digital images of original documents, full multimedia annotations, and innovative search and browsing features including automatically-generated indices of names, titles, and geographic locations. The whole edition will be strengthened by its integration into the Willa Cather Archive, indisputably the central online resource for scholarly study of the author.

Project fields:
American Literature; U.S. History; Women's History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$278,000 (approved)
$278,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2021


RQ-260746-18

Ramapo College of New Jersey (Mahwah, NJ 07430-1623)
Cathy Moran Hajo (Project Director: December 2017 to present)

Jane Addams Papers Project

Preparation for publication of an online digital edition and print publication of volume 4 of the papers of social reformer and political activist Jane Addams (1860-1935). (24 months)

The Jane Addams Papers Project at Ramapo College of New Jersey’s Salameno School of Humanities and Global Studies publishes documents covering the years 1901-1935 in two formats. The first, a freely available digital edition, publishes images, transcriptions, and metadata for all correspondence and writings between 1901-1935. The second is the Selected Papers of Jane Addams, which provides transcribed and annotated versions of about 3% of the most historically significant texts. The digital edition is drawn from a digitization of an existing microfilm and the proceeds of an updated archival search. Another aim of the project is to serve as a lab for undergraduate students to gain practical experience in historical research, writing, public history, and digital humanities.

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Project fields:
Public History; U.S. History; Women's History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$261,725 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2020


RQ-260760-18

Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-9800)
Aaron Glass (Project Director: December 2017 to present)
Judith E. Berman (Co Project Director: December 2017 to present)

Transcription and Translation of Franz Boas's Kwakwaka'wakw Field Notes for a Critical Edition of His 1897 Monograph

Preparation of print and digital translation-editions of anthropologist Franz Boas’s field notes on the Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) North American peoples. (12 months)

This Scholarly Editions and Translations grant will support transcription, translation, and interpretation of a large portion of Franz Boas's Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl) field notes as a key part of a critical edition of Boas's 1897 monograph, The Social Organization and the Secret Societies of the Kwakiutl Indians. Boas recorded most of his field notes in an idiosyncratic German shorthand that we have recently deciphered for the first time. The project will address the field data that Boas incorporated into the book, as well as his later efforts to correct and revise it. A primary goal is to determine how much of a ground-breaking "eye-witness" narrative of ceremony actually developed out of Boas's field notes, and how much was drafted by Boas's Indigenous collaborator, George Hunt. The project will allow an unprecedented examination of Boas's fieldwork methods, primary access to the original sources of his data, and a new analysis of the role of this seminal book in Boas’s larger vision for anthropology and the human sciences.

Project fields:
Cultural Anthropology; Native American Studies

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$132,340 (approved)
$132,340 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2019


RQ-260806-18

University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94704-5940)
Robert H. Hirst (Project Director: December 2017 to present)

Mark Twain Project

Preparation for print and digital publication of three volumes of works by Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad, San Francisco Writings, and Pudd’nhead Wilson; Volume 7 of his letters; and completion of necessary upgrades to the search engine and image database of the Mark Twain Project Online (MTPO). (24 months)

The proposed grant will enable the Mark Twain Project, during 2018–2020, to publish (in print and on Mark Twain Project Online (MTPO) three scholarly editions: The Innocents Abroad; San Francisco Correspondence, 1865–1866; and Mark Twain’s Letters, Volume 7: 1876–1877. We will also begin and complete editorial work on a scholarly edition of Pudd’nhead Wilson, for submission to press by the period’s end. Other additions to MTPO will include publication of five years of Mark Twain’s letter texts (written 1883–87), and digitization of five of the Project’s earlier-published editions of literary works. In the same period the Project will also upgrade MTPO’s user interface, and commence improvements to make its data set more usable and available.

Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$700,000 (approved)
$700,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2020


RQ-260888-18

Princeton University (Princeton, NJ 08540-5228)
James P. McClure (Project Director: December 2017 to present)

The Papers of Thomas Jefferson

Preparation for publication of volumes 45 through 50 of the multi-volume edition of the Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) presidential papers. (12 months)

The Papers of Thomas Jefferson editorial project at Princeton University is preparing a comprehensive and authoritative scholarly edition of correspondence and other documents of Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826). The project, which includes papers that Jefferson received as well as those he wrote, has produced 43 substantial volumes since 1950, and the edition is now also accessible online. With a skilled team of seven editors, an editorial associate, and a part-time research associate in place, the Jefferson Papers is now moving into a final major phase, to complete the editing of documents from the period of Jefferson’s presidency of the United States. The goal is to complete preparation of the last volume (projected to be Volume 61) by 2034. Having been the productive recipient of NEH grants from 1992 to 2010, and then voluntarily stepping aside from Endowment support, we now seek to renew our relationship with the NEH to move this exemplar of historical scholarship toward completion.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$125,000 (approved)
$125,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2019


RQ-260920-18

University of Oregon (Eugene, OR 97403-5219)
Michelle Jacob (Project Director: December 2017 to present)
Joana Worth Jansen (Co Project Director: January 2018 to present)

Anaku Iwacha (The Way It Was): A New Edition of Yakama Legends and Stories

Preparation for print and ebook publication of a scholarly translation and edition of 46  historical narratives and legends of the Yakama Tribal communities. (12 months)

Our project contributes to Indigenous traditional ecological knowledge and environmental humanities. The original text of Anakú Iwachá is a collection of stories Yakama Tribal Elders recorded in their Indigenous Ichishkíin language, translated into English and published in 1974, as an educational resource for students on the Yakama Reservation and surrounding areas in the Pacific Northwest. The text is out of print and inaccessible; our project addresses this problem and enriches the text with essays, annotations, and additional content. We will also add a map, Indigenous language education resources, and photos of key sites described in the stories. The project is of great value to scholars, Tribal communities, and a broad audience interested in philosophies of human/non-human relationships described in the stories. Yakama stories are thousands of years old and provide a model of place-based knowledge to inform the field of environmental humanities.

Project fields:
Native American Studies

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$88,500 (approved)
$88,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2019


RQ-260955-18

University of Chicago (Chicago, IL 60637-5418)
Garrett Kiely (Project Director: December 2017 to present)

The Works of Giuseppe Verdi

Preparation for publication of two volumes of the complete works of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), and editorial work on seven additional volumes. (12 months)

The Works of Giuseppe Verdi makes available to scholars and performers reliable (critical) editions of the complete works of a major historical figure. The scores are both faithful to the primary sources and suitable for performance. Systematic and detailed graphic differentiation makes clear the precise contents of sources, yet the editors furnish viable score readings that encourage performers to make informed musical choices. The scores have become the standard from which the works of Verdi are performed and recorded; the detailed (often revised) histories of the works furnish greater context through which to understand the place of these works in the broader cultural context. The project upholds a new level of probity in today’s core operatic repertory, a group of works that have previously suffered neglect with regard to accurate textual transmission.

Project fields:
Music History and Criticism; Theater History and Criticism

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$65,000 (approved)
$65,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2019


RQ-255568-17

Gordon Anthony Wilson
University of North Carolina, Asheville (Asheville, NC 28804-3251)

A Critical Edition of Henry of Ghent's Quaestiones ordinariae, art. 56-59

Preparation for print and online publication of 13th-century philosopher Henry of Ghent’s Questiones ordinariae (Summa), articles 56-59. (36 months)

The critical edition of the works of Henry of Ghent, the most important philosopher in the last quarter of the 13th century, is a project coordinated by Leuven University in Belgium. This edition fits into the large scheme of historical research in which the humanistic and intellectual roots of our institutions, ideas, and values, many of which have medieval origins, are developing. Forty-five volumes are anticipated in the series: twenty-two are in print and others are in preparation by a multinational team. This proposal is for three years for G. Wilson, G. Etzkorn, and B. Goehring to research one volume, Quaestiones ordinariae (Summa), articles. 56-59. The end product will be a printed volume in the Henry of Ghent series and the Latin text will be placed on the Henry of Ghent Opera omnia web site https://philosophy.unca.edu/henry-ghent-series. Because Leuven University is committed to printing volumes in the series and the series is self-supporting, publication is assured in advance.

Project fields:
History of Philosophy

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$275,000 (approved)
$275,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 12/31/2020


RQ-255611-17

Rutgers University, New Brunswick (New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8559)
Paul B. Israel (Project Director: December 2016 to present)

Papers of Thomas A. Edison

Preparation for publication of volumes 9 and 10 of the selected papers of inventor Thomas Edison (1847-1931), covering the period 1888-1892. (36 months)

The Papers of Thomas A. Edison is a fifteen-volume scholarly edition that will contain 5,500 transcribed and annotated documents from Edison's lengthy career. This application seeks funding to complete Volume 9: Competing Interests (1888-1889) and begin the editing of Volume 10: Always Something New (1890-April 1892). These volumes cover an important period in Edison's advancement of industrial research management and in his work with recorded sound, motion pictures, electric railways and ore milling. It is also a period of famous business rivalries that determined the future of electrification in the United States, and of Edison's profound influence on America's technological imagination. These volumes will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

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Project fields:
History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine; U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$525,000 (approved)
$525,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2020


RQ-255638-17

Lafayette College (Easton, PA 18042-7625)
Suzanne R. Westfall (Project Director: December 2016 to present)

Records of Early English Drama: Publication of Regional Collections in a New Digital Platform

Editing and preparation for digital publication of the Records of Early English Drama volumes for Berkshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire, and Yorkshire North Riding collections. (36 months)

Lafayette College seeks funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to: 1) bring to born-digital publication two new collections of medieval and Renaissance dramatic records for the southern region of England: the counties of Berkshire, edited by Alexandra F. Johnston, and Hampshire, edited by Peter Greenfield and the late Jane Cowling; and 2) to prepare the Wiltshire collection, edited by Rosalind C. Hays and C.E. McGee for publication, with additional editorial work to be done for the Yorkshire North Riding collection, edited by David N. Klausner. These projects further demonstrate our commitment to editing collections produced as dynamic born-digital publications for open access online, a format that REED has been moving towards in deliberate steps during the past decade. With the recent digital pilot publication of the Staffordshire collection, edited by J.A.B. Somerset, this landmark goal will have been achieved by the proposed new grant period.

Project fields:
British Literature; Renaissance History; Theater History and Criticism

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$125,000 (approved)
$125,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2018


RQ-255662-17

University of Oregon (Eugene, OR 97403-5219)
Stephen James Shoemaker (Project Director: December 2016 to present)
Sean William Anthony (Co Project Director: February 2017 to present)

A Critical Translation of The Capture of Jerusalem by the Persians in 614

Preparation of a print and e-book annotated translation from Old Georgian and Arabic of The Capture of Jerusalem by the Persians in 614, a 7th-century account of the Persian invasion of the city. (27 months)

We will produce a collaborative translation of The Capture of Jerusalem by the Persians in 614, the single most important source for understanding the critical events of the Persian invasion and occupation of the Roman Near East at the beginning of the seventh century. These events transpired on the eve of the Islamic conquests and thus are pivotal for understanding the rise of Islam and its impact on the world of late antiquity. A translation of this text is essential for understanding the role of these events in the transitions of religion and empire at the end of antiquity. Although written originally in Greek, the text survives only in Old Georgian and Arabic translations. It has never been translated into a modern language other than Russian, and that translation is based on a now outdated edition. This project will be a collaborative translation between two scholars of late antiquity, one with expertise in Old Georgian and the other a specialist on Classical Arabic.

Project fields:
Near and Middle Eastern History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$220,000 (approved)
$220,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 12/31/2019


RQ-255713-17

University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA 90095-9000)
Olga T. Yokoyama (Project Director: December 2016 to present)

A New Translation of Russian Intellectual I.P. Pavlov's Work on Psychology and the History of Science

Preparation for publication of an English translation of 67 essays by the Russian psychologist Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936). (33 months)

The proposal is to produce a definitive English translation of I.P.Pavlov's most important contribution to psychology and philosophy of science, last published in 1951 as volume III of Pavlov's complete works, with the addition of Pavlov's last, unpublished paper on the same topic written in 1936.

Project fields:
Philosophy of Science

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$174,314 (approved)
$174,314 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2018 – 12/31/2020


RQ-255714-17

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
William M. Ferraro (Project Director: December 2016 to October 2018)
Jennifer Steenshorne (Project Director: October 2018 to July 2019)
Jennifer Stertzer (Project Director: July 2019 to present)

Papers of George Washington

Preparation for publication of volumes 20 and 21 of the Presidential series and volumes 26-32 of the Revolutionary War series of the papers of George Washington (1732-1799). (24 months)

The Papers of George Washington is a historical documentary editing project that is engaged in publishing a modern comprehensive edition of George Washington's public and private papers. The significance of The Papers of George Washington project rests initially on the profound importance of Washington's correspondence. This edition provides unique insight into Washington's activities as commander in chief of the Continental army, president of the Constitutional Convention, and first president of the republic.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$420,000 (approved)
$420,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2019


RQ-255718-17

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
John C. A. Stagg (Project Director: December 2016 to present)

The Papers of James Madison

Preparation for publication of five volumes (Secretary of State vol. 12, Presidential vols. 10 and 11, and Retirement vols. 4 and 5) of the papers of James Madison (1751-1836), president, secretary of state, and drafter of the Constitution. (24 months)

The Papers of James Madison is a documentary project devoted to annotating and editing the complete papers of "The Father of the Constitution." This project seeks to complete its publication of his papers for the years 1806-09, 1816-17, and 1826-36.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$341,000 (approved)
$341,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2019


RQ-255721-17

Massachusetts Historical Society (Boston, MA 02215-3631)
Sara Martin (Project Director: December 2016 to present)

Adams Papers Editorial Project

Preparation for publication of volumes 19, 20, and 21 of the papers of John Adams (1735-1826) and volumes 14 and 15 of the Adams Family's correspondence. (36 months)

The Adams Papers Editorial Project is a comprehensive documentary edition of the diaries, letters, official records, public writings, and literary miscellanies contained in the Adams Family Papers manuscript collection at the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, supplemented by Adams documents in other collections and archives. The project focuses on three generations of Adamses: John Adams, Abigail Adams, John Quincy Adams, Charles Francis Adams, and their families.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$550,000 (approved)
$527,548 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2020


RQ-255616-17

Indiana University, Bloomington (Bloomington, IN 47405-7000)
Rega Wood (Project Director: December 2016 to present)

Richard Rufus Project

Preparation for print and online publication of 13th-century philosopher Richard Rufus’ In Aristotelis De Anima, Scriptum in Metaphysicam Aristotelis, and Oxford Lectures. (36 months)

Richard Rufus introduced the teaching of Aristotle's metaphysics & natural philosophy at Paris, the heart of the 13th-century western intellectual world. Rufus analyzed & challenged Aristotle's arguments, and thereby influenced the great Scholastic philosophers who followed him. We see his influence in Roger Bacon's arguments against Aristotle and for a beginning of the world, in Albertus Magnus' discussion of universals, in Aquinas' rejection of the ontological argument, and in Duns Scotus' formal distinction and his theory of individuation.  After they were lost for 600 years, the British Academy (BA) published Rufus' Physics lectures in 2003. In 2006, the Richard Rufus Project (RRP) began publishing critical editions online, starting with Rufus' psychology lectures. In 2011, RRP resumed publishing with the BA. In 2016 RRP submitted Rufus' psychology lectures to the BA. In 2017-20 RRP will submit its 2 volume edition of Rufus Metaphysics lectures to BA and begin work on his Oxford Lectures.

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Project fields:
History of Philosophy; Medieval History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$330,000 (approved)
$330,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2020


RQ-255669-17

University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, VA 22401-5300)
Daniel F. Preston (Project Director: December 2016 to present)

The Papers of James Monroe

Preparation for publication of volumes 7 and 8 of the papers of James Monroe (1758-1831), fifth President of the United States. (36 months)

The Papers of James Monroe is a documentary editing project sponsored by the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The project is charged with compiling and publishing a ten-volume set of historical documents chronicling the life of James Monroe (1758-1831), the fifth president of the United States (1817-1825). Since the project’s inception in 1990 it has published a two-volume catalogue of Monroe’s papers as well as volumes one to five of the ten-volume set (published by ABC-Clio), with volume six slated for publication in the April 2017. The entire set is scheduled for completion in 2027. Project staff will work on volumes seven and eight during the proposed grant period.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2020


RQ-255691-17

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 http://vetustamonumenta.org. 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.

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

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$285,508 (approved)
$285,508 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2020


RQ-255779-17

Andrew Ollett
Unaffiliated Independent Scholar

The Way of the Poet-King: An Edition and Translation of the Earliest Surviving Work of Classical Kannada Literature

Project director Andrew Ollett and co-project director Sarah Pierce Taylor are preparing a print and digital edition and translation of the Way of the Poet-King, a seminal literary treatise from 9th-century India written in the regional language Kannada. (12 months)

The earliest text to survive in Kannada, one of India's classical languages, is The Way of the Poet-King, a treatise on poetics in three chapters produced at the court of the powerful king Amoghavarsha (r. 814-878). The Way is conscious of its historical position: it provides a detailed vision of Kannada as a literary language, based largely upon the model of Sanskrit, but with its own distinctive features. It theorizes Kannada as a "regional language," and demonstrates how to apply to it the concepts and techniques of Sanskrit literature. We will offer the first English translation of the Way, and a new critical edition based on its manuscript sources. This project will lay a new foundation for the study of vernacular literature in India by making one of the most powerful statements of vernacularity available to readers outside of the small world of Kannada scholarship. It will also give the fields of literary and cultural studies important material for comparative research.

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Project fields:
Classical Languages; South Asian Literature; South Asian Studies

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$84,922 (approved)
$84,922 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 1/31/2019


RQ-255793-17

University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Zita Cristina Nunes (Project Director: December 2016 to present)

Digital Translation and Portuguese/English Edition of the Correio de Africa [Africa Mail] Newspaper, 1921-1924

Translation and preparation for publication of an open access bilingual edition of Correio de Africa [The Africa Mail], a newspaper published in Portugal from 1921-1924. (36 months)

This project provides access to primary materials through an open access digital bilingual edition of the Correio de Africa, a newspaper published in Lisbon between 1921-1924, supplemented by a full scholarly apparatus. It will make several contributions to humanities scholarship: 1. its comparative and multilingual approach has potential to generate new perspectives on colonialism, imperialism, literary and cultural history, politics, labor, migration, race and racism, linguistics, journalism, photography, advertising, women's activism, and transnationalism; 2. in light of the paper's extensive treatment of these topics, it provides a fuller view of the extent and quality of activism on the part of Africans and people of African descent in Portugal, Africa, and African Diaspora; 3. it offers an important corrective to accounts that date Pan-Africanism in Africa to the post-World War II period or that neglect its relationship to Europe and Asia; 4. it extends recent work on Black Europe.

Project fields:
African History; African Studies; Languages, Other

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$261,000 (approved)
$261,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2017 – 11/30/2020


RQ-255816-17

University of Wisconsin, Madison (Madison, WI 53715-1218)
John Kaminski (Project Director: December 2016 to present)

The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution and the Adoption of the Bill of Rights

Preparation for publication of three volumes of documents concerning the ratification of the United States Constitution in New Hampshire, Vermont, and North Carolina. (12 months)

Thousands of libraries, historical societies, government offices, private collections and all newspapers, books, pamphlets, and broadsides of the period 1787 to 1791 have been searched for documents relating to the adoption of the Constitution of 1787 and the drafting and adoption of the Bill of Rights. These documents are arranged and edited for publication in book form. All documents in the volumes and all supplemental documents not included in the volumes are placed online with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries’ Digital Collection (26 volumes to date). Twenty-eight volumes of an anticipated thirty-one volumes have been published. During this grant cycle the volume containing Vermont and Congress’ Implementation of the Constitution will be published. Much of the editorial work will also be completed on the two volumes of North Carolina’s ratification that will complete the State Series. The first of six Bill of Rights volumes should also be published.

Project fields:
American Government; Political History; U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$205,000 (approved)
$205,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2018


RQ-255696-17

East Carolina University (Greenville, NC 27858-5235)
Jeffrey Stephens Johnson (Project Director: December 2016 to present)

Completing the Final Phase of the Donne Variorum: The "Songs and Sonets" and the "Divine Poems"

Completion of the final three volumes of the Variorum Edition of the poems by17th-century British writer John Donne (1572-1631). (36 months)

This application requests support to enable completion of the final three volumes of The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne (vol. 4, pts. 2 & 3; and vol. 7, pt. 2), which combines a newly edited critical text with a comprehensive digest of critical and scholarly commentary on Donne’s poetry. Support is requested for the textual work only, but the commentary is described as necessary to present an accurate picture of the complete enterprise.

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Project fields:
Literature, Other

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$225,805 (approved)
$225,805 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2020


RQ-255697-17

Philip Kelley
Unaffiliated Independent Scholar

The Brownings' Correspondence: Volumes 28-30

Project director Philip Kelley and co-project director Edward Hagan are editing and preparing for print and digital publication Volumes 28-30 of the letters of prominent English writers Robert Browning (1812-1889) and Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861). (36 months)

The letters of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, scattered in 383 public and private collections, represent one of the largest and most comprehensive bodies of literary and social commentary on the nineteenth century. The aim of The Brownings' Correspondence, projected to be 40 volumes, is to publish the complete text of all the poets' letters with full annotations, thus making them accessible to a modern audience. This application requests three-year funding to edit volumes 28-30, October 1860-December 1864. During this time, correspondents discuss various political, social, and cultural topics and personalities, including Italian unification, the U.S Civil War, art, music, literature, religion, Tennyson, George Eliot, and Garibaldi. The primary focus, however, is EBB's death and its effect on her husband and son. RB publishes his wife's Last Poems and his own Dramatis Personae; the latter marks a turning point in his popularity.

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Participating institutions:
Unaffiliated Independent Scholar () - Participating Institution

Project fields:
British Literature

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$315,000 (approved)
$290,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2018 – 3/31/2021


RQ-255700-17

CUNY Research Foundation, Graduate School and University Center (New York, NY 10016-4309)
Romina Padro (Project Director: December 2016 to present)
Eduardo Alejandro Barrio (Co Project Director: February 2017 to present)

An Edition of Seminars on the Theory of Truth by American Philosopher Saul Kripke

Saul Kripke is a towering figure in contemporary philosophy, widely held to be one of the greatest living philosophers and logicians. This project, if funded, will bring to publication a series of previously unpublished seminars on the theory of truth, which develop ideas first sketched in his legendary paper “Outline of a Theory of Truth” (1975).

Project fields:
Logic

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$65,912 (approved)
$65,912 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 12/31/2019


RQ-255701-17

Kentucky Historical Society (Frankfort, KY 40601-1931)
Patrick Lewis (Project Director: December 2016 to present)

Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition

Preparation for digital publication of the papers of the governors of Kentucky during the Civil War. (36 months)

The Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition (CWGK) is a freely accessible online collection of historical documents associated with the chief executives of the state--three Union and two provisional Confederate. Yet CWGK is about far more than the five governors. The project works through the office of the governor to preserve the diverse and largely unknown lives of tens of thousands of Kentuckians, opening new windows onto the compelling, important, and overlooked narratives.

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Project fields:
Public History; U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2020


RQ-255751-17

University of South Carolina, Columbia (Columbia, SC 29208-0001)
Constance B. Schulz (Project Director: December 2016 to present)

The Revolutionary Era Pinckney Statesmen of South Carolina, A Digital Documentary Edition: Phase 3

Preparation for digital publication of the personal and public papers of three South Carolina statesmen: Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (1746-1825), Thomas Pinckney (1750-1828), and Charles Pinckney (1757-1824). (36 months)

This “born-digital” edition will focus on three Pinckney men who participated as military, political, diplomatic, and economic leaders in South Carolina and the nation during and after the American Revolution: brothers Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (1746 – 1825 ), Thomas Pinckney (1750 – 1828), and their cousin Charles Pinckney (1757- 1824). The edition, to be published by the University of Virginia Press, will identify, collect, transcribe, verify, annotate and publish in a selective digital scholarly edition transcriptions, not digital facsimiles, of approximately 3,000 documents of the three men's personal and public papers created between 1750 and 1828. We request funding for three years of the third phase of a projected eight-year project, to be completed by 2021. The project will be housed within the History Department of the University of South Carolina. It will use a DocTracker/FileMaker Pro data base system to manage the editorial process and prepare content for digital publication.

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Project fields:
Political History; U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$340,000 (approved)
$319,200 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2020


RQ-255703-17

Aquinas Institute, Inc. (Green Bay, WI 54302-5259)
Beth Mortensen (Project Director: December 2016 to present)

Translation of Books II and III of Thomas Aquinas’s Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard

Translation into English of Books II and III of the Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard by theologian Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274). (36 months).

While Aquinas’s best-known work, the Summa Theologiae, has existed in English for decades, his first major work, the Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard has been translated only in small portions. The Sentences of Peter Lombard was the standard theological text from the twelfth through the fifteenth century, and producing a commentary on it was the equivalent of a doctoral dissertation, for it qualified the commentator to teach at the university level. Accordingly, all of Aquinas's contemporaries, from Albert the Great to William of Ockham to John Duns Scotus, produced their own commentaries on the Sentences, none of which have appeared in English to date. This project proposes to translate and annotate the second and third books of Thomas Aquinas's Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard into English.

Project fields:
Medieval Studies

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$275,000 (approved)
$275,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2020


RQ-255711-17

American Musicological Society (New York, NY 10012-1502)
Amy Beal (Project Director: December 2016 to present)

MUSA: Music of the United States of America

Editorial work on four volumes in the series Music of the United States of America. (12 months)

Applying the principles of critical editing to a variety of American idioms, including jazz, psalmody, popular song, nineteenth- and twentieth-century symphonic and chamber music, art song, Native American ceremony, and the Broadway show, MUSA (Music of the United States of America) is devoted to expanding the legacy of American music available for study and performance. MUSA is publishing a 40-volume series of scholarly editions of American music. In addition to musical notation, each volume includes a substantial essay and a critical editorial apparatus. By bringing notated music and scholarly interpretation together in the same volume, each MUSA volume seeks to place the sounds of music making in the United States within the context of the nation's cultural life. Founded in 1988, MUSA is a collaborative venture administered by the American Musicological Society through its Committee on the Publication of American Music (COPAM) and is published by A-R, Editions.

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Project fields:
Music History and Criticism

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2019


RQ-255726-17

Washington and Lee University (Lexington, VA 24450-2116)
Rebecca R. Benefiel (Project Director: December 2016 to present)
Holly M. Sypniewski (Co Project Director: January 2017 to present)

The Ancient Graffiti Project: An Open-Access Critical Edition of First-Century Pompeian Wall Inscriptions

Preparation of an open-access digital critical edition and translation of 800 first-century CE graffiti (texts and pictographs) from the theater district and the gymnasium area in the ancient city of Pompeii, Italy. (18 months)

The Ancient Graffiti Project (AGP) is an open-access, digital, scholarly edition of the first-century handwritten inscriptions from Pompeii and Herculaneum, with up to date bibliography, rich contextual information, and translations. These personal messages, conveying the thoughts and interests of the town’s inhabitants, are as varied as the people who wrote them; they provide crucial insights into changes taking place in the Latin language, the dynamics of Roman culture and society, and functioning levels of literacy among the general population. They are also fragile, exposed to the elements in an open-air environment, and are crumbling and disappearing each year. Now is the time to obtain reliable readings, fully document and record all traces, and produce a comprehensive, critical edition of these texts, before they disintegrate further and are lost.

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Project fields:
Classical Languages; Classics

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$149,583 (approved)
$149,583 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 10/31/2019