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RQ-271126-20

Ramapo College of New Jersey (Mahwah, NJ 07430-1623)
Cathy Moran Hajo (Project Director: November 2019 to present)
The Jane Addams Papers Project

Preparation of an open access digital edition of social reformer Jane Addams's writings and correspondence from 1901-1935 and completing research on Volume 4 of the Selected Papers of Jane Addams. (24 months)

The Jane Addams Papers Project is publishing a free digital edition of writings and correspondence from 1901-1935 and completing research on Volume 4 of the Selected Papers of Jane Addams.

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

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$219,331 (approved)
$203,963 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 9/30/2022


RQ-271128-20

University of North Carolina, Asheville (Asheville, NC 28804-3251)
Gordon Anthony Wilson (Project Director: November 2019 to present)
A Critical Edition of Henry of Ghent’s Quaestiones ordinariae (Summa), art. 63-67

Preparation for print and online publication of 13th-century philosopher Henry of Ghent’s Questiones ordinariae (Summa), articles 63-67. (12 months)

The critical edition of the works of Henry of Ghent, the most important medieval philosopher in the last quarter of the thirteenth 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-three are in print and others are in preparation by a multinational team. This proposal is for three years (2021-2023) for G. Wilson, G. Etzkorn, and B. Goehring to research one specific volume: Quaestiones ordinariae (Summa), art. 63-67. 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 web site https://philosophy.unca.edu/engage/henry-of-ghent/. Because Leuven University Press is committed to printing volumes in the series, publication is assured in advance.

Project fields:
History of Philosophy

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
1/1/2021 – 12/31/2021


RQ-271134-20

University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, VA 22401-5300)
Daniel F. Preston (Project Director: December 2019 to August 2020)
Robert Karachuk (Project Director: August 2020 to present)
Robert Karachuk (Co Project Director: December 2019 to August 2020)
The Papers of James Monroe

Preparation for publication of volumes 8 and 9 of the papers of James Monroe (1758-1831), fifth President of the United States. (24 months)

The Papers of James Monroe is a longstanding initiative to collect, transcribe, annotate, and publish ten letterpress volumes of selected correspondence and other public and private papers of the fifth president of the United States. The project is sponsored by the University of Mary Washington and funded primarily by the National Endowment for the Humanities. A Comprehensive Catalogue of the Correspondence and Papers of James Monroe was released in two volumes in 2000. The first volume of The Papers of James Monroe appeared in 2003. Subsequent volumes have followed at regular three-year intervals. The most recent, volume seven, will be out in early 2020. The proposed grant will be applied to the preparation of volumes eight and nine.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$200,000 (approved)
$180,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 9/30/2022


RQ-271137-20

University of South Carolina, Columbia (Columbia, SC 29208-0001)
Constance B. Schulz (Project Director: December 2019 to present)
The Revolutionary Era Pinckney Statesmen of South Carolina: A Digital Documentary Edition - Phase 4 - Final

Preparation for digital publication of volume 4 of the papers of three South Carolina statesmen: Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (1746-1825), Thomas Pinckney (1750-1828), and Charles Pinckney (1757-1824). (24 months)

We request two years of final funding to complete all editorial work for the 4-volume publication of a born-digital selective scholarly edition of the papers of the revolutionary era Pinckney statesmen—brothers Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (1746–1825) and Thomas Pinckney (1750–1828 , and their cousin Charles Pinckney (1757–1824)—to develop plans for the transfer of all digital materials created by staff during the editorial process to an appropriate research institution for long-term preservation and access; and to partner with a Pinckney-related national park and state park to develop interpretive strategies for civic engagement at their sites drawing on the edition.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 9/30/2022


RQ-271143-20

Indiana University, Bloomington (Bloomington, IN 47405-7000)
Rega Wood (Project Director: December 2019 to present)
Richard Rufus Project (RRP)

Preparation for print and online publication of a commentary on Aristotle’s metaphysics, redaction of Averroes’ Metaphysics, and the Oxford lectures of Richard Rufus of Cornwall, an early Scholastic philosopher-theologian (ca. 1200-1260). (36 months)

Richard Rufus introduced the teaching of Aristotle's Metaphysics and natural philosophy at Paris, the heart of the 13th-c. western intellectual world. At Oxford Rufus was the first bachelor to lecture on Lombard's Sentences. His very early lectures analyzed & challenged Aristotle's and Lombard's views. He thereby influenced the views of the great Scholastic philosophers who followed him, such as Roger Bacon's arguments for a beginning of the world, Albertus Magnus' discussion of universals, Aquinas' rejection of the ontological argument, and Duns Scotus' formal distinction and his theory of haecceity. After they were lost for 600 years, the British Academy (BA) began publishing our editions of Rufus' works, most recently his psychology lectures in 2018. In 2006, the Richard Rufus project (RRP) began publishing critical editions online. In 2020-23 RRP will submit vol. 2 of Rufus' Metaphysics lectures and vol. 1 of his Oxford lectures to the BA and publish online a newly discovered redaction of Averroes' Metaphysics in Latin. 

Project fields:
History of Philosophy; Medieval History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 9/30/2023


RQ-271155-20

University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Leslie S. Rowland (Project Director: December 2019 to present)
Freedmen and Southern Society Project

Preparation for publication of volumes 8 and 9 of Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867. (24 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; the eighth will be completed during the first year of the proposed grant; and the final volume will be the work of years 2 and 3 of the grant period. The editors have published four additional volumes for general audiences and use in the classroom. 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

Totals:
$350,000 (approved)
$350,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2021 – 6/30/2023


RQ-271184-20

Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD 21218-2625)
Elizabeth O'Brien (Project Director: December 2019 to present)
Altina Hoti (Co Project Director: December 2019 to present)
Translation and Critical Edition of Francesco Emanuele Cangiamila's Embriología Sacra

Preparation for publication of a translation and critical edition of Francesco Emanuele Cangiamila’s Embriología Sacra (1751). (24 months)

A group of six scholars proposes to produce the first English-language translation and critical edition of Embriologia Sacra (1751), authored by Jesuit priest and Inquisitor Francesco Emanuele Cangiamila. Sacred Embryology is one of the most important Enlightenment-era texts on fetal personhood in the Catholic world. It inspired more than a century of similar works, abridgements, and translations. These works were widely distributed, especially throughout Latin America. It also directly influenced the Catholic Church’s position on fetal ensoulment, as articulated in Pius IX’s 1869 Apostolicae Sedis. With this text, Cangiamila became one of the first theologians—and certainly the most vocal of his time—to insist that fetal ensoulment might occur as early as conception. We expect that the volume will attract readers and researchers from numerous fields, given the work’s significance to Roman Catholic theology, gendered scientific practice, and social and legal debates about unborn life.

Project fields:
History, Other

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$195,253 (approved)
$195,253 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 9/30/2022


RQ-271197-20

Lawrence University (Appleton, WI 54911-5798)
Constance Kassor (Project Director: December 2019 to present)
Ways of Knowing in Tibetan Philosophy: An Annotated English Translation of Gorampa Sonam Senge’s Synopsis of the Middle Way

Preparation for publication of an English translation of the 15th-century Tibetan philosophical text Synopsis of the Middle Way by Gorampa Sonam Senge (1429-89). (12 months)

We are completing the first English translation of the 15th-century Classical Tibetan text, "Synopsis of the Middle Way." This encyclopedic text was composed by the renowned Tibetan Buddhist scholar-monk Gorampa Sonam Senge, and presents not only his own views on a range of philosophical topics including metaphysics, logic, epistemology, and ethics, but also catalogs the positions of dozens of other Indian and Tibetan Buddhist philosophers. The primary concern of the Synopsis is the nature of knowledge: what does it mean to know, and what kinds of knowledge are the most important? Gorampa is well-known in Tibetan Buddhism and this text is his most extensive philosophical work. The translation of this text will benefit scholars of Buddhism, as well as those interested in the nature of knowledge more broadly. Work was previously supported by an NEH Summer Stipend. The complete translation will be submitted to Wisdom Publications for publication in September 2021.

Project fields:
Non Western Philosophy; Nonwestern Religion

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$99,972 (approved)
$99,972 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 9/30/2021


RQ-271199-20

Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8559)
Paul B. Israel (Project Director: December 2019 to present)
Edison Papers Digital Book Edition

Preparation for publication of volumes 10, 11, and 12 of the selected papers of inventor Thomas Edison (1847-1931), covering the years 1890-1905. (24 months)

This application will fund work on Always Something New: Volume 10 (January 1890 to June 1892). During the grant period we expect to complete the manuscript of this volume. During the period of this grant we also will be transforming our book edition from print to digital formats, exploring ways to make it more accessible to a non-scholarly public while maintaining the high standards of our scholarly edition, and looking at new ways to link together our digital book and image editions.

Project fields:
History of Science; U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$350,000 (approved)
$345,680 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 9/30/2022


RQ-271200-20

Rhodes College (Memphis, TN 38112-1624)
Clara Pascual-Argente (Project Director: December 2019 to present)
The Story of Apollonius of Tyre: An Edition and Translation of Two Medieval Iberian Texts

Preparation for publication of a critical edition and translation of two medieval Iberian texts: the 13th-century verse romance Libro de Apolonio (Book of Apollonius), and Vida e historia del rey Apolonio (Life and Story of King Apollonius), the latter printed in 1488 and illustrated with 35 German woodcuts. (12 months)

The late antique romance of Apollonius of Tyre is central to the pre-modern literary imagination. Fictional king Apollonius loses and gains lands, riches, and family members across the Mediterranean in a series of twists and turns that riveted medieval audiences in Latin and vernacular languages. We propose to edit and translate two extant versions in Spanish: the thirteenth-century Libro de Apolonio (Book of Apollonius), a masterpiece of medieval European romance little known beyond the confines of Iberian literary history, and the fifteenth-century Vida e historia del rey Apolonio (Life and Story of King Apollonius), in which the same story is reshaped in print for humanist tastes. As the importance of medieval Iberia to the formation of European and Mediterranean cultures becomes increasingly recognized, these versions remain particularly relevant to our understanding of medieval vernacular reception and transformation of ancient culture.

Project fields:
Medieval Studies; Spanish Literature

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$89,430 (approved)
$89,430 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2021 – 12/31/2021


RQ-271212-20

Abilene Christian University (Abilene, TX 79601-3761)
Larry C. Niccum (Project Director: December 2019 to present)
Stephen G. Delamarter (Co Project Director: December 2019 to present)
The Emerging Text: The Textual History of the Ethiopic Bible

Preparation for print publication of a textual history of the Ethiopic translations of eight books of the Hebrew Bible. (36 months)

An analysis of the diachronic development of the Ethiopic text of eight biblical books documented by full transcriptions of the best representative witnesses of each major stage in Ethiopia’s history of biblical transmission.

Project fields:
African Literature; Ancient Languages

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$299,880 (approved)
$299,880 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 9/30/2023


RQ-271213-20

University of Rochester (Rochester, NY 14627-0001)
Thomas G. Hahn (Project Director: December 2019 to present)
Middle English Text Series (METS)

Preparation for print and digital publication of six volumes of medieval literary texts (13th to 15th centuries) and implementation of an updated digital interface to enhance and expand user access. (36 months)

The Middle English Text Series (METS) is now in its 29th year of providing affordable and open-access critical editions of medieval texts for researchers and students. Ninety-five volumes have been published as of fall 2019. This proposal requests funding to support the print and digital publication of 6 volumes, and implementation of a re-designed digital edition to enhance and expand user access, support, and interaction. The primary purpose of METS is to make available for scholarly use critical editions of the textual tradition of medieval Britain. The focus of this project is upon vernacular texts from the 13th to the early-16th centuries that move beyond the ‘canonical’ authors, expanding our understanding of and access to the multilingual and multicultural culture of a vibrant and global British Isles. With its digital and print editions, the series has a global reach and influence, with users from the U.K., France, Italy, and Germany to China, Korea, India, and Australia.

Project fields:
Literature, General

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$299,763 (approved)
$299,763 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 9/30/2023


RQ-271230-20

SUNY Research Foundation, Albany (Albany, NY 12222-0001)
Louise M. Burkhart (Project Director: December 2019 to present)
Daniel O. Mosquera (Co Project Director: December 2019 to present)
Passion Plays of Eighteenth-Century Mexico: Nahuatl and Spanish Festival Performances Under the Eye of the Inquisition

Preparation for publication of a digital edition of 10 colonial Mexican Passion plays and contextualizing historical documents. (24 months)

Both Indigenous and Spanish-speaking residents of colonial Mexico put on performances of the Passion of Christ, creating locally-embodied enactments of this core Christian narrative. Always embroiled in disputes over religious authority and orthodoxy, these staged spectacles fell under stricter censure in the mid-eighteenth century, as church authorities added an Enlightenment-inspired disdain for emotive display to their distrust of popular, especially Indigenous, religion. Our digital publication project illuminates this facet of Mexican religious history by providing open access to four confiscated Spanish plays and related reports from an Inquisition investigation (1768–70), and to six Nahuatl-language plays from the same era. It hosts English translations and paleographic and standardized transcriptions. Essays on each play and on themes that cross-cut the corpus will orient users with respect to inter-connections and context, and suggest further research and student projects.

Project fields:
Cultural Anthropology; Latin American History; Latin American Literature

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$146,179 (approved)
$144,252 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 9/30/2022


RQ-271241-20

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI 53211-3153)
Tanya J. Tiffany (Project Director: December 2019 to present)
Laura Renee Bass (Co Project Director: December 2019 to present)
The Autobiography of a Seventeenth-Century Painter and Nun, Estefanía de la Encarnación

Preparation for publication of a bilingual scholarly edition and translation, from Spanish to English, of the only known autobiography written by a woman artist during the early modern period, Estefanía de la Encarnación (ca. 1597-1665). (21 months)

“The Autobiography of a Seventeenth-Century Painter and Nun, Estefanía de la Encarnación” brings together an art historian and a literary scholar to make available the first known autobiography by a woman artist—a text that has never been published. We are producing a complete bilingual (English and Spanish) critical edition of the autobiography for The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe, which publishes primary sources by and about women from the period. The Vida, as the text is known, has major significance for several interlocking domains of inquiry: art history, religious history, and gender studies. The author reveals the confluence and the conflict between her painting and her spiritual devotion, raising questions about the function and limits of religious imagery at the height of the Catholic Reformation. She also provides rare insight into the training of female painters and the social pressures they faced in an age when few women were deemed capable of artistic creation.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Spanish Literature

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$156,248 (approved)
$156,248 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 6/30/2022


RQ-271242-20

Regents of the University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94704-5940)
Robert H. Hirst (Project Director: December 2019 to present)
Mark Twain Project

Preparation for print and digital publication of four volumes of works by Mark Twain (1835-1910) and updates to the Mark Twain Project Online. (12 months)

This proposal would enable us to publish, in print and electronically at Mark Twain Project Online (MTPO), four major critical editions on which work is already in an advanced state: The Innocents Abroad, a classic of the American encounter with Europe and the Near East; a two-text edition of Pudd'nhead Wilson, the author's frankest engagement with racism and one of the most studied and read of his novels; San Francisco Correspondence, 1865-1866, collecting his surviving writing for the Virginia City (Nevada) Territorial Enterprise, provided with the annotation that alone can make this context-bound journalism understandable; and Mark Twain's Letters, Volume 7: 1876-1877. In addition the editors propose to publish two volumes (Innocents and Pudd'nhead), in the Mark Twain Library series, which brings the critically edited texts and notes to a wider reading audience. By the end of the grant period we will publish on MTPO edited texts of all of Mark Twain's letters from 1881 through 1887.

Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$175,000 (approved)
$175,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 9/30/2021


RQ-271248-20

Massachusetts Historical Society (Boston, MA 02215-3631)
Sara Martin (Project Director: December 2019 to present)
Adams Papers Editorial Project

Preparation for publication of volumes 20, 21, and 22 of the papers of John Adams (1735-1826) and volumes 15, 16, and 17 of the Adams Family's correspondence. (24 months)

The Adams Papers Editorial Project at the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) is the authoritative scholarly edition of the diaries, letters, official records, public writings, and literary miscellanies written by three generations of the Adams family of Massachusetts, including Abigail Adams, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Charles Francis Adams, and their families. Based on the Adams Family Papers collection at the MHS and supplemented by Adams manuscripts in other archives, this family record charts the changes that transformed American life between the American Revolution and the Civil War. Since 1956, the project has published 55 volumes, with 47 freely available online. Editors are focused on the founding generation’s efforts to establish the American union, a complex saga that will unfold in 20 more volumes by 2040. The Adams Papers has received the aid of the NEH continuously since 2003, and we seek further support to make this unparalleled resource accessible to all.

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

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$350,000 (approved)
$350,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 9/30/2022


RQ-271249-20

University of Arkansas, Little Rock (Little Rock, AR 72204-1000)
Angela Hunter (Project Director: December 2019 to present)
Rebecca May Wilkin (Co Project Director: December 2019 to present)
An Edition and Translation of Selections from Louise Dupin's Philosophical Treatise, "The Work on Women"

Preparation for publication of a print edition of Louise Dupin’s Work on Women (1745 – 1751). (16 months)

This project is an edition and translation of selections of Louise Dupin's Work on Women, a philosophical treatise written circa 1745–1751. The project will be published as a book with the “New Histories of Philosophy” series at Oxford University Press. The selections will serve as an orientation to Dupin’s total Work, concentrating its most important arguments. It will contain a robust introduction; a selection of over half of the Work on Women; four appendices, a bibliography, and an index. Our selection draws from the Work’s five main thematic sections on natural philosophy, religion, history, law, and education.

Project fields:
French Literature; History of Philosophy; Women's History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$133,333 (approved)
$133,333 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 12/31/2021


RQ-271255-20

University of Missouri, Columbia (Columbia, MO 65211-3020)
Noah Heringman (Project Director: December 2019 to present)
Crystal Belle-Lane Lake (Co Project Director: December 2019 to present)
Vetusta Monumenta: Ancient Monuments, A Digital Edition

Completion of an open access digital edition of Volume 3 of Vetusta Monumenta (Ancient Monuments), an 18th-century collection of engraved prints and essays published by the Society of Antiquaries of London from 1718 to 1906. (12 months)

This proposal seeks funding to support the completion and publication of a pioneering digital scholarly edition, a portion of which is already online at vetustamonumenta.org. Forty-four of the 169 prints that appeared before 1800 in the series Vetusta Monumenta remain to be completed. We are remediating these copperplate engravings, editing the original text that accompanied them, and making them accessible through scholarly commentary. This peer-reviewed scholarly edition has so far engaged more than 100 researchers in the task of reevaluating the history and significance of antiquarianism, the techniques and politics of preservation, and the visual and technical remediation of artifacts.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Intellectual History; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$99,085 (approved)
$99,085 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2021 – 12/31/2021


RQ-271286-20

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Jennifer Stertzer (Project Director: December 2019 to present)
The Papers of U.S. President George Washington (1732-1799)

Preparation for publication of volumes 30 through 38 of the Revolutionary War series of the papers of George Washington (1732-1799). (24 months)

The Papers of George Washington is a scholarly documentary editing project that edits, publishes, publicizes, and makes accessible a comprehensive edition of George Washington's public and private papers. This edition, available in both digital and print formats, has been divided into six series, five of which have been completed: the Diaries; the Colonial Series; the Confederation Series; the Presidential Series; and the Retirement Series. Project staff now focuses on completing by 2028 the Revolutionary War Series. The University of Virginia Press has published seventy-eight of a projected ninety-two print volumes. The Washington Papers also are accessible on the web. Since 2007, all of our volumes have appeared in UVA Press's Rotunda digital edition following publication of the print edition. In addition, Founders Online incorporates all of previously published volumes, along with "Early Access" transcriptions of our remaining unpublished material. http://gwpapers.virginia.edu

Project fields:
Military History; U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$334,000 (approved)
$256,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 9/30/2022


RQ-271299-20

Baylor University (Waco, TX 76798-7284)
Philip Kelley (Project Director: December 2019 to present)
Edward H. Hagan (Co Project Director: December 2019 to present)
The Brownings' Correspondence: Volumes 31-33

Preparation for publication of volumes 31, 32, and 33 of The Brownings’ Correspondence in print and online. (36 months)

The correspondence of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, comprising some 11,500 letters written over the years 1809–89, represent one of the most significant bodies of literary, social, and political commentary on the 19th century. The aim of The Brownings’ Correspondence is to present the complete text of all the poets’ letters with full annotations. This application requests funding to edit volumes 31-33, January 1865–May 1875. During this period, Robert Browning discusses a wide range of subjects, both private and public, including: his father’s death and the education of his son, Pen; the Austro-Prussian and Franco-Prussian wars; Italian unification; his masterwork, The Ring and the Book (1868–69); and contemporary art, music, and literature. With NEH support, 26 volumes of The Brownings’ Correspondence have been published. The 40th and final volume of this scholarly edition is expected in 2032. Volumes 1–26 are online at www.browningscorrespondence.com.

Project fields:
British Literature

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$299,776 (approved)
$299,776 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2021 – 6/30/2024


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.

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Project fields:
African Studies; Latin American Studies; Linguistics

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$283,150 (approved)
$283,150 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2022


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

Totals:
$118,406 (approved)
$118,406 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 12/31/2022


RQ-266072-19

Stanford University (Stanford, CA 94305-2004)
Clayborne Carson (Project Director: December 2018 to present)
The Papers of Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

Preparation for publication of Volume VIII (September 1962-December 1963) of the Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. (24 months)

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers Project’s principal mission is to publish the fourteen-volume annotated scholarly edition of King’s most historically significant correspondence, sermons, speeches, published writings, and other works. Since its founding in 1985, the King Papers Project, under the direction of Stanford professor Clayborne Carson, has published seven volumes of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. The edition, which is scheduled for completion in 2043, provides a unique window into the modern civil rights movement through King’s life. Thus far, The Papers has been cited in over five hundred historical monographs, scholarly articles, and children’s books, giving testimony to the Project’s wide-ranging impact on scholarship on King and the movements he inspired. Our website, https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/, founded in 1995, includes digital facsimiles, audio/visual recordings, and PDF and HTML versions of its first six volumes.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$250,000 (approved)
$250,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2021


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.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2022


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. Chesnutt (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

Totals:
$206,330 (approved)
$206,330 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2019 – 11/30/2022


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

Totals:
$132,266 (approved)
$132,266 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2020 – 12/31/2022


RQ-266138-19

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation (Springfield, IL 62701-1011)
Daniel Worthington (Project Director: December 2018 to present)
The Papers of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865)

Preparation for online publication of materials from the congressional service and political campaigns of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), 16th president of the United States. (36 months)

The Papers of Abraham Lincoln is a documentary editing project dedicated to identifying, imaging, transcribing, annotating, and publishing digitally all documents written by or to Abraham Lincoln during his lifetime (1809-1865). The project aspires to foster new and innovative scholarship on Abraham Lincoln, antebellum America, and the Civil War by replacing Roy P. Basler et al., eds., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, which encompassed 6,769 documents. The Papers of Abraham Lincoln will add an additional 99,566 documents to the Lincoln corpus. Richer, fully-cited annotations and the power of digital technology will offer scholars, students, and enthusiasts a fresh, new look at the words and works of one of America’s most admired public figures. The Papers of Abraham Lincoln Digital Library, the project’s digital product published in 2018, includes 5,203 documents from Lincoln’s early life to 1841.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$350,000 (approved)
$306,650 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2022


RQ-266163-19

New York University (New York, NY 10012-1019)
David Konstan (Project Director: December 2018 to present)
The Legends of Barbara and Katherine in the Greek Tradition (4th-10th Centuries)

Preparation for publication of an edition and translation of Greek narratives of the lives of Saint Barbara and Saint Katherine, from late antiquity and the early Middle Ages. (36 months)

Barbara and Katherine, two early Christian martyrs, were among the most popular saints of the Middle Ages. Celebrated in most European languages, from refined literature to folk songs and magic spells, stories about them became archetypal narratives that conditioned the perception of women in Europe and beyond from the 4th c. to today. From the earliest Greek versions till the year 1000, the narratives underwent significant changes in plot and literary form. But the early history of this intricate tradition has never been reconstructed and the ancient texts pertaining to the legends remain unpublished or poorly edited. This project will produce critical editions, with extensive historical and philological introductions and annotation, of nineteen late antique and medieval Greek versions of Barbara's and Katherine's stories. The recovery and cultural preservation of these narratives will contribute to the histories of gender, ritual, religious subjectivity, and premodern European literatures.

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Project fields:
Classics

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$249,466 (approved)
$249,466 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2022


RQ-266165-19

George Washington University (Washington, DC 20052-0001)
Christopher Brick (Project Director: December 2018 to present)
The Papers of Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

Preparation for print and digital publications of volumes Two through Five of the papers of Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) and continued work on a digital archive of her radio and television broadcasts. (36 months)

The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project seeks a three-year Scholarly Editions and Translations grant in the amount of $299,310 to complete post-production of Volume 3, prepare a manuscript of Volume 4, initiate document selection for Volume 5, publish electronic versions of Volumes 2 and 3, and make targeted investments to expand still further functionality of the ERP back-end database and front-end website.

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

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$299,310 (approved)
$246,605 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2022


RQ-266188-19

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Jennifer Steenshorne (Project Director: December 2018 to August 2019)
Jennifer Stertzer (Project Director: August 2019 to present)
The Papers of U.S. President George Washington (1732-1799)

Preparation of publication of volumes 20 and 21 of the Presidential series and volumes 28 through 33 of the Revolutionary War series of the papers of George Washington (1732-1799). (12 months)

The significance of the Washington Papers project rests initially on the profound importance of Washington's correspondence, the project's productivity record, nearness to completion, and important digital ventures (notably the Digital Edition and the Financial Papers project). These efforts, along with active engagement with scholars, teachers, and the general public, keep the Washington Papers at the forefront of both documentary editing and the digital humanities. Washington's personal letters to and from family and friends reveal his dedication to public service, but they also expose a human figure, learning from mistakes in business, war, and politics to become his country's foremost leader. These letters also document the actions and aspirations of enslaved people, free men and women, Native Americans, frontier inhabitants, farmers, scientists, and many others. The addition of the Washington Family Papers Series to the project only expands this context.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$230,000 (approved)
$160,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 3/31/2021


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

Totals (outright + matching):
$350,000 (approved)
$275,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2021


RQ-266198-19

Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA 16802-1503)
Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz (Project Director: December 2018 to present)
Alaka Atreya Chudal (Co Project Director: December 2018 to present)
The Secret Vow to the Goddess: A Translation of Nepal’s Svasthanivratakatha, A Premodern Tradition in the Twenty-First Century

Preparation for publication of an English translation of Svasthanivratakatha, the primary text for Nepali Hinduism. (24 months)

The Secret Vow to the Goddess presents the first published English translation of the Svasthanivratakatha (SVK), one of Nepal’s best-known and most-read and heard storytelling traditions. It originated in the sixteenth century as a short devotional text that tells the story of the Nepali goddess Svasthani. Today it is the primary religious sourcebook for Nepali Hindu myth, practice, and ideology. The text continues to be recited annually still today “in every Hindu household in Nepal” over the course of a month. Its stories serve as a shared cultural vocabulary among Nepal’s Hindu majority. A scholarly, accessible English translation of the SVK, which is currently available only in Nepali languages, will be important for students and scholars of Hinduism, Nepal, and Sanskrit and South Asian vernacular languages and literatures, as well as Hindu goddesses and mythology, print culture, women and gender studies, and ritual and comparative religious studies more broadly.

Project fields:
Nonwestern Religion; South Asian Studies

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$179,125 (approved)
$177,203 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2020 – 12/31/2021


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

Totals:
$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

Totals:
$109,605 (approved)
$109,605 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 12/31/2021


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

Totals:
$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

Totals:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2020 – 2/28/2023


RQ-266249-19

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382)
Jessica Getman (Project Director: December 2018 to August 2020)
Andrew S. Kohler (Project Director: August 2020 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

Totals (outright + matching):
$337,393 (approved)
$260,410 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2022