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Date range: 2011-2013
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Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, TN 37132-0001)
Dale Cockrell (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51264-13
American Vernacular Music Manuscripts, ca. 1730-1910

The cataloging and digitization of 230 American vernacular music manuscripts dating from 1730 to 1910.

This is a collaborative project between the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University and the American Antiquarian Society to digitize, catalog, and provide web-based public access to their American vernacular music manuscripts collections, dated ca. 1730-1910. We will: take conservation measures where necessary; digitize all materials to archival standards; develop a bibliographic description of each manuscript; catalog the materials in MARC format record structure that includes content (song-level) inventories; build the "American Vernacular Music Manuscripts" website, which will direct users to appropriate page images stored on Internet Archive; develop a system for long-term/redundant storage of all digital files; launch the resulting website onto the Internet; and advertise its public access. We will also establish vernacular music manuscript cataloging guidelines and create a cataloging manual that other repositories may employ.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $127,956 (approved); $127,956 (awarded)
Grant period: 9/1/2013 – 11/30/2015

Des Moines Art Center (Des Moines, IA 50312-2099)
Rose Wood (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51270-13
Sculpture Conservation Project

Conservation treatment of up to 11 sculptures in the collection of the Des Moines Art Center. Works are by artists Scott Burton, Alexander Calder, John Chamberlain, Carl Milles, Henry Moore, Bruce Nauman, Claes Oldenberg, George Segal, David Smith, Robert Smithson, and Frank Stella.

The Sculpture Conservation Project involves the conservation of 11 sculptural artworks of varying ages, sizes, mediums, and artistic genres. Proactive measures have been taken to develop the best strategies for a Long Range Preservation Plan for the organization, of which this project is a KEY component. Treatment of these works involves the preservation of artwork that contributes to the cultural record - works that in many cases are considered the most important in an artist's oeuvre. The works are part of a long, rich history, one that defines not only the time and place of its creation, but also the history of the our permanent collections. The sculptures are viewed, researched, and appreciated by hundreds of thousands of individuals each year. Without the necessary conservation of the sculptures the public, worldwide, is at risk for losing access to each work. Without proper treatment the sculptures will progress beyond repair.

Project fields: Art History and Criticism
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $80,000 (approved); $80,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 12/31/2015

Sanskrit Library (Providence, RI 02906-4629)
Peter Scharf (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51273-13
Cataloging, Digitizing, and Integrating the Houghton Library's Indic Manuscript Collection

Cataloging of up to 1,700 Sanskrit manuscripts in the Houghton Library at Harvard University for future digitization and integration into a digital library of Sanskrit. Ultimately, about 75,000 manuscript pages would be made searchable together with Sanskrit-English lexica and other linguistic tools developed for analysis of machine-readable texts.

The proposed project aims to enhance access to primary cultural heritage materials of India housed in American libraries by integrating them with digital texts, lexical resources, and linguistic software in a digital library of Sanskrit, one of the world's richest culture-bearing languages. Integrating primary cultural materials with the Sanskrit Library will enable broad use of Indic collections for research and education. The project catalogs all the Sanskrit manuscripts in the Houghton Library at Harvard University as the first phase of a larger project to catalogue, digitize and integrate them with corresponding digital texts in the Sanskrit Library. The result serves as a model for collections of Indic materials throughout the U.S. and the world, and for digitization projects of cultural materials in other major culture-bearing languages such as Greek, Latin, Arabic, Persian, and Chinese.

Project fields: Asian Languages
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $195,000 (approved); $195,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 8/1/2013 – 7/31/2016

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI 48109)
Rebecca Welzenbach (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51275-13
Early English Books Online-Text Creation Partnership EEBO-TCP Collections: Navigations

The transcription and textual encoding of nearly 2,000 early English works (1473-1700) for an open access collection on travel-related literature. The collection would also become part of the larger text-encoded collection produced by the Text Creation Partnership in collaboration with Early English Books Online.

Early English Books Online (EEBO) is a commercial product that provides digital facsimiles of more than 125,000 early English books. The Text Creation Partnership (TCP) is a non-profit, library-based effort to produce the corresponding electronic text. The great virtue of EEBO is that it provides a single point of access to rare books housed in libraries around the world. The contribution of the TCP is to transcribe these books into accurate electronic text, that is, to produce a fully searchable digital version of every unique English-language work represented in EEBO, leveraging the EEBO pageimage resource into an invaluable text corpus of around 70,000 works.

Project fields: Library Science
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $275,000 (approved); $275,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 10/31/2015

Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY 13244-0001)
Sean Quimby (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - 08/20/2014); K. Matthew Dames (Project Director, 08/21/2014 - 08/13/2015); David Seaman (Project Director, 08/13/2015 - present)
PW-51278-13
Marcel Breuer Digital Archive, 1953-1981

The second phase of digitization of and creation of access to the papers of architect and designer Marcel Breuer (1902-1981), focusing on the second half of his career, and enhanced functionality of the current online resource.

The Marcel Breuer Digital Archive, 1953-1981, will digitally unite source materials from the second half of Breuer's career, during which Breuer's services were sought by powerful business, governmental and religious institutions. These source materials (70,000 items in total) will join those relating to Breuer's early life, which have already been digitized as part of an NEH-funded grant received by Syracuse University Library's Special Collections Research Center in 2009 and made accessible through the website, http://breuer.syr.edu. Syracuse University will enhance the functionality of the existing site through the creation of a "lightbox" feature that will allow users to save images that they intend to use for further research or for teaching purposes. A digital humanities pilot project, Mapping Marcel Breuer, will create a geospatial mapping tool that will help users visualize Breuer's professional networks and the locations of his buildings.

Project fields: Architecture
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $280,000 (approved); $280,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 6/1/2013 – 12/31/2015

Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, CA 91103-1999)
Robert Dirig (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51281-13
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American Innovation: Preserving and Providing Access to 80 Years of Industrial Design History

A planning and pilot project to establish protocols and practices for digitization and preservation of 100,000 photographs, 2,000 films and videos, and 500 linear feet of print materials documenting industrial design education.

From washing machines to computers, and sports cars to space capsules, America's infatuation with invention has fueled industrial design. Design history helps us understand American culture in a whole new way. By engaging an interdisciplinary team of diverse experts, Art Center College of Design proposes to advance historical knowledge of American culture through an archival preservation and access management pilot project. As the country's leading school of industrial design, Art Center archives include photos, films, and print material documenting American innovation over an 80-year period. New policies and procedures will be tested for digitization and public access, while immediately preserving assets at greatest risk for deterioration. The pilot project will build Art Center Archives' organizational capacity to ensure that the history of American innovation and imagination can be told for years to come.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $40,000 (approved); $40,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 4/30/2014

Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, OR 97520-2749)
Maria DeWeerdt (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51283-13
Digitizing and Creating Access to the Audiovisual Collection in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Archives

The cataloging and digitization of 3,098 items in an audiovisual collection that documents the performance history of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), among the oldest and largest professional regional repertory theater companies in the United States. The materials will be cataloged and digitized along with a six-volume, 900-page descriptive finding aid for the audio collection.

Digitization of 3,098 deteriorating films, audiotapes and videos that comprise a comprehensive record of Shakespeare and theatrical performance by a single U.S. theater company. The digitized recordings and a descriptive finding aid will be freely accessible on-line. The collection documents the eight-decade history of one of the oldest and largest repertory theaters in the country and holds essential insights into the origin of the Shakespearean festival tradition in the United States and its impact in individual American communities and on a national level.

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Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $200,000 (approved); $200,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 4/30/2016

University of Kentucky Research Foundation (Lexington, KY 40506)
Mary Molinaro (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - 06/15/2014); Deirdre Scaggs (Project Director, 06/16/2014 - present)
PW-51288-13
Coal, Camps, and Railroads: Digitizing Primary Sources on Appalachian Economic Development

The digitization of ten manuscript collections, comprising 132 linear feet, pertaining to the history of the coal and oil industries in the Eastern Kentucky Appalachian region.

The University of Kentucky Libraries seeks funding to digitize and make available 132 cubic feet, an expected 264,000 pages, of a nationally significant body of historical evidence. The selected portions of the Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection focus on 189 years of critical economic development in the Eastern Kentucky coalfields from 1788 to 1976. The ten individual collections document the search for, extraction, and distribution of coal, oil, and natural gas resources in Appalachia. The records follow the creation of the railroads that brought these raw materials to industrial manufacturers and electrical power generators across the United States. The ten selected collections provide evidence of the company towns, their services, and the individual lives that grew up to sustain and make possible this economic development and struggle.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $139,596 (approved); $139,596 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 4/30/2016

Georgia State University Research Foundation, Inc. (Atlanta, GA 30302-3999)
Joseph Hurley (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51290-13
Planning Atlanta: A New City in the Making, 1930s - 1990s

Creation of a digital collection related to the development of Atlanta during the 20th century. It would be comprised of 1,550 georeferenced city planning maps, 235 city planning publications, 300 photographs, 12 new oral histories, and a demographic dataset for 1955 to 2000.

Georgia State University Library proposes to create a new digital collection, Planning Atlanta: A New City in the Making, 1930s - 1990s, which will consist of 1550 digitized and georeferenced city planning maps, 235 digitized city planning publications, 300 digitized photographs, 12 new oral histories, and a digitized dataset of annual Atlanta demographic data from 1955 to 2000.

Project fields: Library Science
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $210,000 (approved); $210,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 8/31/2015

University of Florida Libraries (Gainesville, FL 32611-0001)
Matthew Loving (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - 07/16/2014); Laurie Taylor (Project Director, 07/17/2014 - present)
PW-51301-13
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French Pamphlet Planning Project: An International Collaboration for Improvement of Collection Access

A 12-month planning project that will engage multiple partnering institutions -- including the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Brigham Young University, Brown University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, the Newberry Library, and others -- to conduct an initial analysis of pamphlet collections published during the French Revolution era (1780-1810). The systematic identification and organization of corresponding data sources, item descriptions and online collection content would improve the overall discoverability of all pamphlet collections and contribute to the preliminary planning of a French Pamphlet Digital Portal.

The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida request $39,246 to support assessment, and planning activities that will leverage expertise from a mix of professional domains. In partnership with the Libraries, the following French Pamphlet Planning Project partners agree to work together towards collaborative data collection, analysis and the establishment of standards, workflows and project goals: the Center for Research Libraries, institutional members of the Collaborative Initiative for French Language Collections, University of Michigan, Brigham Young University, Stanford, Yale, Johns Hopkins University, University of Alabama, University of Kansas, the Newberry and the National Library of France. Partners agree the proposed 12-month (May 2013 – April 2014) planning project will yield important collection access outcomes.

Project fields: European History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $39,246 (approved); $39,178 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 4/30/2015

California State University, Northridge, University Corporation (Northridge, CA 91330-8316)
Kent Kirkton (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51305-13
A Digital Archive of the African American Photography Collection of the Institute for Arts & Media

Processing of 551,000 photographs and creation of a digital archive of 19,820 selected images from collections of three prominent photojournalists in the African American Photography Collection.

This project will create a digital archive of 19,820 images from the African American Photography Collection of the Institute for Arts & Media at California State University, Northridge, between May 1, 2013 and April 30, 2016. The collection documents the social, cultural, and political aspects of African American life in post-war Los Angeles and Southern California and in doing so illuminates nationally significant themes such as racial segregation and discrimination, the civil rights movement, African American entertainment and cultural leaders, and major political and cultural events. The project will focus on the work of prominent photojournalists Harry Adams, Charles Williams, and Guy Crowder, whose collections together total 551,000 images. The digital archive will expand access to and use of these images, furthering NEH efforts to bridge cultures within our society.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $290,000 (approved); $290,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 9/1/2013 – 9/30/2016

Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System (Madison, WI 53715)
Amanda Seligman (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51309-13
The Encyclopedia of Milwaukee

Production of the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee, in print and digital form.

The project constitutes the middle phase of the production of The Encyclopedia of Milwaukee, to be published in online and print formats in 2017. The print volume will be organized as a traditional, one-volume, A-Z encyclopedia to be published by Northern Illinois University Press. The digital version, to be hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will include the contents of the print volume, along with two other components powered by the digital format, which we call the "Underbook" and the "Overbook." The NEH project period consists of two distinct but interrelated activities: 1) developing the intellectual content of the encyclopedia, approximately 320 original entries and other content, thereby aggregating and synthesizing existing knowledge about Milwaukee and its region; and 2) creating a digital platform to acquire, preserve, and disseminate that intellectual content, in digital and print text, audio, and video form.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $250,000 (approved); $249,997 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2013 – 8/31/2016

Society of Architectural Historians (NFP) (Chicago, IL 60610-2144)
Gabrielle Esperdy (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51312-13
SAH Archipedia

The continuation and expansion of "Archipedia," an online state-by-state resource on architectural history, by commissioning writing teams to document representative buildings from states not yet added to this resource, preparing essays on landscape and settlement/urban settings, and incorporating materials from existing and new print volumes of "Buildings of the United States."

The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) seeks funding to complete SAH Archipedia, an online encyclopedia of American architecture, which was created with a $262,881 start up grant from NEH Preservation and Access in 2010. On October 1, 2012 SAH will launch the online encyclopedia in two versions: (1) SAH Archipedia, a subscription resource containing 11,000 illustrated and mapped building histories from 12 print books in the award-winning Buildings of the United States (BUS) series; and (2) SAH Archipedia Classic Buildings, an open-access encyclopedia featuring 100 of the most representative buildings from those 12 states. SAH wants to complete SAH Archipedia and requests funding to hire 37 teams of architectural historians to write histories of the 100 most significant buildings, landscapes and historic settlements/urban settings in each of the states not yet included in SAH Archipedia. In addition, SAH requests funding to add legacy material from 8 print BUS volumes.

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Project fields: Architecture
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $300,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2013 – 6/30/2016

University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94720-1501)
Niek Veldhuis (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51319-13
Reading the Signs: Digital Editions of Ancient Cuneiform Sign Lists

Digitization and enhanced access to sign lists compiled by Mesopotamian scribes and scholars, which document the cuneiform writing system. Editions with translations of about 1,500 texts dating from 2,500 BC to AD 100 would be made freely accessible online with links to images of the cuneiform tablets, indexes, bibliographic data, and glossaries.

"Reading the Signs" will provide comprehensive digital access to an important corpus of ancient cuneiform sign lists (dating between 2,500 BCE and 100 CE), yielding essential evidence for the correct reading of cuneiform signs and for the understanding of intellectual culture and its development in Ancient Mesopotamia. Sign lists are clay tablets (often school texts) which document for each sign that was in use in the cuneiform writing system the proper reading (pronunciation) as well as the meaning of the words that could be represented by that sign. Editions with translations of this corpus of about 1,500 texts will be made freely accessible under the Creative Commons Share-Alike license 3.0 through the NEH-funded Digital Corpus of Cuneiform Lexical Texts, itself a partner in the open-source open-access ORACC (Open Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus) consortium. The editions will be provided with links to images of the cuneiform tablets, indexes, bibliographical data and glossaries.

Project fields: Ancient Languages
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $194,152 (approved); $194,152 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2013 – 6/30/2016

American Museum of Natural History (New York, NY 10024-5193)
David Kohn (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51320-13
Foundations of Darwin's Science: A Digital Manuscripts Collection

The digitization of 30,000 scientific manuscripts and letters produced and received by Charles Darwin for access via the Darwin Manuscripts Project and Darwin Correspondence Project websites as well as the Cambridge Digital Library.

Foundations of Darwin's Science will fund a digital manuscript collection comprising 30,000 of the most important Darwin scientific manuscripts extant. The project will create high-resolution digital images of these manuscripts that will then be disseminated by the Darwin Manuscripts Project at the American Museum of Natural History.

Project fields: History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $210,000 (approved); $209,994 (awarded)
Grant period: 6/1/2013 – 5/31/2016

University of Wisconsin, Madison (Madison, WI 53706-1314)
Matthew Edney (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51325-13
History of Cartography Project

Continued development of the multi-volume reference work "The History of Cartography" with particular attention to Volume Four on the "European Enlightenment, 1650-1800," Volume Five on "The Nineteenth Century," and Volume Six on the "Twentieth Century."

The award-winning History of Cartography is the only comprehensive and reliable reference work that studies the people, cultures, and societies that have produced and consumed maps from prehistoric times to the present. It provides intellectual access to the complex world of maps for scholars, teachers, students, librarians, and the informed general public. It thus promotes and sustains the culturally sophisticated interpretation of maps as evidentiary source materials. Thoroughly researched by its editors and international contributors, its content is rigorously checked by an experienced editorial team. In addition to publishing in print, as befits a definitive source of information, the University of Chicago Press is producing an online edition to maximize access.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $320,000 (approved); $320,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2013 – 6/30/2015

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Inc. (Boston, MA 02116-2813)
Janet Spitz (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51334-13
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Planning a Central Cartographic Web Portal for the Revolutionary War Era, 1750-1800

A planning project to establish protocols and agreements for creating digital access to 3,000 cartographic images, held by multiple institutions, that document the Revolutionary War era (1750-1800).

The Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library is developing a Central Cartographic Web Portal, focusing on the American Revolutionary War Era. This curated database will provide broad access to primary source documents that will include a judicious selection of the best and most informative printed and manuscript maps from approximately ten collections in the U.S. and Europe. The materials will focus on military mapping; 18th century American maritime charts; and urban mapping. The theme of the American Revolutionary War Era will serve as a pilot and model for additional themes in future years. Two advisory teams, one composed of curators and humanities experts, the other of technical expertise for cataloging and data management, will advise and create protocols for all aspects of the project. The site will improve access to vastly expanded resources through technology; advancing the scholarly, educational and cultural enrichment missions of all participating institutions.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $40,000 (approved); $40,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 3/31/2015

Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, MD 21201-5185)
Kate Blanch (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51338-13
Access to Art in Encyclopedic Context

Planning for the creation of access to the museum's curatorial files, representing approximately 262 linear feet of correspondence, photograph albums of exhibit installations, an object index catalog, and bibliographic references for an encyclopedic collection of 35,000 works of art that were collected from the mid-19th century through the present and range from ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance works to decorative arts and modern European painting.

The Walters Art Museum requests $40,000 to arrange and describe content of the curatorial files, compile records stored across disparate locations, assess records for value to the humanities, prioritize materials for digitization, and create an online finding aid to inform the public of the information available. The content of these curatorial records pertains to the artworks in the Walters' world-renowned collection and reveals the origins, experiences, and journeys of the treasures in our collection.

Project fields: Museum Studies or Historical Preservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $39,720 (approved); $39,720 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 5/31/2015

Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR 97205)
Donald Urquhart (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51339-13
Northwest Art Initiative, Phase II

Cataloging and digitization of 7,750 works of Northwest regional art, including textiles, baskets, masks, photography, paintings, prints, and drawings.

The Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon requests a grant in the amount of $171,765 over two years from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support Phase II of the Museum's Northwest Art Initiative (NWAI). The NWAI seeks to further establish Northwest art as a recognized art historical tradition by digitizing and sharing the Museum's vast collection of works created by artists working in the American Northwest. In Phase II, the Museum will digitally capture and disseminate more than 7,750 works from its permanent collection, offering national and international exposure for Northwest artists and allowing their works to be studied in an art historical context. The NWAI builds on the Museum's ongoing commitment to sustainability and access. The complete, 3-year project (Phases I & II) will successfully digitize and share nearly 30% of the Museum's permanent collection online while increasing its discoverability through enhanced metadata and inclusion in federated resources.

Project fields: Museum Studies or Historical Preservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $171,765 (approved); $171,765 (awarded)
Grant period: 6/1/2013 – 5/31/2016

Howard University (Washington, DC 20059)
Seth Kronemer (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51343-13
The J. Clay Smith, Jr., Papers Project

The arrangement, description, and selected digitization of the papers of jurist and educator J. Clay Smith, Jr., pertaining to 20th-century civil rights history and African Americans in the legal profession.

J. Clay Smith has had a distinguished career as a military judge, a commissioner for the EEOC, a professor and dean at the Howard University School of Law, and as the preeminent historian of African Americans in the field of law. He has donated more than 200 cubic feet of papers--documenting both his career and his extensive historical research--to the University. The purpose of the grant is to speed the processing of these papers and make them available to the general public for research. Should the grant be awarded to the University, the funds will go to paying the salary of project archivist, archives technicians, and a internet consultant, who will be hired to solely process the papers using current archival practices, and scan a significant portion of the papers to make them available to researchers via the internet.

Project fields: African American Studies
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $90,000 (approved); $90,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2013 – 4/30/2016

University of Chicago (Chicago, IL 60637-5418)
Matthew Stolper (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51344-13
The Persepolis Fortification Archive Project

Cataloging and digitizing ca. 2,000 administrative documents dating around 500 B.C. from Persepolis, the chief imperial residence of the Achaemenid kings in the homeland of the ancient Persian Empire.

Since 2006, the Persepolis Fortification Archive Project has conducted an emergency program to record tens of thousands of clay tablets and fragments with texts in several languages and with the impressions of thousands of seals, a unique archive from the heart of the Achaemenid Persian empire at its zenith, about 500 BC. Access to these tablets in danger because of a lawsuit against the government of Iran; the digital images, catalogs, text editions, and drawings that the Project compiles and distributes online will preserve the archive's contents for scholars and the public in perpetuity.

Project fields: Ancient Languages
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $280,000 (approved); $280,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 4/30/2016

University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
Jo Hackett (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51346-13
Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon

Development of an electronic Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic lexicon, based on a print dictionary published in 1907. The project would update entries, incorporating the past century's textual discovery and scholarship.

The project we propose under this grant involves the updating, expanding and making accessible of one of the primary English language resources for the study of the Hebrew Bible and its world. This project, the electronic Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon, is based on the most widely-used and reliable dictionary for the study of Biblical Hebrew, the Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament of Francis Brown, S.R. Driver, and C.A. Briggs, which is now over one hundred years old. A century of discoveries and new analyses is missing from this essential reference, and yet nothing of comparable utility or reliability has appeared to replace it or fill in these gaps. Our project to update this dictionary and make it accessible as a freely-available online resource, with a print-on-demand option that is in wide use here at UT, is ready to move ahead, and with support from NEH, can become a reality in just a few years.

Project fields: Ancient Languages
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $280,000 (approved); $280,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 8/1/2013 – 7/31/2016

Colorado Humanities (Greenwood Village, CO 80218-2391)
William Wei (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51354-13
Colorado Encyclopedia

The first production phase for the online Colorado Encyclopedia, providing authoritative information on the state's history and culture.

The Colorado Encyclopedia is designed for students, researchers, educators and others as an online, interactive, one-stop source of dependable, professionally informed entries and essays about Colorado. Written to connect humanities scholars to primary sources digitized by Colorado's various cultural heritage institutions and using easy and accessible, state-of-the-art technology for optimum public engagement, the Encyclopedia employs interactive features for content and comments, and educational features aligned with multi-tiered and grade-specific Colorado Academic Standards. Colorado Humanities, Colorado State University and University Press of Colorado will combine efforts to produce the authoritative resource. The Encyclopedia board of directors and staff will work with the Colorado State University Extension Program and many other educational institutions to develop content. A dozen advisory boards will also contribute editorial, educational, technical and community expertise.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $250,000 (approved); $250,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2013 – 6/30/2016

Arhoolie Foundation (El Cerrito, CA 94530-3123)
Tom Diamant (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51361-13
Digitizing the Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings

The digital preservation of 24,000 Mexican and Mexican-American recordings of traditional and vernacular music from the Discos Ideal label, dated from 1940 to 1990, issued on 2,400 33-1/3 rpm LP vinyl records and 200 reel-to-reel master tapes; partnering with the Digital Library at the University of California, Los Angeles, the recordings would be mounted on a searchable, bilingual website.

The Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Records is the world's largest gathering of Mexican vernacular music, constituting the most sweeping sound-recorded document of greater Mexican culture. To date, the Arhoolie Foundation, owner of the collection, has successfully completed the digital preservation of some 17,000 78-rpm records (34,000 individual recordings) and 20,000 45-rpm discs (40,000 individual recordings)and 9000 individual recordings on rare cassettes; in partnership with the UCLA Digital Library, we have created scholarly and public access through a searchable bilingual website. This proposal seeks to continue our work and support the transfer of an additional 24,000 recordings carried on approximately 2,400 33-1/3 rpm LPs and 200 one-of-a-kind reel-to-reel master tapes from the Discos Ideal label, and delivery to the University of California Digital Library where they will be made available online to scholars and to the general public.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $204,320 (approved); $204,320 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 4/30/2016

Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA 70808-4600)
Tara Laver (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51368-13
Free People of Color in Louisiana: Revealing an Unknown Past

A collaborative effort to digitize approximately 25,000 pages of historical documents relating to free people of color in Louisiana and the lower Mississippi Valley, including family papers, business records, and public documents.

People of African descent who lived in colonial and antebellum America and were born free or escaped the bonds of slavery made significant contributions to the economies and cultures of the communities in which they lived. Their anomalous status made them one of the most talked about “problems” of the first half of the nineteenth century, yet their story has been largely overshadowed by the more inhumane story of slavery. We propose to digitize and, via the LOUISiana Digital Library, provide free public access to a minimum of 25,000 digital scans drawn from family papers, business records, and public documents pertaining to free people of color in Louisiana and the lower Mississippi Valley. The project will bring together collections held by the Louisiana State Museum, Louisiana State University Libraries, the New Orleans Public Library, The Historic New Orleans Collection, and Tulane University’s Louisiana Research Center.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $194,152 (approved); $193,176 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 4/30/2015

Barnum Museum (Bridgeport, CT 06604-4912)
Adrienne Saint Pierre (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51397-13
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Planning for "The Greatest Digitization Project on Earth" with the P. T. Barnum Collections of The Barnum Museum Foundation

Collaborative planning to improve access to two complementary collections of historical documents and artifacts at several cultural institutions relating to 19th-century American icon P.T. Barnum (1810-1891).

The Barnum Museum Foundation, Inc. requests a grant of $40,000 that will enable The Barnum Museum and Bridgeport Public Library to work with a team of consultants to create a comprehensive plan for digitization and global access to important humanities collections. The year-long project is designed to result in the ???road map??? critical to implementing a well-managed digitization project that can fully realize its objectives for preservation and access. The project will improve intellectual control of the two institutions??? related P. T. Barnum collections, and incorporate a range of activities that utilize the knowledge, experience and expertise of the team members. The project will lead to a plan for broad access to these significant humanities resources and create digital content that would be placed in an aggregate digital resource repository with a curated platform.

Project fields: History, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $34,213 (approved); $33,175 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 6/30/2014

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (Fayetteville, AR 72701)
Jesse Casana (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51419-13
The CORONA Atlas Project: Correction and distribution of declassified satellite imagery for archaeological research.

The second phase of a project to create a digital archaeological atlas of Old World archaeological sites with an emphasis on central and eastern China, southeastern Europe, central Asia, the Indus Valley, and the African Sahel, based on 3,000 CORONA satellite images, augmenting images of the Near East that were the focus of the first phase of the project.

This project seeks funding to expand an online database of declassified, Cold War-era CORONA satellite imagery, collected as part of the world's first intelligence satellite imaging program from 1960-1972. These unique images, made publicly available in 1996, have proven to be a critical resource in archaeology, primarily because they preserve a picture of sites and landscapes that predates recent agricultural, industrial and urban development. Such land use changes have often resulted in archaeological features being obscured or destroyed, and CORONA is therefore a truly unique resource, enabling archaeologists to reconstruct and virtually explore lost landscapes. Research in the Near East, where CORONA has been most extensively utilized, shows its potential as a tool for the discovery and mapping of archaeological sites, the documentation of associated roads, canals and field systems, and the reconstruction of ancient landscapes.

Project fields: Archaeology
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $275,000 (approved); $275,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 6/1/2013 – 6/30/2016

University of South Carolina Research Foundation (Columbia, SC 29208-0001)
Heather Heckman (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51427-13
Fox Movietone News Digitization Project, Phase I

Digitizing approximately 14,000 newsreels from the Fox Movietone News Collection from 1919 to 1934, and making these recordings freely available on the Web.

This grant to University of South Carolina (USC) Libraries Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) will fund Phase One of the two-part Fox Movietone Digitization Project. Phase One is a two-year project that aims to vastly increase access to the Fox Movietone News Collection, by making approximately 15,000 of the estimated 23,000 total titles in the collection available as streaming videos on the free web with robust descriptive metadata. It also aims to test the preservation functions of the MIRC-DVR, via ingest of high resolution digital surrogates for 1,000 titles in the Fox Movietone Collection.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $230,000 (approved); $229,997 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 5/31/2016

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588)
Adrian Wisnicki (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51436-13
The Livingstone Online Enrichment and Access Project (LEAP)

The digitization and transcription of 3,500 manuscript pages written by David Livingstone, pertaining to his exploration of Africa, for inclusion in the Livingstone Online Web site, along with the development of tools and services to enhance use by scholars and educators.

The Livingstone Online Enrichment and Access Project (LEAP) will support updating, integrating, and providing access to Livingstone Online (http://www.livingstoneonline.ucl.ac.uk/) and its digital image and transcription collections in order to secure the site's long-term sustainability as a unified, open-access resource for scholars and the general public. . Our site -- a well established, transatlantic, digital archive initiative -- seeks to provide worldwide access to the writings of Dr. David Livingstone (1813-73), the Scottish abolitionist, missionary, and explorer of Africa.

Project fields: British Literature
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $275,000 (approved); $275,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 9/1/2013 – 8/31/2016

University of Nebraska, Omaha (Omaha, NE 68182-0001)
Thomas Gouttierre (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51452-13
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Metadata Construction and Digitizing Maps of Afghanistan and Pakistan

A Foundations project to plan the cataloging and digitization of a collection of ca. 12,000 maps and ancillary materials on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Metadata Construction and Digitizing Maps of Afghanistan and Pakistan project will enable collation, digitization, cataloguing, library indexing, analysis, storage, and eventual selective publication of all relevant and unique mapped and written materials on Afghanistan and Pakistan to make them available to the public worldwide and to preserve them for posterity. The original maps and digital surrogates will be housed and maintained in the Arthur Paul Collection in the University of Nebraska at Omaha Criss Library and financially sustained by the Center for Afghanistan Studies after the grant period is over. The long-term benefits to research, education, and public programming in the humanities provided by this project is a valuable and one-of-a-kind source of unique data on a country that hosted America's longest war.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $39,684 (approved); $39,684 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 6/30/2014

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL 61801-3644)
Mara Wade (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51454-13
Emblematica Online II

The digitization and indexing of 100 books containing approximately 8,000 emblems from the early modern period (1531-1750) along with the metadata enrichment of 244 additional emblem books, all of which would be combined in the online portal Emblematica Online.

The early modern emblem (1531-1750), a bimedial genre and a vehicle of cultural expression in the Renaissance, conveyed complex ideas in a compact and compelling format. The study of emblems informs multiple academic disciplines. Early modern printed emblem books are geographically widely spread. This proposal will create an Emblematica Online virtual collection to provide Renaissance scholars with integrated, multi-granular access to a large representative corpus of digital surrogates for emblem resources that are otherwise only available at geographically dispersed locations. The virtual collection will expand the digitized emblem literary corpus, index it, and make it available through a single point of access. It will also enrich their cataloging and indexing. To achieve digital archiving and preservation, additional workflows for capturing content and metadata will be developed and community agreements will be extended to encompass the interoperability.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $280,000 (approved); $280,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 6/1/2013 – 11/30/2015

Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL 60603-6488)
Matthew Witkovsky (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51465-13
Cataloging, Conservation, and Online Publication at the Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Photography

Enhanced cataloging for a collection of 20,000 photographs that span the history of American and European photography from the 19th to the 21st century, rehousing and conservation of approximately 3,300 of them, and creation of access to highlights of the collection through a series of online exhibits and catalogs.

The Art Institute of Chicago is seeking three years of funding at the level of $350,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities-Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program, to support a comprehensive transformation in presenting the museum's sixty-year-old Photography collection to the public-one that will fundamentally reconceive uses of this vast and stellar collection by online visitors, students and educators, and museum-goers. The basis for this far-reaching reorientation in audience engagement will be an overhaul in web publishing, storage, and conservation for the more than 20,000 photographic objects acquired since the 1940s.

Project fields: Art History and Criticism
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $280,000 (approved); $280,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 4/30/2016

University of Wisconsin, Madison (Madison, WI 53706-1314)
Joan Hall (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - 07/01/2015); George Goebel (Project Director, 07/01/2015 - present)
PW-51472-13
New Fieldwork for DARE

Development of a Web-based survey instrument and methodology to conduct new fieldwork on American regional English. The survey would include large parts of the original questionnaire used for compiling the "Dictionary of American Regional English" (DARE) plus questions designed to reflect changes since the 1960s. The results of a pilot survey for Wisconsin would be used to adjust the methodology before undertaking nationwide fieldwork.

Publication of Volume V of DARE was a huge milestone, but not the end of the work, for American English has changed greatly in the last 50 years. DARE proposes to initiate new fieldwork, from July 2013 to June 2015, to track those changes. Using Wisconsin as a pilot, the project will develop a web-based survey to gather the data. Based on the results, adjustments will be made to the methodology before a nationwide survey is attempted. The research will include large parts of the original Questionnaire plus questions designed to reflect societal changes since the 1960s. The original 22 DARE communities and 18 new ones, representing the current state population, will be surveyed. The web based survey will be designed by the UW Survey Center. It will also include a telephone interview with free conversation, the reading of a story, and a word list designed to elicit pronunciation variants. DARE will analyze the data and make changes to the methodology before initiating a nationwide study.

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Project fields: Linguistics
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $330,000 (approved); $330,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2013 – 6/30/2016

Funding details
Original grant (2013) $300,000
Supplement (2013) $30,000

American Research Institute in Turkey (Philadelphia, PA 19104)
A. Reinhart (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51478-13
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America in the Near East, 1819-2010: Preservation and Access Planning for the American Mission Board (ABM) Collection

A Foundations project to develop a plan to process and digitize ca. 262 linear feet of documents, photographs, books, and journals chronicling American missionary activity in the Ottoman Empire from 1824 to 1950.

The American Research Institute Turkey (ARIT) respectfully requests $40,000 in outright funds from the NEH to support project planning for management and dissemination of the resources of the American Board of Missions (ABM) archive and library in Istanbul. ARIT proposes to develop a comprehensive and efficient plan for the preservation, arrangement, cataloging, and digitizing of the archive of the American Board of Missions in Istanbul.

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Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $40,000 (approved); $40,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 4/30/2015

Denver Museum of Nature and Science (Denver, CO 80205)
Stephen Nash (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present); Rene Payne (Co Project Director, 09/03/2013 - present)
PW-51492-13
Enhancing Access to the Humanities Image Archive: Processing, Re-housing, and Digitizing

The arrangement, re-housing, and completion of cataloging of 323,000 still images in multiple formats in the museum's Humanities Image Archive (HIA), containing a wide range of ethnographic and archaeological materials dating since 1871, and the digitization and mounting on the Internet of 5,000 high-demand images.

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science seeks support for a three-year project to garner intellectual and physical control of its Humanities Image Archive (HIA) prior to its installation in the state-of-the-art Education and Collections Facility addition in 2014-2015. The HIA contains 770,000 rare and irreplaceable images in 2,900 linear feet of improper storage. A total of 323,000 images (42% of the HIA) require processing prior to their installation in the ECF. These to-be-processed images include a wide variety of formats ranging from black and white and color negatives to color transparencies, prints, hand-painted lantern slides, glass plate negatives, photogravure and silver gelatin prints, stereo cards, and moving images. The HIA also includes 1,894 audio-visual tapes and more than 100 three-dimensional art pieces. This project will provide sustainable preservation environments for the HIA for generations, ensuring its continued accessibility to researchers and the public.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $280,000 (approved); $280,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2013 – 4/30/2016

Louisiana Museum Foundation (New Orleans, LA 70176)
Greg Lambousy (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - 07/16/2015); Dawn Hammatt (Project Director, 07/16/2015 - present)
PW-51494-13
Digitize Louisiana's Colonial Documents

Digitizing and creating free online access and English-language finding aids for 70,000 judicial and notarial records of the New Orleans French Superior Council (1714-1769) and Spanish Cabildo (1769-1803) that document the history and culture of the city's inhabitants during the colonial era.

With this request, and on behalf of the Louisiana State Museum (LSM), the Louisiana Museum Foundation seeks $336,750 to enable the Museum to digitize and e-publish the French Superior Council (1714-1769) and Spanish Judicial records (1769-1803), which are the oldest non-sacramental records in the Lower Mississippi Valley, for free access by anyone with a web-enabled device. Designed to address access and preservation issues, the project will digitize and e-publish high-resolution scans of the records, extant paper-based finding aids and synoptic translations on LSM’s and other websites, and will create a searchable database of the records. Education and outreach programming will publicize the project and promote use of the records by researchers, genealogists, educators and the general public.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $275,000 (approved); $275,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2013 – 6/30/2016

Country Music Foundation, Inc. (Nashville, TN 37203-4206)
Lee Boulie (Project Director, 07/24/2012 - present)
PW-51496-13
Preservation and Access: Digitizing Rare and Fragile Components of the Country Music Foundation Archive

The preservation and provision of intellectual access to three collections documenting the history of country music in America: 1) Bob Pinson Recorded Sound Collection, 2) Moving Image Collection: Bobby Bare and Friends, and 3) Photo Collection: Fabry Still Image Collection.

The Country Music Foundation (CMF) requests a grant of $347,132 over a two-year period. The purpose of the project is to preserve and increase access to three rare and endangered collections integral to the history of country music in America. This project is a critical step in a major digitization initiative to preserve museum collections and access them through a digital asset management system. Once transferred, the original source materials from this project will be stored according to best practices for conservation in climate-controlled vaults currently under construction. Three collections have been selected by as the first and most urgent collections for digitization based on their rarity, fragility, number of access requests, and historical importance: Bob Pinson Recorded Sound Collection--Rare and unique acetate and vinyl transcriptions discs; Moving Image Collection--Bobby Bare and Friends; and Photo Collection--Fabry Image Collection.

Project fields: Music History and Criticism
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $280,000 (approved); $280,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 10/1/2013 – 12/31/2015

Columbia University (New York, NY 10027)
Ehsan Yarshater (Project Director, 07/26/2012 - present)
PW-51507-13
Encyclopaedia Iranica Online

Preparation of the "Encyclopædia Iranica," a multi-disciplinary reference work and research tool on Iranian history and civilization from prehistory to the present. The project would add up to 600 new entries to the online database, update earlier entries, and improve user interaction through social media.

Encyclopaedia Iranica is a major interdisciplinary research tool in the humanities for scholars and students in Middle Eastern, Central Asian, Afghanistan, and the Indian subcontinent. Non-specialists too would find the material interesting and lucidly written. It is a vehicle for the publication of original research or synthesis of current scholarship. All of the articles are written with careful documentation and extensive bibliography by leading scholars from many different countries. This NEH application for the two-year period of July 2013 through June 2015 concerns only the EIr’s digital edition. The project seeks funding to accomplish two interrelated goals during the grant period: (1) add 400-600 new entries to the online database to fill in its coverage in the letters K-Z; (2) build visitor traffic to EIr through timely communication and improved interaction with the help of social media. .

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Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $300,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2013 – 6/30/2015

Tufts University (Medford, MA 02155-5818)
Gregory Crane (Project Director, 11/05/2012 - present)
PW-51511-13
CNR and Perseus Collaboration

The Perseus Project, led by Professor Gregory Crane of Tufts University, has been a worldwide leader in providing online access to Classical Greek sources. Perseus is currently collaborating with the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) to develop applications and digital infrastructure for working with historical languages, especially Classical Greek, Latin, Arabic, and early Italian. An important aspect of the collaboration between Perseus and CNR is to develop projects that integrate translations from Classical Greek into Classical Arabic, from the great translation movement that took place in Baghdad from 800 to 1000 CE. The proposed work on digital infrastructure will enhance learning and research and allow students to make more substantive contributions than was possible in a print culture. The current need is to further the collaboration by bringing four American scholars to Tufts University to meet with a visiting scholar from CNR and to have a software developer available to assist the process. The ultimate goal of this work is to lay the foundation for an interdisciplinary humanities curriculum incorporating Classical Greek, Latin, and Arabic in research and teaching through digital means.

Project fields: Ancient Languages
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $30,000 (approved); $30,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 10/1/2012 – 12/31/2015

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22904-4195)
Lise Dobrin (Project Director, 02/11/2013 - present)
PW-51513-13
Glossing and Archiving Bukiyip Arapesh Texts

This project undertakes to incorporate a set of one hundred Bukiyip Arapesh texts into the Arapesh Grammer and Digital Language Archive.

Project fields: Linguistics
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $13,289 (approved); $13,289 (awarded)
Grant period: 3/1/2013 – 8/31/2015

Dhiru Ambrit Thadani
Congress for the New Urbanism (Washington, DC 20011)
PW-51514-13
The Language of Towns and Cities: A Visual Dictionary

The development of the second edition of The Language of Towns and Cities. The original book coined the term "encyclo-dictionary," an apt name for this volume that defines over 700 words and phrases related to the built environment with beautifully illustrated explanations. The second edition will add an additional 600 pages that complement the first edition, which include: best practices for active-living environments, renovation strategies for aging-in-place, suburban retrofit strategies, and alternate transit and transport systems.

Project fields: Architecture; Urban History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $28,500 (approved); $28,500 (awarded)
Grant period: 6/1/2013 – 12/31/2014

Fordham University (Bronx, NY 10458-9993)
Sandra Arnold (Project Director, 05/15/2013 - present)
PW-51516-13
Burial Database Project of Enslaved African Americans

Burial grounds of enslaved African Americans are primarily unmarked, abandoned, and are increasingly vanishing from our landscape--taking with them history, heritage, and a people's place in the world. The initial stage of our work is to document as many burial grounds as possible by taking a public census of their location. To assist in our efforts, a website (www.vanishinghistory.org) has been established.

Project fields: American Studies
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $30,000 (approved); $30,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 9/1/2013 – 11/30/2014

University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0001)
Patricia Fumerton (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-50983-12
English Broadside Ballads Archive: Crawford Ballads

The digitization and incorporation into an electronic archive of images of up to 1,754 English broadside ballads from the 17th century, as well as illustrative woodcuts, facsimile transcriptions, contextual essays, and audio files of sung versions of the ballads.

The University of California-Santa Barbara requests critical funding to launch an important fourth stage of its electronic English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA) and mount online the seventeenth-century ballads, primarily the Crawford collection, held by the National Library of Scotland--approx. 1,754 works. The NLS has granted UCSB unprecedented permission to add its ballad holdings to EBBA. The expanded archive will provide high-quality digital facsimiles as well as "facsimile transcriptions," which preserve the ballads’ original "look," with all their ornament, while transcribing the original font into easily readable roman type. In addition, we will offer deep cataloguing, TEI/XML and MARC records, song recordings, informative essays, and an enhanced search engine. An expanded EBBA will open up new ways of understanding early modern popular culture, literature, art, and music as well as the history of ballad collecting.

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Project fields: British Literature
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $280,000 (approved); $280,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2015

University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5 Canada)
Antonette Healey (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51001-12
Dictionary of Old English [DOE]

The preparation of entries for the "Dictionary of Old English," a historical dictionary based on the entire extant corpus of Old English texts written between A.D. 600 and 1150.

The aim of the Dictionary of Old English (DOE) is to define the vocabulary of records written in English between 600 and 1150 C.E., using the technology of the twenty-first century. Because of its Electronic Corpus, comprising at least one copy of every Old English text, the DOE is based on a comprehensive examination of the surviving evidence. The DOE complements the other major historical dictionaries of English: the Middle English Dictionary (1100-1500 C.E.), and the Oxford English Dictionary (which catalogues English up to the present). In December 2007, the project released DOE: A to G online, the first Web version of the first eight letters (out of 22), and in April 2008, we published a Windows-based version, DOE: A to G on CD-ROM. A transformative feature of the electronic DOE is the link to the online OED, providing a mechanism for dictionary cross-searching. In December 2010, with file numbers supplied by DOE, OED online created a reciprocal link back to DOE online.

Project fields: English
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $200,000 (approved); $200,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2014

Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, DC 20003-1004)
Stephen Enniss (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - 02/13/2014); Daniel De Simone (Project Director, 02/14/2014 - present); Daniel De Simone (Project Director, 02/14/2014 - present)
PW-51002-12
Cataloging, Digitizing, and Creating Access to 17th-Century British Book Illustrations

The digitization of 10,000 engraved and woodcut illustrations from British and English-language books published in other parts of the world between 1604 and 1700.

British Book Illustration: Extending Access to 17th-Century Visual Culture (BBI) will afford humanities researchers access to the largely hidden collection of narratively- and iconographically-rich woodcut and engraved illustrations held in the Folger Shakespeare Library's early printed books. This project will digitize and index 10,000 English book illustrations in two phases: First, BBI will cover illustrations for the years 1604-1640, starting after the Tudor period where current reference guides end. Second, BBI will enable access to a large portion of the world's extant major 17th-century illustrated works with 3,300 illustrations from the Folger collection of 1641-1700 English imprints. The illustrations will be available publicly through the Folger's Luna Insight image database and indexed by subjects, names of depicted individuals and places, and names of producers.

Project fields: British History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $280,000 (approved); $280,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2012 – 10/31/2015

University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA 19104-6243)
Grant Frame (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51004-12
Preserving and Providing Access to the Official Inscriptions of the Kings of Assyria, 744 to 669 B.C.

Online and print publication of the official inscriptions of Sennacherib and Sargon II, rulers of ancient Assyria, which are preserved on clay tablets and other artifacts. The project would also provide transliterations, translations, and bibliographic information.

Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period (RINAP): Preserving and Providing Access to the Official Inscriptions of the Kings of Assyria from Tiglath-pileser III to Esarhaddon (744 to 669 BCE)

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Project fields: Near and Middle Eastern Languages
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $200,000 (approved); $200,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2014

University of Tulsa (Tulsa, OK 74104-9700)
Sean Latham (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51010-12
The Modernist Journals Project: American Periodicals 1901-1922

Incorporating five early 20th-century American periodicals, "McClure's Magazine," "The Smart Set," "The Masses," "Camera Work," and "The Seven Arts" into a digital archive of modernist journals.

The early 20th century was the golden age of magazines and for a decade the Modernist Journals Project has worked to collect and aggregate them into one of the leading digital resources for the study of modernism. We seek funding to add a cluster of rare yet deeply influential American magazines to our collection: "McClure's Magazine" (1901-1910), which pioneered the genre of investigative journalism; the "Smart Set" (1913-1922) when it was brilliantly edited by H. L. Mencken and George Jean Nathan; "The Masses," a wildly experimental magazine that linked political and aesthetic revolt; Alfred Stieglitz's "Camera Work," which helped establish photography as a fine art; and "Seven Arts," a short-lived but vibrant little magazine. The MJP provides searchable texts, page images, TEI-compliant transcripts, and full metadata records, all served freely through a website that surrounds these archival objects with scholarly and historical materials that facilitate their use.

Project fields: American Literature
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $270,000 (approved); $270,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2015

Peninsula Library System (San Mateo, CA 94403-2273)
Barclay Ogden (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51011-12
California Light and Sound: The California Audiovisual Preservation Project

The digitization of 233 audio and moving image recordings pertaining to the history and culture of California in the 20th century, held by archives and libraries throughout the state.

The California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) proposes to digitize, preserve and make available to the public 233 historically important, unpublished, and seriously endangered analog audio and moving image recordings (over 200 hours or 300,000 feet) contributed by 19 California partner archives and libraries. The "California Light and Sound" collection will support research, teaching, and learning across an array of humanities disciplines. The CAVPP provides statewide leadership to facilitate access and accomplish preservation work most individual archives are unable to undertake. Based on best practices and standards, the CAVPP guides institutions through the process, from nomination of titles to selection to description to digitization, and brings to light hidden media collections via the Internet Archive (IA) and the California Digital Library's Online Archive of California (OAC), online repositories that are available for the purposes of non-profit, educational use.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $153,357 (approved); $153,331 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2014

College of Physicians of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA 19103)
Maura Marx (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - 09/09/2013); Michelle DiMeo (Project Director, 09/10/2013 - present)
PW-51014-12
Expanding the Medical Heritage Library: Preserving and Providing Online Access to Historical Medical Periodicals

The digitization of approximately 200 historical medical journals, held by five major libraries, for free online access via the Medical Heritage Library (MHL) collection on the Internet Archive (IA) as well as through the HathiTrust digital repository.

This project provides for the selection and digitization of up to 200 historical American medical journal titles dating from 1797 to 1923 (approximately 7,350 volumes or 2,152,000 pages) both to preserve them and to make them freely available publicly via the Medical Heritage Library(MHL) collection on the Internet Archive website. These titles, which will be selected with the advice of scholars in a range of disciplines, will be complemented by 30,000 digitized medical rare books from 1750 to 1923, already contained in the MHL. The medical journal titles to be digitized will be drawn from the collections of the collaborating libraries, with any missing volumes supplied by the National Library of Medicine and other MHL collaborators. The availability of the digitized collection will be widely publicized via the MHL website, social media, and network of advising scholars.

Project fields: History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $280,000 (approved); $280,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 12/31/2014

Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, MD 21201-5185)
William Noel (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - 03/25/2013); Robert Mintz (Project Director, 03/26/2013 - present)
PW-51019-12
Imaging the Hours: Creating a Digital Resource of Flemish Manuscripts

Enhanced cataloging, digitization, and creation of online access to 112 Flemish manuscripts (45,000 pages of text and over 3,000 pages of illumination) from northeastern France and Belgium from the 13th to the 16th centuries.

"Imaging the Hours," a three year project to preserve and make available cataloged digital surrogates of 112 manuscripts from the Walters Art Museum's world-famous collection. Approximately 45,000 pages of ancient text and over 3,000 pages of superb medieval illuminated images from Northeastern France and Belgium will be digitally captured and documented.

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Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $265,000 (approved); $265,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 4/1/2012 – 9/30/2015

Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI 48824-1168)
Cynthia Ghering (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51024-12
Digitizing the records of the MSU Vietnam Advisory Group and Related Collections

The digitization of 100,000 pages of material from MSU's Vietnam Advisory Group records and related holdings, dating from 1955 to 1962, and the development of enhanced access features for full-text searching, semantic searching, and mapping.

Michigan State University (MSU) will make the records of a significant international program accessible online using innovative digital tools to encourage new scholarship and collaborative research in the fields of American Foreign Relations, International Cold War Studies, Vietnamese Studies, and Colonial/Postcolonial Studies. The records of the MSU Vietnam Advisory Group (MSUG) detail the U.S. Department of State's technical assistance program for the Republic of Vietnam administered by MSU from 1955 to 1962. MSU's University Archives and Historical Collections, Department of History, and MATRIX digital humanities center will collaborate to digitize, describe, and make accessible approximately 100,000 pages of material from the MSUG and the personal papers of several faculty who participated in it via a dedicated project website. The project also will make these materials available through the Virtual Vietnam Archive at Texas Tech University.

Project fields: East Asian History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $265,000 (approved); $264,998 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2015

Harvard University (Cambridge, MA 02138-3800)
Afsaneh Najmabadi (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51027-12
Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran: A Digital Archive and Website

The development of a comprehensive digital archive and Web site that will preserve and render accessible primary sources related to the social and cultural history of women during the Qajar dynasty (1785-1925) in Iran. The sources include unpublished poetry, essays, travelogues, private letters, photographs, portrait paintings, calligraphies, marriage contracts, and legal documents.

Harvard University seeks renewed funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue its development of the Women's World in Qajar Iran project, a comprehensive digital archive and website that preserves, links and renders accessible primary source materials related to the social and cultural history of women' worlds during the reign of the Qajar dynasty, 1796 to 1925 in Iran. The dynasty is perhaps most notable for a series of intense interactions with Europe, many of which introduced cultural and political changes that still resonate in the Iran of today. The WWQI project addresses a significant gap in the scholarship related to this important time in the history of Iran by making available writings and other personal documents created by, and reflecting the lives of, women during the Qajar era. Since the project began in 2009 approximately 20,000 digital facsimiles have been created.

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Project fields: Near and Middle Eastern History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $197,650 (approved); $196,621 (awarded)
Grant period: 4/1/2012 – 3/31/2014

University of Washington (Seattle, WA 98105-6613)
Nicolette Bromberg (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51038-12
Vision of the Mountains: Preserving and Creating Access to Films of Mountaineering in the West

The preservation, arrangement and description, digital reformatting, and selective web streaming of 448 films, created by the Mountaineers Club, that document the natural environment of the Pacific Northwest.

The University of Washington Libraries' Special Collections will preserve and provide access to 448 motion picture films from the Mountaineers Film Collection.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $200,000 (approved); $200,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2012 – 4/30/2015

Missouri Botanical Garden (St. Louis, MO 63166-0299)
Christopher Freeland (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - 11/27/2012); Trish Rose-Sandler (Project Director, 11/28/2012 - present)
PW-51041-12
Creating Digital Access to Natural History Illustrations

The development of software tools to identify and describe natural history illustrations in digitized books and journals in the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

The Art of Life project seeks to liberate natural history illustrations from the 90,000 digitized books and journals (34 million pages) in the online Biodiversity Heritage Library through development of software tools for automated identification and description of visual resources. Missouri Botanical Garden and Indianapolis Museum of Art will build a new research environment for humanities scholars through development of new software tools for algorithmic assessment (data mining) and new interfaces for community enhancement of digital resources (crowdsourcing). The project will deliver: New software components for the identification and description of visual resources that can be reused by any digital repository; Preservation management techniques for visual resources contained within a digital library of scanned literature; and Enhanced access to millions of natural history illustrations, many never before made available for advanced inquiry and inspection.

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Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $260,000 (approved); $260,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2012 – 4/30/2015

Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688)
Andra Darlington (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51045-12
Processing and Creating Access to the Szeemann Archive

The arrangement and description, re-housing, and partial digitization of up to 900 linear feet of the Harald Szeemann Papers, which comprise 3,000 artist files, over 200 project files, and 750 videos documenting the history of 20th-century art and visual culture.

This application seeks support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to process the two largest and most significant series in the recently acquired Harald Szeemann Papers (circa 1880-2005). The Szeemann archive is one of the principal privately assembled collections related to 20th-century art and visual culture in the world, and his series of project files and artist files are the heart of the archive. The proposed project will arrange, preserve, describe, and partially digitize the project files and artist files, and make them freely accessible to scholars, researchers, curators, artists, and the interested public. Together these two series comprise 900 linear feet of extensive correspondence, notes, unique drawings, rare posters, video artworks, artists' books, limited-edition items by noted visual, literary, and performance artists, and extensive documentation of Szeemann's exhibitions and other projects, both realized and unrealized.

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Project fields: Arts, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $230,000 (approved); $230,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2014

Princeton University (Princeton, NJ 08544)
Clifford Wulfman (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51046-12
The Blue Mountain Project: Digitizing Periodicals of the Avant-Garde

Digitization of 34 avant-garde arts journals produced in Europe and North America between 1848 and 1923 that document the emergence of modernity through the literature, art, and music of the period.

As part of its newly inaugurated Blue Mountain Project, the Princeton University Library proposes to create digital editions of 34 avant-garde arts journals produced in Europe and North America between 1848 and 1923, when public domain ends in the United States. Ranging in character from illustrated newsprint to lavishly designed productions, these journals open a critical window on the past while illuminating our understanding of the arts today. Because full runs in good condition are difficult to find and access, Blue Mountain aims to build a thematic research collection of historic avant-garde magazines of arts and letters for use by scholars and students around the world. The Blue Mountain will comprise a trusted digital repository of high-quality page scans, text-encoded transcriptions, and extensive descriptions, which will be made freely available over the World Wide Web.

Project fields: Arts, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $227,054 (approved); $227,054 (awarded)
Grant period: 9/1/2012 – 8/31/2014

Yale University (New Haven, CT 06510)
Elizabeth Beaudin (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51052-12
Digitize and Create Access Collections Related to Religion

The digitization and presentation online of the contents of up to 5,000 volumes of annual reports and periodicals (ca. 400,000 pages in total) documenting Christian missionary activity around the world from 1850 to 1950.

The Yale Divinity Library, a division of the Yale University Library, proposes to digitize and make publicly accessible up to 5,000 volumes of annual reports and periodicals from the Day Missions Collection, the preeminent North American collection for documentation of the history of the missionary enterprise and the development of Christianity throughout the world. The prospective audiences are many, from scholars of mission history to social historians both of the U.S. and the rest of the world, from institutional stakeholders in the religious communities themselves to a broad range of general readers with an interest in the history of their country, their churches, and their families. A successful project will offer scholars, educators, students, and general readers useful and integrated access to rare and fragile materials, while eliminating the potentially damaging use of the originals and benefiting a wide community interested in world Christianity and its interactions and effects.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $200,000 (approved); $196,678 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2014

Perkins School for the Blind (Watertown, MA 02472)
Betsy McGinnity (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51055-12
Arranging, Describing, and Creating Access to the Archives at Perkins School for the Blind

The arrangement and description of 120 linear feet of archival materials related to the institutional history of the Perkins School for the Blind from the 1830s to 1906.

The Archives at Perkins School for the Blind is a bountiful source of historical material that documents both the evolution of the field of blindness education and of the gradual inclusion of people with visual impairments into the mainstream of American life. Perkins is requesting funding for the arrangement and description of the nineteenth-century documents (1830s-1906) in its Archives, occupying approximately 120 linear feet. At the end of the project, Perkins will have created physical and intellectual control over the most frequently used and information-rich materials in the Research Library Archives, including correspondence, journals, and institutional records. These materials include correspondence and other items written by Helen Keller, Samuel Ward Howe, Charles Dickens, and Horace Mann. With a skilled and experienced Archivist working through the three-year grant period, we plan to follow archival best practices to make this important collection widely accessible.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $98,007 (approved); $98,007 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2015

Harvard University (Cambridge, MA 02138-3800)
Daniel Carpenter (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51056-12
A Digital Archive of Massachusetts Anti-Slavery and Anti-Segregation Petitions

Digitization of an estimated 21,000 pages of antislavery and antisegregation petitions sent to the Massachusetts state legislature during the 18th and 19th centuries.

America's past, present and future are filled with petitions. A host of archived petitions have been signed by tens of millions of Americans over time, ranging from colonial grievances (18th century) to slavery opposition (19th century) to temperance advocacy (20th century). Yet these vast resources are accessible only with great cost and difficulty, and risk physical erosion in the future. The Center for American Political Studies at Harvard, along with associated faculty and library staff, and in collaboration with the Massachusetts State Archives, will conduct a three-year project to (1) catalog and digitize antislavery and antisegregation petitions sent to the state legislature, (2) join these with previously-collected petitions to the U.S. Congress in a database, and (3) create an open-access web site where petition images and data can be used by teachers, scholars, and the wider public. Future projects will add new petitions to the database established by this project.

Project fields: Social Sciences, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $260,231 (approved); $260,231 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2016

University of Florida Libraries (Gainesville, FL 32611-0001)
Thomas Caswell (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51064-12
Unearthing St. Augustine's Colonial Heritage: An Interactive Digital Collection for the Nation's Oldest City

A consortium of 18 cultural organizations that would create an interactive online collection of 11,000 primary resources (including maps, drawings, photographs, documents, and digitized objects) related to colonial St. Augustine, Florida, in preparation for the 450th anniversary of its founding.

The University of Florida proposes to build an interactive online collection of key resources related to colonial St. Augustine, Florida. Along with the UF Libraries, Unearthing St. Augustine partners are the two City of St. Augustine departments (Heritage Tourism and Archaeology Program), historic Government House in St. Augustine managed by UF, and St. Augustine Historical Society. Since the 1970s, research in St. Augustine has elicited attention from scholars in history, archaeology, and historic preservation throughout Florida and the US. Efforts to protect and promote its historical importance have been ongoing since early in the 20th century. UF and its partners will establish for the first time a computer digitization lab at Government House which will be used create and disseminate an interactive digital collection of 11,000 maps, drawings, photos and documents available freely online; and, spatially enhance maps and images through geo-referencing.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $265,000 (approved); $265,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2015

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4629)
Matthew Gibson (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51071-12
Digitizing and Creating Access to Archival Collections Related to the African American Experience in Virginia, 1861 to 1902

The addition of approximately 300 entries to the online "Encyclopedia Virginia," covering topics and biographies related to Virginia's African American history from 1862 to 1902.

"Encyclopedia Virginia," a project of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, in partnership with the Dictionary of Virginia Biography, a project of the Library of Virginia, seeks support from the National Endowment for the Humanities to create more than 300 entries and a comparable number of transcribed primary sources for the encyclopedia's newest section, Freedom to Disfranchisement: The African American Experience in Virginia, 1861 to 1902, which traces the story of African Americans in Virginia from the ending of slavery and the beginnings of freedom and citizenship to the legislated 1902 reversal of those civil rights.

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Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $200,000 (approved); $200,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2012 – 5/31/2016

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC 27599-0001)
Steven Weiss (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51081-12
From the Piedmont to the Swamplands: Preserving Southern Traditional Music

Preserving and making accessible online up to 3,019 hours of sound recordings and 4,500 related photographs dating from the 1920s to 1980s, drawn from the university's Southern Folklife Collection, that document the traditional music and musicians of the southeastern United States.

The Southern Folklife Collection (SFC) of the Wilson Special Collections Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill plans to preserve and make accessible unique photographs and sound recordings documenting Southern traditional music. For this project, we will create preservation master files and reference copies from materials currently at risk or unavailable for public research. The digitized content will be made available to researchers via CONTENTdm and Variations, an online streaming system developed by Indiana University. Based on prior experience, we expect to preserve and make accessible up to 3,019 hours of audio recordings and 4,500 photographs over the project period.

Project fields: Folklore and Folklife
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $131,765 (approved); $131,765 (awarded)
Grant period: 6/1/2012 – 5/31/2016

University of Nebraska, Board of Regents (Lincoln, NE 68588-0430)
Kenneth Price (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51082-12
An Integrated Guide to Walt Whitman's Literary Manuscripts

Creation of finding guides to Walt Whitman's prose manuscripts held at more than 70 repositories together with images of the documents. The project would also develop an integrated guide that relates each manuscript to the work to which it contributed.

The Walt Whitman Archive (whitmanarchive.org) seeks a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to create item-level finding guides to Walt Whitman's prose manuscripts, which are held at more than seventy individual repositories. The finding guides will be written in Encoded Archival Description (EAD) format, and we will associate with each description high-quality digital images of the manuscript material. These individual guides, linked to digital images, will then be dynamically joined in an integrated guide, using a system of identification that relates each prose manuscript to the conceptual "work" to which it contributed. When joined with the Archive's similarly implemented, award-winning guides to Whitman's poetry manuscripts, the EAD records created for Whitman's prose manuscripts in this project will provide unprecedented documentation of and access to the literary manuscripts of a major literary figure.

Project fields: American Literature
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $275,000 (approved); $275,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 6/1/2012 – 7/31/2015

Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System (Madison, WI 53715)
Ewa Barczyk (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51087-12
Saving and Sharing the AGS Library's Historic Film Collections II: Acetate Negatives and Motion Picture Film

The digitization, creation of metadata, rehousing, and cold storage of 35,000 cellulose acetate photographic negatives and 60,000 linear feet of motion picture film that document the world's vistas, landscapes, streetscapes, flora, fauna, and humans as they appeared, worked, lived, and modified their environments; 31,000 images would be mounted on the Internet.

The American Geographical Society Library (AGSL), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries, seeks funding to support phase II of its film preservation project first begun in May 2010 as NEH PW-50572-10. The current funding is enabling the AGSL to re-house, digitize, create metadata, publish on-line and preserve in cold storage its extensive collection of cellulose-nitrate negatives. Phase II would support the same process for the AGSL's equally extensive and valuable safety film collection of approximately 35,000 images, and digitize and make available approximately 60,000 feet of unique and important motion picture films in 16mm and 35 mm formats.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $280,000 (approved); $279,099 (awarded)
Grant period: 6/1/2012 – 11/30/2013

RIPM Consortium Ltd. (Baltimore, MD 21211)
H. Robert Cohen (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51088-12
Compilation of the Repertoire International de la Presse Musicale, 1900 to 1950 (RIPM)

Continued editorial work to compile up to 25,000 searchable annotated bibliographic records documenting music and musical life in 20th-century Europe and in North and Latin America to be made available online and in printed volumes.

An "urgent need" for the retrospective indexing of music periodicals was recognized in the 1930s; RIPM was established in 1981 to undertake this task. Initially focusing on 19th-century music journals, RIPM, in 2003, expanded its scope to 1950 taking the first significant step toward filling the widely-acknowledged "access gap" in music periodical literature published between 1900 and the beginning of the modern indexing projects (1949). In 2005 RIPM announced its "Americas Initiative" aimed at treating North and Latin American music journals. Four years later the RIPM Online Archive (full-text) was released. Since 1988, RIPM has produced 272 volumes, an online database of 660,000 annotated records treating 175 music periodicals, and an Online Archive containing 100 rare music journals. This grant would permit RIPM to continue its work on 20th-century European journals and on those published in the Americas, and to produce 12 volumes and the equivalent data in electronic formats.

Project fields: Music History and Criticism
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $265,000 (approved); $265,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 12/31/2013

New York City Municipal Archives (New York, NY 10007-1210)
Leonora Gidlund (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - 03/25/2014)
PW-51103-12
New York District Attorney Case Files, 1916-1925, Preservation and Indexing Project

The re-housing, indexing, and creation of a database for 51,500 New York City District Attorney felony case files (572 cubic feet) dating from 1916 to 1925.

The Municipal Archives requests Endowment support for a project to preserve and index approximately 51,500 New York District Attorney case files dating from July 1916 through 1925. The case file documents are currently housed in highly acidic envelope "jackets" that are extremely brittle and crumble when handled. Access to the information in the files is further hindered by the lack of a searchable index. The case files are a significant resource for a range of scholarly works on the history of the nation's largest city during a critical time period. The NYDA case file jackets will be photocopied; the case file documents will be re-housed in appropriate archival materials and stored in a climate-controlled environment. Project staff will also produce a name-and-offense-based database index to the series. Project activities will take place in-house over an eighteen-month time period between July 1, 2012, and December 31, 2013.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $81,000 (approved); $81,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 12/31/2013

University of Florida Libraries (Gainesville, FL 32611-0001)
Susan Milbrath (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51116-12
Creating an Online Catalog of the Cerros Archaeological Collection

Cataloging and creating digital images of archaeological artifacts and associated excavation records from the early Maya site of Cerros in Belize leading to a searchable database, accessible through the Internet.

The Florida Museum recently received a substantial collection from Cerros, an important Maya site in Belize excavated in the the 1970s in a project led by David Freidel. Cerros, best known from its Late Preclassic settlement (350 BCE-CE 150), has a significant Terminal Classic occupations (CE 850-1150) and a smaller Late Postclassic component (CE 1300-1550). The government of Belize transferred this collection permanently to the Florida Museum in exchange for proper curation and broad access for research. The collection came to the museum with field catalogues, a variety of whole pots and reconstructed ceramics, ceramic sherd type collections and entire units of excavated ceramic sherds, and a range of other archaeological materials. The Cerros Research Online Catalogue will allow broad access to field catalogues and dissertations, ceramic type collections, whole and reconstructed vessels and "small finds" that include deposits of lithics, jade, metalwork, and worked shell and bone.

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Project fields: Archaeology
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $52,965 (approved); $52,965 (awarded)
Grant period: 6/1/2012 – 8/31/2014

University of Central Florida, Orlando (Orlando, FL 32816-8005)
Mark Kamrath (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51124-12
Creating the Charles Brockden Brown Electronic Archive

Enhancement of an online archive of the writings of Charles Brockden Brown, an early American novelist, historian, and editor. This would entail: integrating bibliographies into a searchable interface, combining 972 text transcriptions with 8,083 images of the original works, and sharing metadata with an aggregator tool for 19th-century digital resources.

The Charles Brockden Brown Electronic Archive and Scholarly Edition at the University of Central Florida's Center for Humanities and Digital Research is requesting funding in order to complete (1) integration of TEI-encoded primary and secondary source bibliographical materials into a searchable interface; (2) implementation of 8,083 JPEG images of documents into 972 corresponding TEI-encoded texts; and (3) integration of archive metadata data with NINES, a digital aggregator tool, to support interoperable search and discovery. This work will for the first time make all of Brown's writings, including his novels, freely available at a single location to scholars, teachers, students, and the general public. It will also allow for comparative research of Brown's writings alongside early nineteenth-century American and European publications, thereby enriching our understanding of how thought and language circulated and informed authorship and literary production during this time.

Project fields: American Literature
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $200,000 (approved); $200,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 8/1/2012 – 8/31/2015

University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA 90089-0012)
Jon Miller (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51148-12
Enhancing the Online International Mission Photography Archive

Cataloging and digitization leading to posting on the Web of up to 25,000 photographs taken by Christian missionary organizations in Asia, Africa, and other parts of the world during the first half of the 20th century.

The International Mission Photography Archive (IMPA) is a searchable, online repository of historical photographs from the collections of a large number of international missionary organizations. Because these groups have been active in various parts of the world for well over a century and a half, their collections represent a significant resource for the humanities and social sciences, with particular promise for the kinds of comparative inquiries that contribute to the understanding of cultural diversity. The IMPA "collection of collections" is freely available to scholars, students, and the general public. The proposed NEH funding will sustain the continuing effort to expand the size, the geographic scope, and the cultural and denominational diversity of the images. It will also support the design and conduct of a practical workshop on visual methods in religious history, aimed at an international group of scholars and archivists who have access to photo collections.

Project fields: History of Religion
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $280,000 (approved); $280,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 4/1/2012 – 3/31/2015

University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA 90095-9000)
Chon Noriega (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51155-12
Documenting and Preserving the Post World War II Generation of Mexican Americans in Los Angeles

The arrangement and description of five archival collections, totaling 554 linear feet, documenting Mexican American civic participation and daily life in Los Angeles during the late 20th century.

The UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) in collaboration with the UCLA Special Collections, the UCLA Digital Library, and the UCLA Center for Oral History Research seeks support for a project to arrange, describe, digitize and provide access to five collections that provide invaluable materials related to the histories of the post-World War II generation of Mexican Americans in Los Angeles.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $185,000 (approved); $185,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2015

Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN 37240-0001)
David Michelson (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51161-12
The Syriac Reference Portal: New Access to Sources for the History of the Middle East

Development of an online portal to reference resources on Syriac studies, including an encyclopedia, a prosopography tool for information related to Syriac sources, a classified bibliography, and other research tools. The portal would integrate and link information about the ancient sources and scholarly works.

Syriac is a middle eastern language once spoken by populations stretching across the Middle East and central Asia. For much of the first millennium C.E., Syriac served as a common language bridging the cultures of the Mediterranean and the Near East and serving as the cultural meeting point between Christianity and Islam. Today, perhaps more than ten thousand manuscripts written in Syriac survive, with a wide range of origin stretching from Turkey and Egypt to Iraq, Iran, western China and South India. These materials are of interest to scholars in a variety of humanities fields: Middle Eastern studies, classics, medieval history, religious studies, and linguistics. Unfortunately, due to the lack of reference works, Syriac documents are little studied today. The Syriac Reference Portal provides a new path into this area of history for scholars and the interested public through the creation of an online encyclopedia, a manuscript catalogue and other scholarly tools.

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Project fields: Near and Middle Eastern History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $249,771 (approved); $249,771 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2012 – 5/31/2016

Boston Symphony Orchestra Inc. (Boston, MA 02115-4557)
Bridget Carr (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51179-12
Boston Symphony Orchestra Archives Content Digitization and Accessibility Project, Phase One: Program Books 1888-2011

The digitization of the concert programs of the Boston Symphony Orchestra covering its full performance history (16,000 concerts) from 1888 to 2011.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra proposes to digitize and make freely accessible via the internet the full performance history of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This project will include scanning 235 bound volumes of BSO concert programs (more than 16,000 concerts and 7,500 individual program books) from the years 1888 to 2011. The resulting PDF files will be fully searchable and available both on the Internet Archive site at www.archive.org and on the BSO's website. In order to enhance this offering, the BSO will also link these files to an existing performance history database that will allow researchers to conduct sophisticated queries directing them to the original source material. Queries regarding performance history, and any associated programs and notes, represent one of the BSO Archives's most common areas of research inquiry.

Project fields: Music History and Criticism
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $93,000 (approved); $93,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 4/1/2012 – 8/31/2013

Boston University (Boston, MA 02215-1300)
Vita Paladino (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51182-12
Creating Electronic Catalog of the Howard Thurman and Sue Bailey Thurman Collections

The cataloging and rehousing of the archives of Howard Thurman (1900-81) and his wife Sue Bailey Thurman (1903-96), who were theologians and civil rights leaders, and the reformatting of audio recordings of Thurman's lectures, sermons, and speeches, to be made freely available on the Internet.

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University seeks a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support at two year project to electronically catalogue and digitize the archival collections of one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary theologians, philosophers, and civil rights figures, Dr. Howard Thurman (1900-1981), and his wife, Sue Bailey Thurman (1903-1996). The intermediate goals of the project are to arrange and describe the material utilizing current archival preservation techniques, ultimately providing an electronic finding aid for each collection. The scope of the project would allow us to digitize the 675 reel-to-reel and 354 cassette audio recordings of Dr. Thurman's lectures, classes, sermons and speeches. Our ultimate goals are to publish the finding aids for both collections online and to make the digital audio recordings available on a website hosted by the Gotlieb Center, accessible to the public at no cost.

Project fields: African American Studies
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $240,000 (approved); $240,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2014

Amon Carter Museum (Fort Worth, TX 76113-2365)
Jana Hill (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51201-12
Access to the Artist Archives

The cataloging and digitization of 15,500 photographs from the archives of eight 20th-century American photographers, with enhanced catalog records for an additional 6,700 images already digitized and online access.

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art respectfully requests grant funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support Access to the Artist Archives, a two year project to digitize, catalog, and publish online the rare archival collections of eight prominent American photographers of the twentieth century Carlotta Corpron (1901-1988), Nell Dorr (1893-1988), Laura Gilpin (1891-1979), Eliot Porter (1901-1990),Helen Post (1907-1979), Clara Sipprell (1885-1975), Erwin E. Smith (1886-1947), and Karl Struss (1886-1981). These collections are comprised of 22,000 photographic prints and 200,000 negatives, manuscripts, other ephemera, books, and related collections. Together, the work of these eight artists represent an incredible diversity of American life in the twentieth century.

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Project fields: American Studies
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $175,000 (approved); $175,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2014

Washington State University (Pullman, WA 99164-0001)
Kimberly Christen Withey (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - present)
PW-51209-12
Digitize and Create Online Access to Objects of Native American Collections

The cataloging and digitization of archival, library, and artifact collections documenting Native American history and culture in the Western Plateau region for inclusion in Washington State University's People's Plateau Portal, a reference resource linking cultural resources and regional indigenous cultures by allowing for the interpretation of these materials by native communities.

We are seeking an NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grant to expand the existing Plateau Peoples' Web Portal by digitizing significant archive, museum and library collections related to the history of the Plateau peoples and region. Using the innovative interface and collections management system already in place in the portal we will expand the archival record and range of expert knowledge associated with the collections by facilitating the inclusion of Native and Humanities scholars' knowledge alongside standard archival metadata. In this third phase of an on-going collaborative project we propose to build on the existing open-access web-resource, technological platforms and tribal, academic and museum partnerships to produce a rich, extensive, sustainable and fully interoperable web portal linking Plateau nations, scholars and collecting institutions in a mutually beneficial relationship.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $142,524 (approved); $142,524 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2012 – 4/30/2016

Indianapolis Museum of Art (Indianapolis, IN 46208-4182)
Jennifer Whitlock (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - 02/09/2014); Alba Fernandez-Keys (Project Director, 02/10/2014 - present)
PW-51217-12
Documenting Modern Living: Digitizing the Miller House & Garden Collection

Digitization of architectural and landscape plans, photographs, correspondence, project files, and material samples for the National Historic Landmark Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Indiana. The collection of 23,000 items documents the collaboration of the Miller family and architect Eero Saarinen, landscape architect Dan Kiley, and interior designer Alexander Girard in the design, construction, and maintenance of this mid-century modern residence.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) seeks funding of $253,574.78 to digitize, catalog, and make accessible online primary source materials about the historic Miller House and Garden located in Columbus, Indiana. Designed by Eero Saarinen with interior design by Alexander Girard and landscape design by Daniel Kiley, the Miller House and Garden was the former home of J. Irwin and Xenia Miller. The property and many of its original furnishings were acquired by the IMA in 2009. The Miller House and Garden Collection, part of the IMA Archives, documents the design, construction, and maintenance of the property and includes materials in a variety of formats, such as: architectural drawings and blueprints, correspondence, textile samples, sketches, photographs, etc. The collection will be captured digitally and described with detailed metadata according to national standards. Once the materials have been digitized, the collection will be made available through the IMA Web site.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $190,000 (approved); $190,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2012 – 5/31/2015

University of Arkansas, Little Rock (Little Rock, AR 72204-1000)
Brad Cushman (Project Director, 01/10/2012 - present)
PW-51255-12
Chairman's Grant for Joe Jones: The Struggle of the South

UALR is having the Joe Jones mural, painted in 1935 at the Commonwealth College, Mena, AR, conserved and restored. The mural is entitled, "The Struggle of the South." Funding will allow a photographic inventory of the 29 mural fragments to be developed. Funding will also support research and travel related to the on-going documentary film project related to the conservation and restoration of the mural, including filming and editing.

Project fields: Arts, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $30,000 (approved); $30,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2012 – 2/28/2016

American Heritage Society (Rockville, MD 20850-4122)
Edwin Grosvenor (Project Director, 02/03/2012 - present)
PW-51257-12
Chairman's Grant for National Portal to Historic Collections

The National Portal to Historic Collections will provide hundreds of museums across the U.S. with an easy way to put their collections online in a single federated search system, providing researchers with access to millions of historic artifacts, photographs, and paintings for the first time. A prototype was launched in April 2009 in cooperation with the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH). However, at present there is no easy way to aggregate the information. So the Chairman's Grant was requested to build systems to help us collect data and images from the internal collection management systems of historical institutions and then map, standardize, and display the data.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $30,000 (approved); $30,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 2/1/2012 – 1/31/2013

University of Delaware (Newark, DE 19716-0099)
Susan Brynteson (Project Director, 02/29/2012 - present)
PW-51259-12
Storage of Electronic Files of the Senatorial Papers of Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

The University of Delaware Library requests a $30,000 grant to help support the cost of one dedicated server plus archival materials for immediate preservation related to the processing of an archive of American History and Government which is complete, comprehensive, and covers 35 years of significant national public life. The topics include numerous aspects of foreign affairs including the wars in Vietnam and Irag; numerous judiciary appointments including those to the Supreme Court; and much environmental and other important domestic legislation.

Project fields: American Government; Political Science, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $30,000 (approved); $30,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 4/1/2012 – 3/31/2013

University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA 19104-6243)
Nancy Shawcross (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50747-11
Digitizing the University of Pennsylvania’s Early Modern, Western Manuscripts, 1601-1800

The digitization of 1,000 codices, documents, and fragments on a variety of topics in history, literature, religion, and other humanities fields produced in Europe and North America from 1601 to 1800 and held by the university's Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries propose (1) creating digital facsimiles of approximately 1,000 early modern, Western manuscripts held by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library; (2) maintaining a freely-available Web site with faceted searching for the project’s facsimiles; and (3) updating MARC cataloging records in WorldCat and Franklin (Penn’s online catalog) with persistent URLs that take researchers to the facsimiles. The project will enhance teaching and research at Penn, as well as make Penn’s unique materials available globally through a variety of discovery points. For this project—with a total cost of $753,912—Penn is requesting $343,913 from the NEH to fund salaries and fringe benefits for two years for one full-time digital data coordinator at the Librarian A level, two full-time digital camera operators at the Library Clerk level, and a processing assistant working 1,000 hours per year.

Project fields: European History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $295,442 (awarded)
Grant period: 8/1/2011 – 1/31/2014

University of Rochester (Rochester, NY 14627)
James Farrington (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50753-11
Digitizing Public Domain Musical Scores and Books from the Sibley Music Library

The digitization of 10,000 to 12,000 public domain musical scores and books selected from the collections of the Sibley Music Library and documenting musical composition, performance, and scholarship from the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

The principal goal of this project is to provide free online access to approximately 10-12,000 uncommon, public domain (PD) musical scores and books selected from the collections of the Sibley Music Library (SML) at the Eastman School of Music (ESM). Our plan is to digitize these materials and make them freely available from the University of Rochester's Digital Repository, UR Research (http://urresearch.rochester.edu). The materials on which this project will concentrate are not in Rare Books, but instead from the riches in the circulating collections of scores and books, selected from a list of 26,000 possible titles that have not been digitized in other mass digitization projects and are otherwise not common titles. In the past five years we have digitized over 7,000 items: scores, books, periodicals, theses, and research papers, including nearly 4,000 items just in the past year thanks to a current NEH-funded project (grant number PW-50288-09). These represent only 67% of the di

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $299,973 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2011 – 4/30/2013

University of Oregon (Eugene, OR 97403-5219)
Jodi Allison-Bunnell (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - 07/24/2011); Deborah Carver (Project Director, 07/25/2011 - present)
PW-50755-11
Northwest Digital Archives: Expanding Access to Northwest Archival Collections

The creation of 482 archival finding aids for inclusion in the Northwest Digital Archives, an online union database supported by a consortium of twenty-eight archives and other repositories containing manuscript materials documenting the history and culture of the Pacific Northwest.

The Northwest Digital Archives (NWDA), a well-established consortium of twenty-eight archives and manuscript repositories in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and Montana, seeks $137,756 in NEH funds for a one-year project to mark-up 482 finding aids in XML Encoded Archival Description for addition to NWDA's database of finding aids that has been freely available worldwide since July 2004 at http://nwda.wsulibs.wsu.edu/index.shtml. Six institutions hold the regionally and nationally significant collections represented by the 482 finding aids. The participating institutions are Montana State University, Western Oregon University, The Evergreen State College, Oregon Institute of Technology, Eastern Washington University, and Boise State University. The collections included in this project are not only important in their own right, but significantly complement the more than 5,500 collections already represented in the NWDA database.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $137,756 (approved); $137,756 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2011 – 6/30/2012

Newberry Library (Chicago, IL 60610-3380)
Martha Briggs (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50757-11
"Everywhere West": Preserving and Enhancing Access to the Records of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company

The arrangement and description of the records of the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad comprising 2,760 linear feet of primary sources for the years 1840-1965, documenting the history of the company and several of its subsidiaries.

The Newberry Library proposes to reappraise, arrange, preserve, describe, and make electronically accessible the records (2,760 linear feet) of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company (CB&Q), 1847-1965. The CB&Q was one of the largest and most significant railroads in the country, controlling transportation over much of the nation between the Mississippi River and the Rockies, and the firm's records are an important resource for scholarship in a wide variety of disciplines. This project will make the CB&Q records physically accessible, and will employ current descriptive standards and exploit the capabilities of Encoded Archival Description to improve intellectual access and attract a diverse community of users.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $300,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 10/1/2011 – 3/31/2015

University of Chicago (Chicago, IL 60637-5418)
Matthew Stolper (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50767-11
Persepolis Fortification Archive

Cataloging and digitization of administrative documents from Persepolis, the chief imperial residence of the Achaemenid kings in the homeland of the ancient Persian Empire.

This proposal seeks funding to support key personnel of the Persepolis Fortification Archive Project, an emergency program conducted since 2006 to record the texts and seal impressions on tens of thousands of clay tablets, a unique but imperiled archive from the heart of the Persian Empire at its height, C. 500 B.C.

Project fields: Ancient Languages
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $300,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2011 – 4/30/2013

University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
Matthew Cohen (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50772-11
Walt Whitman's Annotations

Creation of an online archive of Walt Whitman's manuscript annotations, which would allow users to explore Whitman's reactions to the literature, history, science, theology, and art of his time.

This project aims to preserve and give free electronic access to Walt Whitman's manuscript annotations. This hitherto uncollected and largely unpublished set of documents shows America's most famous poet in-the-making. From classical writings to Tennyson, from Persian poets to phrenological journals, the influences on Whitman's work were manifold. For the first time, students, scholars, and casual readers will be able to explore Whitman's self-education, through his reactions to the literature, history, science, theology, and art of his time. The annotations will be published at the Walt Whitman Archive, allowing us to link these annotated documents to later ones they influenced. We will also offer a database of Whitman's reading. Finally, using a customized search engine and the interface created in this project, we will offer analytical tools for archive users that will help researchers shed new light on Whitman's writing in the broad context of 19th century literature and culture.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $168,519 (approved); $143,590 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2011 – 4/30/2014

Frick Collection (New York, NY 10021)
Inge Reist (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50778-11
Digitizing Deteriorating Images of Works of Art Photographed in American Collections

Digitization of 15,000 large-format negatives of art works held in private homes and small public institutions throughout the United States during the early to mid-20th century.

The Frick Collection proposes a two-year project to digitize, and make available online, the 15,000 remaining endangered negatives in its art image collection. These unique 8x10 inch black and white negatives, made between 1922 and 1967, document works of art in private homes and small public collections throughout the United States. They record paintings, works on paper, and sculpture that are not generally well known and were rarely--if ever--otherwise photographed. In some cases, these historical documents are the only extant images of works of art that have been lost, stolen, or destroyed. The images, together with the extensive firsthand information about the original works of art, constitute an irreplaceable resource for humanities research, particularly for the history of art and art collecting, American history, social history, material culture, and genealogy. This project represents the completion of a project begun in 2009 which was funded in part by the NEH.

Project fields: Art History and Criticism
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $300,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2011 – 4/30/2013

University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA 90095-9000)
Kathleen McHugh (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50779-11
Making Invisible Histories Visible

The arrangement, description, and digitization of 80 manuscript collections and related audio visual recordings documenting lesbian and feminist activism and writing since the 1930s.

The UCLA Center for the Study of Women in collaboration with the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives and the UCLA Library seeks NEH support for a three-year project to arrange, describe, digitize, and make physically and electronically accessible two major clusters of Mazer Archive collections related to West Coast lesbian/feminist activism and writing since the 1930s. The project also involves reformatting 700 hours of audio and video associated with these collections. These materials will be permanently held by and housed in the UCLA Library, with broad public access guaranteed on site through UCLA Special Collections and online through the California Digital Library. CSW has a successful track record, having processed and digitized five of the Mazer's collections in a two-year project titled "Access Mazer: Organizing and Digitizing the Lesbian Feminist Archive in Los Angeles." This project also produced a permanent partnership arrangement between the Mazer and the UCLA Library.

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Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $299,505 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2011 – 6/30/2014

University of Wisconsin, Madison (Madison, WI 53706-1314)
Matthew Edney (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50780-11
History of Cartography

Continued development of the multi-volume reference work "The History of Cartography" with particular attention to Volume Four on the "European Enlightenment, 1650-1800" and Volume 5 on "The Nineteenth Century."

Requesting support (7/11-6/13) from NEH's Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program and in response to the Bridging Cultures initiative for the editorial preparation of The History of Cartography. This award-winning, multi-volume series is the only comprehensive and reliable reference work that studies the people, cultures, and societies that have produced and consumed maps from prehistoric times to the present. It provides intellectual access to the complex world of maps for scholars, teachers, students, librarians, and the informed general public. It thus promotes and sustains the culturally sophisticated interpretation of maps as evidentiary source materials. Thoroughly researched by its editors and international contributors, its content is rigorously checked by an experienced editorial team. In addition to publishing in print, as befits a definitive source of information, the University of Chicago Press is committed to producing an online edition to maximize access.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $300,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2011 – 6/30/2013

University of Kansas, Lawrence (Lawrence, KS 66045-7505)
Saralyn Hardy (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50797-11
Photographing and Creating Access to Collections of Global Art and Culture at the Spencer Museum of Art

Cataloging of up to 5,800 ethnographic objects including ceramics, baskets, and other Native American materials from North America at the Spencer Museum of Art.

In 2007, the University of Kansas granted stewardship of 9,000 objects of global art and culture, collected continuously since 1890 as ethnographic objects, to the Spencer Museum of Art (SMA). We seek $349,978 from NEH to hire temporary personnel and purchase equipment and supplies to (1) complete our efforts to accession these objects into SMA's 27,000-object permanent collection; (2) collect data and carry out limited research to provide contextual information; and (3) photograph the objects. The resulting information and visual documentation will be freely accessible via the Museum's searchable online database. The proposed project will consolidate, standardize and augment existing object records, and create publication-quality photographs, thus greatly enhancing the collection's research potential; it will also broaden the Museum's ability to interpret and display for the benefit of diverse audiences, exceptional, little-known objects representative of our worldwide heritage.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $175,000 (approved); $175,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 6/1/2011 – 5/31/2014

Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge (Stockbridge, MA 01262-9702)
Stephanie Plunkett (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50813-11
Reformatting, Processing, and Creating Access to Selected Magnetic Tape Holdings from the Norman Rockwell Archive

Digitization of up to 264 magnetic tapes containing video interviews with Norman Rockwell's three sons, friends, colleagues, models, and studio assistants, as well as interviews and lectures about Rockwell.

Norman Rockwell Museum, steward of the largest holdings of artist Norman Rockwell, seeks a 12-month $130,000 grant to reformat 264 high-value magnetic tapes culled from a larger tape collection in its Archive. These tapes will be electronically reformatted for broad public access (to high-res MPEG-2 files, DVDs, and H.274 files that are ideal for web access). Searchable finding aids will be developed via Archivists' Toolkit and uploaded to NRM's website; finding aids then will be deposited in national collaborative archives/repositories with freely accessible web-catalogs. The tapes include unique interviews with Rockwell's 3 sons, friends, colleagues, models, studio assistants, other artists, and interviews about Rockwell, the people he painted, etc. These tapes are becoming the most requested by biographers, authors, curators, and the press. They must be migrated to a digital format as their contents are now hidden. Reformatting will facilitate unprecedented access to their contents.

Project fields: Art History and Criticism
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $85,000 (approved); $85,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 6/1/2011 – 5/31/2012

American Institute of Physics (College Park, MD 20740-3841)
R. Joseph Anderson (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50820-11
Making Accessible Oral History Interviews in the History of Physics, Astronomy, and Allied Fields

The digitization and mounting on the Internet up to 500 oral history transcripts and selected audio excerpts of interviews with notable physicists and allied scientists.

The Niels Bohr Library & Archives and the Center for History of Physics of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) proposes to digitize 500 oral histories in its collection, along with brief selections of the associated audio, and put them on the Web to make them accessible to researchers and a resource for education and public programming in the humanities. This is the second phase of a two-phase project, and when completed over 1,000 interviews will be available to users. AIP's oral history collection is an exceptionally broad, deep and rich group of interviews with some of the most important scientists of the twentieth century, and it is an outstanding humanities resource on 20th and 21st century science and technology. We request grant funds of $73,824 to help support Phase Two. The interviews describe the scientists' education, employment, engagement with government and other institutional and social structures, as well as their scientific practice.

Project fields: History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $60,000 (approved); $60,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 6/1/2011 – 5/31/2013

American Museum of Natural History (New York, NY 10024-5193)
Paul Beelitz (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50831-11
Imaging the Mexican Archaeology Collection

The digital imaging of 49,920 objects in the Mexican archaeology collection that range in date from the twelfth century B.C. to the sixteenth century A.D. Digital images and catalog information will be available in an online database.

The Anthropology Division at the American Museum of Natural History requests $348,547 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a two-year project that will dramatically improve access to its Mexican archaeology collection and archive through digital imaging and the Internet. The 49,920 objects in the collection represent the peoples who lived from the 12th century B.C. to the 16th century A.D. in Mexico, and the 12,650 items in the archive document the archaeological context of the collection. The images of the Mexican archaeology collection and archive will be made accessible to humanities students and educators, descendent communities, researchers, and the general public via the Anthropology Division's Web site http://anthro.amnh.org. The $348,547 requested from the NEH will pay four people: three photographers for two years, the time it will take to image the 49,920 objects, and one scanner for one year, the time it will take to scan the 12,650 archival items.

Project fields: Anthropology
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $300,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 10/1/2011 – 9/30/2013

Library of Virginia (Richmond, VA 23219-8000)
Carl Childs (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50845-11
Digitization of the Petersburg Virginia Chancery Causes, 1803-1912

The digitization and online access to the Petersburg City Chancery Court Records, which support research in legal, business, economic, labor, and social history, 1803-1912.

The Library of Virginia (LVA) proposes to digitize and provide worldwide access to the Petersburg City Chancery Causes from 1803 to 1912, a nationally significant archival collection.

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Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $155,071 (approved); $155,071 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2011 – 4/30/2012

Kentucky Historical Society Foundation (Frankfort, KY 40601-1931)
Sarah Milligan (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50846-11
Pass the Word : The Guide to Oral History in Kentucky

The creation of an online reference resource for up to 20,000 oral history collections located in over 50 cultural heritage institutions throughout Kentucky.

Pass the Word will survey oral history holdings in repositories across Kentucky, and will create an interactive, online reference tool, which will act as a portal for oral history research in the Commonwealth. Through this project oral history collections and resources in Kentucky will be accessible to multi-disciplinary researchers worldwide. Thousands of personal histories of events, time-periods, communities and families will be easily searchable by anyone online. This online tool will encourage discovery and use of these irreplaceable collections.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $100,000 (approved); $99,120 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2011 – 12/31/2013

University of Kansas, Lawrence (Lawrence, KS 66045-7505)
Karen Cook (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50847-11
Exploring the History of 19th-Century Ornithology and Scientific Illustration through the Works of John Gould

Cataloging and the production of finding aids for scientific illustrations and related materials from the collections of the British artist of birds, John Gould (1804-81). Approximately 6,300 of Gould's drawings, watercolors, lithographic stones, lithographic proofs, color trials, and published prints would be digitized and made accessible online.

The University of Kansas proposes to catalog two major collections central to the history of 19th century ornithology and scientific illustration, the Gould and Sauer collections. This project will also digitize and publish online about 6,300 images from the Gould collection, the largest worldwide, of manuscripts and publications by and about John Gould (1804-1881). The Gould material is complemented by the research archive of Gordon Sauer, leading Gould biographer and historian. Project outcomes will include EAD finding aids of the Gould materials and Sauer papers, and high-quality digital images of the Gould drawings, watercolors, lithographic stones and proofs, color trials and associated published prints from the bird books. All digital resources will be available through KU Libraries’ website for use by historians of science and scientific illustration and publishing, and other users, including the bird-loving public, conservation advocates, and educators and their students.

Project fields: History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $70,939 (approved); $50,885 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2011 – 4/30/2014

Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI 48824-1168)
Walter Hawthorne (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50851-11
Biographies: The Atlantic Slave Data Network

The development of a digital repository for datasets contributed by scholars in the course of their research on African slavery.

The Biographies: The Atlantic Slaves Data Network (ASDN) project will provide an international collaborative research platform for scholars of African slaves in the Atlantic World to upload, preserve, and provide public access to datasets about individual slaves. Digital tools will be made available to perform calculations and visualize the data, enabling investigation of patterns within large-scale datasets from diverse regions and types of historical sources. The digital repository also will allow uploading of digital files of original source materials. The ASDN will be an innovative and valuable resource for scholars and students, African-Americans searching for their roots, and the public interested in humanities research centered on African slaves and their descendants in North America, South America, Europe and Africa itself. The ASDN will also contribute to addressing challenges humanists face in analyzing vast quantities of data that can now be accessed digitally.

Project fields: African History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $100,000 (approved); $99,994 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2011 – 12/31/2012

Museum of the City of New York (New York, NY 10029-5287)
Sarah Henry (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50861-11
Conserving, Digitizing, and Creating Access to the J. Clarence Davies Collection of Art

Digitization, selective conservation, and creation of online access to 1,578 paintings, drawings, and prints documenting the history of the city of New York from the 17th through the 20th century.

The Museum of the City of New York seeks a $222,370 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a two-year $538,424 project to (1) provide conservation treatment for 18 selected paintings and 160 drawings, prints, and similar non-photographic visual documentary materials in the J. Clarence Davies Collection, depicting the five boroughs of the City of New York, ca. 1626-1932, and (2) to digitize the conserved items plus approximately 1,400 additional Davies Collection works, enhance their metadata, and deliver them via the Museum's soon-to-launch Internet-accessible collection database for use by the public, scholars, and all those who are interested in researching the visual history of New York City. The J. Clarence Davies Collection of New York City iconography and printed history is one of the Museum's foundational collections and has been in constant use both within and without the Museum since its arrival in 1929.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $222,370 (approved); $222,370 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2011 – 7/31/2013

University of Missouri Libraries (Kansas City, MO 64110)
Bonnie Postlethwaite (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50866-11
KMBC Audio Preservation and Access

The cataloging and digitization of 1,731 transcription discs containing 445 hours of radio broadcasting from Kansas City station KMBC dating from 1935 to 1950.

The KMBC Collection consists of radio broadcasts from 1935-50 recorded on 16" instantaneous-cut transcription discs containing a wealth of rare and unique items not held by other institutions or otherwise available. This collection is comprised of hundreds of one-of-a-kind news broadcasts from World War II that document the course of the war and include the voices of many historical figures of the period. To complement the documentary nature of this collection, recordings of locally-produced programming are featured. Cataloging these single discs will unlock their musical, literary, dramatic, and historical contents to researchers, faculty members, students, and the general public who for many years have desired to incorporate rare audio recordings into their research, teaching, and study. This project will digitally preserve fragile recordings and bring full names, correct titles, content, and subject access for the first time to recordings that are not currently accessible anywhere.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $127,536 (approved); $127,536 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2011 – 9/30/2012

Ohio State University (Columbus, OH 43210)
Susan Huntington (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50872-11
Imaging the Buddha

Cataloging and digitization of up to 124,200 color slides from the Huntington Photographic Archive of Buddhist and Asian Art, which contains photographs of pre-modern art, artifacts, and monuments.

Imaging the Buddha is a three-year project that will double the current collection of the Huntington Photographic Archive to 262,000 photographs taken by art historians John C. and Susan L. Huntington over the course of their field research in Asia from 1969-2009. All photographs are copyrighted to the Huntingtons and are being made available for Imaging the Buddha without restriction or cost. Digital masters will be made for preservation purposes, and, in addition, corrected first derivatives and accompanying metadata will be prepared for dissemination on the Archive’s live, online database free of cost to the public. Completion of this project will significantly enhance the study of Asian art, culture, and religion and foster education and research in the humanities from a variety of other disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Project fields: Asian Studies
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $175,000 (approved); $175,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 4/1/2012 – 3/31/2016

Columbia University (New York, NY 10027)
Ehsan Yarshater (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50882-11
Encyclopaedia Iranica [EI]

Preparation of the "Encyclopædia Iranica," a multi-disciplinary reference work and research tool on Iranian history and civilization from prehistory to the present.

The Encyclopaedia Iranica (EI) is a major Iranian Studies reference work dedicated to the study of Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. Intended for scholars, students and non-specialists, all entries are written with careful documentation and extensive bibliographies by leading scholars from many different countries. The EI is offered in a free digital edition (www.iranicaonline.org) and in print. Production and maintenance are coordinated and carried out by the staff of the Center for Iranian Studies at Columbia University. Thus far nearly 6,200 entries have been published, 700 of which are available only in the digital edition. During the two-year period of 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2013, the NEH grant will allow the project to continue with the production and development of the digital edition.

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Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $300,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2011 – 6/30/2013

University of Delaware (Newark, DE 19716-0099)
J. Ritchie Garrison (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50897-11
Sampler Archive Project

Development of an online digital repository and searchable database of images and descriptive information about American girlhood samplers and pictorial embroideries from the 17th through the 19th centuries.

The purpose of the Sampler Archive Project is to create an online digital repository and searchable database that brings together digital images and detailed descriptive information about American girlhood samplers and pictorial embroideries from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $300,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 9/1/2011 – 8/31/2014

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN 55455-0433)
Marguerite Ragnow (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50904-11
Revealing Maps: Preserving and Creating Access to the Bound Maps in the James Ford Bell Library Collection

Cataloging, digitization, and selective conservation of 30,000 maps bound into 11,000 rare books and atlases dating from 1350 to 1800. The maps would be searchable via a Web-accessible finding aid and an online image repository.

Revealing Maps is a three-year project proposed by the James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota to discover, inventory, digitize and make Web accessible 30,000 maps bound into 11,000 rare books and atlases of the early modern period (ca. 1350 CE-ca. 1800 CE) that are part of the James Ford Bell Library. We are requesting $349,665 in NEH funding to support this project. Revealing Maps focuses on providing access to this significant map collection via 1) a searchable, Web-accessible finding aid in which each map is fully described according to current bibliographic standards for cartographic materials, and 2) an online media repository, which will provide high-quality images in a flexible viewing environment. Links to the finding aid and the images will be embedded in the Bell Library's web site and tagged for easy access through Google and other search engines.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $300,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 6/1/2011 – 11/30/2015

American Folklore Society (Columbus, OH 43210)
Steve Green (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50910-11
National Folklore Archives Initiative

Documenting and providing access to information on American folklore collections held by more than 240 repositories in the United States.

The American Folklore Society, the 2,200-member learned society for the field of folklore studies, is requesting $342,865 to support the first stage of the National Folklore Archives Initiative (NFAI), which will document and provide access to information about folklore archival collections held by folklore programs at academic institutions, community-based cultural and ethnic organizations, non-profit organizations, and state government-based arts and cultural agencies in the United States.

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Project fields: Folklore and Folklife
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $257,819 (approved); $257,819 (awarded)
Grant period: 6/1/2011 – 5/31/2013

New York Botanical Garden (Bronx, NY 10458)
Susan Fraser (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50913-11
Cataloging and Digitizing the LuEsther T. Mertz Library's Nursery and Trade Catalog Collection

Cataloging of 58,000 nursery and seed trade catalogs dating from 1804 to the present and digitization of 1,700 catalogs in the public domain to be freely accessible online.

The New York Botanical Garden's The LuEsther T. Mertz Library, the most comprehensive botanical and horticultural library in the Americas, seeks funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to catalog all 58,000 items in its Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection and digitize the complete contents of 1,700 catalogs that were printed before 1923 and are in the public domain. The collection, one of the largest and most important of its kind in the United States, provides some of the earliest information available on the history and development of botany, horticulture, and commercial agriculture in the country. The proposed project is the largest cataloging and digitizing effort ever for a Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection in the United States, and will create an accessible, navigable, and comprehensive image and information resource for researchers studying plant science, horticulture, and related humanities fields.

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Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $320,000 (approved); $320,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 6/1/2011 – 8/31/2015

Chicago Botanic Garden (Glencoe, IL 60022)
Leora Siegel (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50915-11
Conserving and Creating Digital Access to Rare Botanical Volumes Dating from the 16th to the 20th Century

The digitization and selective conservation treatment of 45 rare and unique botanical volumes dating from the late sixteenth to the twentieth century, to be made publicly accessible via the Illinois Digital Archives.

The Chicago Botanic Garden seeks support for a three year project to digitally preserve and, where needed, conserve 45 rare botanical volumes formerly held by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. The project will fill gaps in the nation's collection of digital volumes in the humanities by adding openly accessible rare volumes of scholarly value and public interest that are nowhere else digitized and cannot be digitized without disbinding. As part of the collection of a living museum that is open freely to the public 365 days a year, the originals will become available for rare book exhibitions, children's and adult education classes, and viewing in the rare book room. The project will promote the MHS collection as a whole when it disseminates news of the digitized volumes and narrates the history of the collection on the Chicago Botanic Garden's website and in its publications, at academic conferences, and through professional and academic listservs.

Project fields: Museum Studies or Historical Preservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $172,000 (approved); $172,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2011 – 4/30/2015

Historical Society of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA 19107-5699)
Matthew Lyons (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50928-11
Processing, Conserving, and Digitizing Ethnic History Collections for the Digital Center for Americana

The arrangement, description, and digitization of 21 archival collections, totaling approximately 70 linear feet, pertaining to the history of immigration and ethnicity from the colonial period through the early 2000s, with emphasis on the Philadelphia region.

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania seeks funding to arrange, preserve, describe, and digitize twenty-one manuscript collections that document ethnic diversity in the United States, with an emphasis on the greater Philadelphia region. Specifically this project aims to: a)support ethnic history research by improving access to selected high research value collections; b)increase the international visibility of HSP's significant holdings on ethnic and immigrant history; c)add 17,000 images to HSP's digital collection and shift the focus from digital "signposts" used for description to digital surrogates of whole collections with which users can conduct in-depth primary research online; d)enable HSP to implement a relatively new methodology for efficient mass digitization of manuscript materials, and build an interface and system to support it using open source software; and e)plan a user study to test the effectiveness different digitization and processing methodologies.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $160,000 (approved); $160,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2011 – 8/31/2012

Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA 19101-7646)
William Weinstein (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50931-11
Digitization of the Decorative Arts Collections in Study-Storage

Digital photography of 9,858 American and European decorative arts objects and the addition of images with accompanying cataloging information to the museum's online collections database. The digital content would be freely available for use by scholarly, educational, and general audiences.

This proposal seeks a grant of $228,080 over two years to support the digital publication of the American and European decorative arts collections that remain in study-storage and are consequently not available to the public. Significant portions of the decorative arts holdings date from the founding of the PMA in 1877, comprising collections of exceptional coherence and integrity. While these collections total 12,041 objects, approximately two thirds of European origin and one third American, 9,858 have yet to be photographed and published online. The proposed project would photograph these objects, vet object information, add the images and update the information in the Museum’s object database The Museum System (TMS), and upload the content to the website and to online libraries such as ARTstor. The new digital content would amplify the Museum’s capacity to meet internal and external research needs, and enrich its educational and interpretive resources.

Project fields: Archival Management and Conservation
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $228,080 (approved); $228,080 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2011 – 6/30/2013

New York Public Library (New York, NY 10018)
Elizabeth Denlinger (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50939-11
Shelley-Godwin Archive

Creation of an electronic archive comprising the manuscripts and early editions of the English Romantic writers Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. The project would draw on materials held by English and American libraries with the technical collaboration of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH).

The New York Public Library (NYPL) proposes to create an electronic Shelley-Godwin Archive comprising the works of Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. The Archive will draw primarily from the two foremost collections of these materials, those of the Bodleian Library of the University of Oxford and The Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle at NYPL. It will also include working notebooks of P.B. Shelley held at the Huntington, Harvard, and the British Library. The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) will develop the Archive's technological infrastructure, which will build on that developed for the Shakespeare Quartos Archive. With the creation of the Archive, manuscripts and important early editions of these four writers will be made freely available to the public via an archival framework constituting a new model of best practice for research libraries.

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Project fields: Literature, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $300,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2011 – 6/30/2015

Bessemer Historical Society (Pueblo, CO 81001)
Timorhy Hawkins (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50943-11
Colorado Fuel and Iron Archive Minnequa Steel Works and Steelworkers Project

The preservation, arrangement, and description of 400 linear feet of records and the digitization of selected photographs pertaining to the Minnequa Steel Works, a subsidiary of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company, located in Pueblo, Colorado.

The Bessemer Historical Society (BHS) requests $271,080 in funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for a two year project to expand and improve the arrangement, description, preservation and accessibility of the CF&I Archive. BHS proposes funding to process records of the CF&I Minnequa Steel Works, the steel mill in Pueblo, Colorado. The final product of this grant will be: 400 boxes of papers from selected record groups arranged and described at a folder level; 1000 photographs scanned, cataloged at an item level, and accessible online; 1000 architectural drawings re-housed and cataloged at an item level; 300 leather bound financial ledgers cleaned, re-housed, and catalogued at an item level; 150-16mm films rewound on plastic cores, re-housed in archival film cans and cataloged at an item level. All EAD catalog records and digital objects will be accessible online.

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Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $250,000 (approved); $250,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 8/1/2011 – 7/31/2013

University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA 90089-0012)
Dace Taube (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50952-11
Invisible L.A.: Documenting the Early 20th Century in the Dick Whittington Photographic Collection

Digitization of 34,000 nitrate negatives showing historic images of Los Angeles, taken by the Dick Whittington Studio from 1924 to 1934.

Through Invisible L.A.: Documenting the Early 20th Century in USC's Dick Whittington Photographic Collection, the USC Libraries will digitize 34,000 historic images of Los Angeles, ensure their long-term preservation, and provide online access via the USC Digital Library at digitallibrary.usc.edu. The fragile nitrate negatives selected for the project provide an irreplaceable visual record of Los Angeles from 1924 to 1934, including architectural landmarks and landscape features that were lost with the city's rapid growth. The Whittington collection documents everything from the construction of the Leimert Park community in South L.A. to factories in the garment district and cultural events in 1930s Chinatown. Giving a comprehensive overview of L.A.'s most significant commercial photography studio, Invisible L.A. has tremendous value for documenting L.A.'s material and social history. It will support numerous cultural programs and research and teaching projects.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $296,868 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2011 – 12/31/2013

University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0001)
David Seubert (Project Director, 07/19/2010 - present)
PW-50959-11
Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings (EDVR)

Continuing work on the comprehensive Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings (1900-1950) that would add 42,000 entries from 1930 to 1940 to the Internet database of gramaphone recordings made by the Victor Talking Machine Company.

The Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings (EDVR) is a comprehensive online resource that documents both the daily recording activities and all 78-rpm disc releases of the largest record company in the U.S., Victor Records, from 1900 to 1950. The online database currently documents more than 48,000 recording events, and by April 2011, with funding provided by NEH, it will include edited data on 82,000 recording sessions through 1930. An audio player will be added in the fall of 2010 to stream digitized recordings. Further support from the Endowment will enable the editing of another ten years (1931-1940) of data as well as the addition to the online database of the recordings made by Victor's corporate predecessor, the Berliner Gramophone Co., between 1892 and 1900.

Project fields: Music History and Criticism
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $298,970 (awarded)
Grant period: 5/1/2011 – 5/31/2014

Emory University (Atlanta, GA 30322-1018)
David Eltis (Project Director, 09/23/2011 - present)
PW-51254-11
The Origins of Identities of Africans Entering the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Supplement funding is requested for the following: For additional research in Sierra Leone, Freetown, and London. To integrate the London and Sierra Leone registers. To accomodate new photographic material. Administrative support to allow retention of services of project manager for six months.

Project fields: U.S. History
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $27,000 (approved); $27,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 10/1/2011 – 6/30/2013

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