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PW-253714-17

George Washington University (Washington, DC 20052-0001)
Christopher Brick (Project Director: 07/18/2016 to present)

The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers: Audio Edition

Proposal to transcribe, digitize, curate and publish 145 Hours of Eleanor Roosevelt audio materials to the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers (ERP) website.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$95,000 (approved)
$95,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2019


PW-253715-17

Ohio Historical Society (Columbus, OH 43211-2474)
Lily Birkhimer (Project Director: 07/18/2016 to present)

Little Stories of the Great War: Ohioans in World War I

The digitization of 5,000 items related to Ohio’s experiences of  World War I, including photographs, letters, diaries, journals, government records, posters and advertisements, leading to the creation of a statewide collection for researchers, educators, and the public.

The Ohio History Connection (OHC), formerly the Ohio Historical Society, seeks support in the amount of $171,849 for a two year Humanities Collections and Reference Resources implementation grant entitled Little Stories of the Great War: Ohioans in World War I. The goal of the project is to develop a comprehensive statewide digital collection of World War I (WWI) materials in order to increase access to and use of WWI scholarly and primary sources. Accompanying educational resources will also be developed, and the final digital collection will support upcoming commemoration efforts for the centennial of United States (U.S.) involvement in the conflict and the role played by Ohio.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$171,849 (approved)
$171,849 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2019


PW-253754-17

Museum of the City of New York (New York, NY 10029-5287)
Morgen Stevens Garmon (Project Director: 07/18/2016 to present)

Discovering the Yankee Doodle Boy: Digitization of the Edward B. Marks Music Company Collection on George M. Cohan

The archival processing of the Edward B. Marks Music Company Collection, including 900 scripts, scores, and parts, as well as the digitization of up to 750 items, which would be made available through the Museum of the City of New York’s digital collections portal. The collection represents the largest group of materials on the American composer, songster, and musical theater figure George M. Cohan (1878­–1942).

The Museum of the City of New York seeks an implementation grant of $129,467 for a two-year, $259,816 project to improve stewardship of and increase public access to approximately 900 scripts, scores, and published sheet music that make up the Edward B. Marks Music Company Collection on George M. Cohan.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$129,467 (approved)
$129,467 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2019


PW-253761-17

Go For Broke National Education Center (Los Angeles, CA 90012-3901)
Summer Espinoza (Project Director: 07/18/2016 to 06/15/2017)
Linh Do (Project Director: 06/15/2017 to present)

The Segregated Japanese American Military Units of World War II: Access to Veteran Moving Image Oral Histories

The digitization and free online accessibility of 800 video oral history interviews of veterans of Japanese American military units in World War II.

This is an 18-month project for digitization and segment level indexing of 800 moving image oral history interviews of Japanese American veterans who served in segregated units during World War II, while many had families imprisoned in War Relocation Authority incarceration camps. The broadcast-quality interviews, collected across the US beginning in 1998, capture the experiences of JA veterans who served throughout the European and Pacific Theaters. The videotapes will be digitized to archival standards at the University of Southern California Digital Repository. GFB has implemented a highly-searchable web-based digital platform that integrates University of Kentucky's Oral History Metadata Synchronizer and open source Omeka web publishing platform. Segment level indexing will allow researchers to search by topic and keyword and be connected to specific moments in an interview, thus eliminating research time sitting through playback to locate relevant video segments.

Project fields:
Asian American Studies; Military History; U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$193,080 (approved)
$193,080 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 10/31/2018


PW-253766-17

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, VA 24061-2000)
Edward Gitre (Project Director: 07/19/2016 to present)

The American Soldier Collaborative Digital Archive

A planning project to develop a digital archive of 60,000 survey forms containing personal observations and opinions of soldiers, produced during World War II, gathered by the U.S. War Department and used for the four-volume publication The American Soldier (1949-50).

Our project will make available to scholars and to the public a remarkable collection of written reflections on war and the armed forces by American soldiers who fought in the Second World War. During the conflict, the War Department's Research Branch surveyed approximately half a million service personnel. Respondents were asked about myriad topics, from the effectiveness of training to the preference of fabrics used in uniforms. Service personnel were also provided space to write frankly about their other concerns. Until now, only by visiting the National Archives could one read the 60,000-plus anonymous "free text" captured by the Branch. Virginia Tech and Cornell University will build an online digital archive that reunites the branches’ social scientific data and these free-text responses. We will also provide a tool that will allow students, scholars, and the public to transcribe and analyze digitized free-text responses, so as to render the text searchable and thus accessible.

Project fields:
Military History; U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2018


PW-253774-17

New-York Historical Society (New York, NY 10024-5152)
Henry Raine (Project Director: 07/19/2016 to 04/25/2017)
Matthew Murphy (Project Director: 04/25/2017 to present)

Access to the Rare Book Collection at the New-York Historical Society: Phase One

The New-York Historical Society requests a grant of $350,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to catalog approximately 6,750 items in its Rare Book Collection dating from 1601 to 1800. This two-year project constitutes Phase One of a four-year effort to address the cataloging of items in the Rare Book Collection that are uncataloged, minimally cataloged, or in need of verification. Through precise and enhanced cataloging of the Rare Book Collection, researchers around the world will discover previously uncataloged rare books, be able to identify which editions, issues, and states the Library holds, access important copy-specific information, and connect from the Library's holdings of rare books to related collections of manuscripts, almanacs, newspapers, broadsides, and maps at the N-YHS and other libraries around the world. This substantial increase in intellectual access will inform ongoing research and inspire new research projects.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$215,000 (approved)
$215,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2017 – 11/30/2018


PW-253848-17

New York City Department of Records & Information Services (New York, NY 10007-1210)
Sylvia Kollar (Project Director: 07/19/2016 to present)

New York City Health Commissioner Records, 1929-1991, Processing Project

Folder-level processing and description of 831 cubic feet of records created by successive commissioners of the New York City Department of Health from 1929 through 1991.

The Municipal Archives requests Endowment support for an implementation project to process and describe a significant series of records, totaling approximately 831 cubic feet, created by successive Commissioners of the New York City Department of Health, from 1929 through 1991.  The significance of the collection derives from the pre-eminence of the City's Health Department as it defined the role and scope of public health services, not only locally, but for the entire nation.  Although the records are in good condition and the original order is intact, there is not a useful inventory or content description, and the original containers are acidic and damaging to the materials.  The purpose of this application will consist of processing the materials, creating a finding guide and identification of documents for future digitization in a second phase.  The proposed work plan specifies that all project activities will be performed in-house.  The project timetable is twelve months.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$107,215 (approved)
$107,215 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2017 – 6/30/2018


PW-253781-17

American Numismatic Society (New York, NY 10013-1917)
Peter van Alfen (Project Director: 07/19/2016 to present)

Hellenistic Royal Coinage

Implementing Hellenistic Royal Coinage (HRC) is a three-year project that aims to publish fully online, for the first time, a major reference collection of 21,311 coins produced under Alexander the Great, the Seleucids of Syria, and the Ptolemies of Egypt between c. 336 and 30 BCE, and to create an extensive, open access, online typology of these coinages interlinked with critical, digitized archival resources held at the American Numismatic Society.

Project fields:
Classical History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$262,000 (approved)
$262,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 5/30/2020


PW-253676-17

University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA 90095-9000)
Nancy Shawcross (Project Director: 07/13/2016 to 07/28/2017)
Philip Palmer (Project Director: 07/28/2017 to present)

Digitizing Annotated Books, 1472-1814

The digitization of 76,600 pages of annotated printed books dating from 1472-1814.  The selected pages have extensive contemporary (or near-contemporary) manuscript additions, which include reading notes, proofreaders’ and/or printers’ marks, scholarly commentary, drawings, and pen trials.  In addition, 279 original catalog records would be created for the annotations, and the digital content would be made accessible through Calisphere, the California Digital Library’s website, as well as through the Digital Public Library of America.

UCLA's Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies, which administers the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, seeks to produce and make freely available on the Internet digital facsimiles of 76,600 pages—containing more than 2.5 million (2,500,000) handwritten words—of the Clark's copiously or extensively annotated printed books from the hand-press era. The facsimiles will be hosted by the California Digital Library (CDL) on its website, Calisphere. Metadata about and links to the facsimiles will be harvested by the Digital Public Library of America and be freely available to other sites and scholarly endeavors. Complete sets of the 600- or 400-dpi TIFF files created by the project will be archivally stored by both the UCLA Digital Library and CDL. Metadata already gathered about the nature and extent of the annotations will be made available through original cataloging records created in OCLC during the course of the project.

Project fields:
British Literature; European History; Western Civilization

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 10/31/2018


PW-253771-17

University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205)
Grant Frame (Project Director: 07/19/2016 to present)

Completing the Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period

RINAP, which began in July 2008, has already posted online and published four volumes from the period 744-669 BCE, and will have a fifth posted online and ready for the publisher around the beginning of the proposed grant period. Its aim for the two-year period 2017-19 is to make available online all of the extant sources for Assyria's last kings, publish a sixth volume, complete work on a seventh and final volume, as well as to broaden the scope of the project's web content, making it more accessible to the general public. This will complete the work of the RINAP project.

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Project fields:
Near and Middle Eastern Languages

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
7/1/2017 – 6/30/2019


PW-253797-17

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Matthew Cohen (Project Director: 07/19/2016 to present)

Walt Whitman's Annotations

The addition of 1,400 new documents, updates to the database of Whitman’s reading, and creation of curated theme portals for the Walt Whitman Archive.

America's most famous poet, Walt Whitman, left behind an unusual and extraordinary collection of marginalia and annotations. This hitherto uncollected and largely unpublished set of extraordinarily diverse and sophisticated documents shows America's most famous poet in-the-making. With NEH support, we published 800 pages of these documents in 2015, and for the first time, by way of the freely accessible Walt Whitman Archive, students, scholars, and casual readers are now able to explore Whitman's self-education, through his reactions to the literature, history, science, theology, and art of his time. Having achieved our goals for that grant, we now apply for NEH funding to preserve and give free public electronic access to more of Walt Whitman's manuscript annotations. We apply for two years of implementation funding to publish 1400 more pages of documents, update our database of Whitman's reading, and create curated thematic subsections to draw more attention to the project.

Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$126,301 (approved)
$125,961 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 12/31/2019


PW-253801-17

University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA 90089-0012)
Joseph Hawkins (Project Director: 07/19/2016 to present)

The Pre-Stonewall LGBTQ Memory Project

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries will digitize for free online public access 87,200 pages of records from the Mattachine Society and ONE Inc. that reveal hidden facets of LGBTQ American life during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.

Project fields:
American Studies; Gender Studies; U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
7/1/2017 – 6/30/2019


PW-253826-17

Hamilton College (Clinton, NY 13323-1295)
Doran Larson (Project Director: 07/19/2016 to present)

The American Prison Writing Archive

We seek funding to support The American Prison Writing Archive (APWA), the largest and first fully searchable digital archive of first-person, non-fiction essays by incarcerated people and prison workers writing about their experience inside. Currently holding over 1,100 essays in its paper files, and gathering 1,200 more before and during the grant period, the APWA fills a yawning gap in the literature on a prison-jail system that holds 2.26 million Americans and affects millions of others. Based in first-person narratives, the APWA will re-open the prison to humanities scholars sidelined from prison studies in face of the sheer size of the U.S. prison system. It will build and maintain a national, collaborative archive serving scholarly and general audiences, and it will bring together faculty and students, library and technology specialists, and members of the larger community to develop the most innovative and sustainable digital features to serve all interested parties.

Project fields:
American Studies; Area Studies

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$262,000 (approved)
$262,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2017 – 6/30/2020


PW-253692-17

University of Massachusetts, Lowell (Lowell, MA 01854-2827)
Sue Kim (Project Director: 07/15/2016 to present)

The Southeast Asian Digital Archives

The University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) requests $265,643 to establish the Southeast Asian Digital Archives (SEADA) by processing and digitizing eight archival collections documenting the rich history of Southeast Asian (SEA) refugees in the greater Lowell, Massachusetts, region in the late 20th century. UML's Library and Center for Asian American Studies will collaborate with several community organizations to better understand the histories and cultures of Southeast Asian Americans by collecting, documenting, preserving, and making publicly accessible the vast public and personal materials that are currently in danger of being damaged, lost, or discarded.

Project fields:
Asian American Studies

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$239,000 (approved)
$239,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2019


PW-253842-17

National Yiddish Book Center (Amherst, MA 01002-3375)
Christa Whitney (Project Director: 07/19/2016 to present)

Yiddish Book Center Wexler Oral History Project

The Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project seeks funding to enhance access to its growing digital collection of oral history interviews about Yiddish language and culture in the non-ultra-orthodox Jewish community. We propose a project with four components: 1) preparation of extant indices for public viewing; 2) standardization of metadata through creation of controlled vocabulary lists and compliance with an internationally accepted metadata schema (MODS or other); 3) transcription of all of our English-language interviews; and 4) integration of transcripts, indices, associated materials, and metadata into the public viewer experience on our website, utilizing the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) viewer.

Project fields:
Jewish Studies; Social Sciences, Other

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$270,000 (approved)
$170,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 5/31/2020


PW-253887-17

Documentary Educational Resources (Watertown, MA 02472-2554)
Alice Apley (Project Director: 07/19/2016 to present)
Jennifer Cool (Co Project Director: 03/29/2017 to present)

Cinepedia Ethnographica: An Online Expert- and User-Generated Union Catalog for Ethnographic Film

Planning for the development of a centralized online catalog for ethnographic and folklore films from around the world.  The project would result in a metadata schema, workflow for enhancing catalog records, and a governance structure to maintain a digital resource that would serve a wide audience of researchers, film archivists, teachers, students, and members of the public.

This is a proposal to conduct planning and development for the creation of Cinepedia Ethnographica, an expert and user-generated online resource for new and historical ethnographic and folklore films. The principal activities of this grant period are intended to demonstrate the feasibility of creating an open access, union catalog of ethnographic film and to develop a comprehensive, strategic plan for implementation in the next stage of the project. These activities include the development of a metadata schema specific to ethnographic film; workflows for importing, creating, and enhancing catalog records; a partnership strategy to ensure sustainability; and a governance structure and editorial policies for expansion and enhancement. The outcomes of this work lay the foundation for building a collaborative, union catalog that makes ethnographic and folklore films discoverable, searchable, and sharable in new ways and by new publics.

Project fields:
Anthropology; Media Studies

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2017 – 11/30/2018


PW-253678-17

University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
James Kuhn (Project Director: 07/13/2016 to present)

Writers Without Borders: Creating Global Access to the PEN International and English PEN Records

The Harry Ransom Center (HRC) at The University of Texas at Austin requests support in the amount of $245,694 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a two-year project to arrange, describe, and selectively digitize the PEN Records and share them with the global community. The story of twentieth-century political activism, persecution, and creative expression cannot be fully understood without exploring the rich materials in the PEN Records at the HRC. The archives of PEN International and English PEN offer unique insight into human rights crises and document important cultural, historical, and literary debates of the last century. They illustrate in vivid and compelling ways why the humanities are integral to questions of equality, social justice, and freedom of expression and how humanists can successfully and powerfully engage in the public square.

Project fields:
History, General; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Literature, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$195,000 (approved)
$195,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 8/31/2019


PW-253706-17

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond, VA 23220-4007)
Stephen Bonadies (Project Director: 07/15/2016 to present)

Digitization of the Louis Draper Papers and Archives

Cataloging and digitization of the archive of Louis Draper, an African American photographer and educator, who captured the urban life of African-Americans, mostly in New York City, over the latter half of the 20th century.  Draper’s archive consists of 20 linear feet of prints, negatives, contact sheets, color and black and white slides, as well as photographic equipment, notebooks, and manuscripts.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) seeks a grant from the NEH: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Implementation program in the amount of $173,833 for a 29-month project to digitize, preserve and disseminate the entire archive of the important 20th-century African American photographer and educator, Louis Draper. Containing over 50,000 objects, the Draper archive is the most significant acquisition in the history of the VMFA Archives. Through this project, VMFA will improve its stewardship and care of this comprehensive archival collection and its associated content.

Project fields:
African American Studies; Art History and Criticism

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$173,833 (approved)
$173,833 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2017 – 11/30/2019


PW-253911-17

Performa, Inc. (New York, NY 10011-0028)
RoseLee Goldberg (Project Director: 07/21/2016 to present)

Preservation of Original Video and Audio Recordings

A project to plan for a Website that would provide access to Performa’s archive of performance-based art works representing over 700 artists, dating from 2004 to the present. The archive includes more than 500 hours of original video recordings, 500 hours of sound recordings, over 150,000 photographs, and physical and digital ephemera such as artist renderings and curatorial correspondence documenting the production and presentation of works in Performa Biennial Visual Arts Performances.

Funding is requested to help facilitate the discovery process, planning, and prototyping towards development of a website for the presentation of materials from Performa's archive. The archive has recently been acquired by New York University's Fales Library, who will begin the process of cataloging and digitizing the archive in Fall 2016, preserving all materials for posterity and making the archive available to researchers at the Fales. Planning is underway to make the archive available via an accessible interactive digital platform for broader audiences as well. Conceived of as a "living archive" the website will encourage research and critical dialogue on interdisciplinary performance practice, fulfilling a crucial aspect of Performa's mission of providing audiences with direct access to artists and providing the intellectual tools necessary to understand and critique performance-based art and thereby interpret the artistic and cultural shifts occurring in the world around us.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/7/2017 – 5/31/2018


PW-253878-17

Country Music Foundation, Inc. (Nashville, TN 37203-4206)
Lee Boulie (Project Director: 07/19/2016 to present)

Audio Tape Collection Preservation and Digitization Project

The assessment and digitization of 4,500 hours of audio recordings that trace the history and development of country and American vernacular music.


The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (CMHFM) seeks support through the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program to assess the contents of its quarter-inch audio tape collection, and to digitize and make publicly accessible 4,500 hours of rare, fragile, and valuable recordings from this collection. This audio tape digitization project builds on the Museum's successful digitization of acetate transcription discs, complementing that collection with new commercial, demo, broadcast, and performance recordings that trace the history and evolution of country and American vernacular music. This pilot project will assess the full audio tape collection of 21,632 quarter-inch reels and digitize nearly 10% of the collection for preservation and public access. The project will also make a significant selection of previously-unavailable recordings accessible for humanities research through digital access and cataloging and finding aids.

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

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$150,999 (approved)
$150,999 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2020


PW-253795-17

American Folk Art Museum (New York, NY 10019-5401)
Valerie Rousseau (Project Director: 07/19/2016 to present)

Planning to Digitize and Create Broad Online Access to the Henry Darger Papers

Planning for the preservation and digitization of 38 cubic feet of manuscripts, scrapbooks, and other materials from the papers of American folk artist Henry Darger (1892-1973).

The American Folk Art Museum is the home to the single largest public repository of works by Henry Darger (1892-1973), one of the most significant self-taught artists of the 20th century. The Darger Papers collection totals 38 cubic feet and includes his epic 15,145-page novel called "The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion", other manuscripts including his autobiography and journals, scrapbooks, and 12 cubic feet of source materials used by the artist to make hundreds of large-scale illustrations for the "Realms." The manuscripts have never been published and are fragile, making access difficult and necessitating minimal handling. The grant will be used to consult with copyright and technical specialists, determine which materials will be digitized, complete a conservation survey, convene a panel of Darger scholars, and consult with digital humanities experts.

Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2018


PW-253855-17

Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA 19101-7646)
Susan Anderson (Project Director: 07/19/2016 to present)

Building a Duchamp Research Portal at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art respectfully requests a three-year $350,000 NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Implementation Grant to support the creation of an online research portal to provide access to digitized archival materials created by or related to Marcel Duchamp. The Duchamp Research Portal will unify the Museum's voluminous digitized holdings with those of our two partner institutions—the Association Marcel Duchamp and the Musée national d'art moderne Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris)—making the bulk of Duchamp's archival materials, consisting of approximately 60,516 documents, accessible and discoverable through a single interface built on Linked Open Data. The Portal will constitute a learning resource of incalculable value, one we anticipate will generate substantial new contributions to scholarship on the life and work of one of the twentieth century's most significant artists.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Arts, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
7/1/2017 – 6/30/2020


PW-253793-17

National Public Radio, Inc. (Washington, DC 20001-3740)
Laura Soto Barra (Project Director: 07/19/2016 to present)

Unreeling History: Preserving and Providing Access to "All Things Considered," 1971-1983

The National Public Radio, Inc., (NPR) Research, Archives & Data Strategy team (RAD) seeks a grant of $350,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize, preserve and provide public access to early All Things Considered radio broadcasts. All Things Considered was public radio’s first national program and featured the most important events, people and stories of its time. In 1972, the program made history when host Susan Stamberg became the first woman in America to anchor a national news broadcast. All Things Considered programming provides both the primary-source material and context to build a richer understanding of American history, culture, communications, sound studies, journalism and the cross-disciplinary studies of gender, race and class. By capturing the sounds and voices of the past, the program provides an immediate window into history.

Project fields:
Journalism; Media Studies; U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 12/31/2019


PW-253708-17

Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound (Seattle, WA,, WA 98104-1850)
Rachel Price (Project Director: 07/15/2016 to present)

Magnetic Media in the Pacific Northwest: Saving our Visual Media

The appraisal and digitization of audiovisual collections held by members of the Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound (MIPoPS) regional consortium, including materials documenting Pacific Northwest history, Native American languages and cultures, and the history of industry in the region. The four participating institutions would participate in training to build their capacity for the stewardship and preservation of audiovisual collections.

The urgency of digitizing audio and videotape is a critical concern for professional moving image archivists. Magnetic media tapes have a lifespan of twenty to thirty years from the date they were created; tapes in archives across the country are reaching the end of their lifespan. Based on a 2015–16 pilot program, MIPoPS is poised to address the magnetic media crisis in the Pacific Northwest on a larger scale. This grant proposes assisting four institutions with videotape in their holdings preserve a portion of their visual history, by targeting specific collections that have not been preserved or made accessible: University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives, University of Washington Special Collections, Museum of History and Industry and Wing Luke Museum. Participants will work with MIPoPS to digitize video of high research value, creating preservation quality digital surrogates, while also providing important access to previously hidden collections.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$136,500 (approved)
$136,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2019


PW-253730-17

Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System (Madison, WI 53715-1218)
Matthew Edney (Project Director: 07/18/2016 to present)

History of Cartography Project

We request an implementation grant for July 2017-June 2019 through NEH's Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program and Common Good initiative to advance the final two volumes of The History of Cartography, a reference encyclopedia. Work planned includes careful review of the production of Volume 4 by the University of Chicago Press (for publication June 2019) and extensive editorial preparation of Volume 5 (for press submission February 2020). This award-winning series is the only comprehensive and reliable reference work to study the people, cultures, and societies that have produced and used maps from prehistory to the present. It provides intellectual access to the complex world of maps for scholars and the public. It promotes and sustains the humanistic interpretation of maps as evidentiary source materials. Experienced editors, contributors, and staff thoroughly research and rigorously check its content. The Press publishes print, e-book, and free online editions.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$315,000 (approved)
$155,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2017 – 6/30/2019


PW-253751-17

Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (New York , NY 10128-0173)
Kate Sloss (Project Director: 07/18/2016 to present)

Guggenheim Listening: A Reel to Reel Project

A project to digitize 400 audio recordings on reel-to-reel tapes made between 1952 and 1990 that feature artist interviews, panel discussions, poetry readings, and experimental music performances.


To support Guggenheim Listening: A Reel to Reel Project, to make 400 audio recordings made between 1952 and 1990 available to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's visitors and to the public.  Once the reels are digitized and made public, we estimate that over 29,000 people will listen to the recordings.

Project fields:
Arts, General; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$85,168 (approved)
$85,168 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2018


PW-253799-17

Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ 85281-3670)
Keith Kintigh (Project Director: 07/19/2016 to present)

Digital Archive of Huhugam Archaeology

The Digital Archive of Huhugam Archaeology will contain digital copies of 1600 major archaeological reports—with 400,000 pages—on the Huhugam (Hohokam) culture of Arizona, known for its enormous irrigation systems and large, sustainable towns. Coupled with new methods of text analysis, this comprehensive archive will transform scholars' ability to answer questions about Huhugam society and will provide crucial long-term data for comparative studies. It will give Indigenous communities access to a wealth of archaeological research on ancestral populations. The general public will obtain information about this fascinating ancient culture by directly accessing the digital archive. Archive development is guided by a crowd-sourced survey and workshops designed to understand the needs of diverse users. The archive will be curated by tDAR, an established digital repository that provides free Web discovery and access to its holdings and pursues a robust program of digital data preservation.

Project fields:
Archaeology; Cultural History; Native American Studies

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$295,000 (approved)
$295,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2017 – 12/31/2019


PW-253719-17

University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA 15260-6133)
Ruth Mostern (Project Director: 07/18/2016 to present)

World-Historical Gazetteer

This is a project to create content, standards and digital infrastructure for a World-Historical Gazetteer (WHG): a spatially and temporally comprehensive index of significant world historical place names (a Spine), and a system for collaborative digital and data-driven historical scholarship at the global scale (an Ecosystem).  It focuses significantly but not exclusively on the centuries since 1500, so as to dovetail with synergistic efforts devoted to the ancient and medieval world.

Project fields:
Geography; History, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2020


PW-253734-17

Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture (Williamsburg, VA 23187-8781)
Karin Wulf (Project Director: 07/18/2016 to present)

The Georgian Papers Programme: Transatlantic Access and Discovery Planning Stage

A planning and pilot project to develop metadata standards and evaluate tools for enabling full-text online access to the papers of King George III and other members of the Georgian royal family, dating from 1713 to 1830.

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture (OI), in association with an international team of collaborators requests support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through a Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR) grant for planning and pilot work in preparation for comprehensive, robust online discovery of the Georgian Papers in the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle.  The Georgian Papers Programme (GPP), is a partnership between the Royal Collection Trust and King's College London, and is joined by primary United States partners the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the College of William & Mary.  In a long-range initiative the GPP will digitize and disseminate the Georgian Papers in overlapping stages of discovery, access and interpretation. This application is for support of the Transatlantic Access and Discovery Planning Stage of the project.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2018


PW-253804-17

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Matthew Gibson (Project Director: 07/19/2016 to 06/28/2017)
Susan Perdue (Project Director: 06/28/2017 to present)

A Federated Resource for Eastern Shore Heritage: A Project of the Eastern Shore Museum Network

Planning for a federated resource that will link historical archives and artifact collections in 14 museums and historical societies on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Building on the existing Eastern Shore Museum Network, the applicant would assess the holdings of each institution, develop strategies to manage and create access to the holdings, and design a Website to integrate each of the humanities collections.

The primary objective of FRESH, the project proposed here, is to lay the groundwork for federated access to the collections of the members of the Eastern Shore Museum Network (ESMN), thus the project name, Federated Resource for Eastern Shore Heritage. We strongly believe that the work proposed here will establish the necessary groundwork for creating an internet-accessible resource to bring the rich history of the Eastern Shore of Virginia to the public, as well as, students and scholars. To establish this groundwork we will have three types of activities: 1. creation of a detailed assessment of the holdings of the ESMN institutions; 2. development of the intellectual control scheme for the holdings from the perspectives of both repository management and public access, and 3. the creation of the initial design of a public access interface providing themes that weave across institutions, yet present individual artifacts in the context of the holding institution.

Project fields:
History, General; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$49,793 (approved)
$49,793 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2018


PW-253912-17

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL 61820-5711)
Bethany Anderson (Project Director: 07/21/2016 to present)

The Cybernetics Thought Collective: A History of Science and Technology Portal Project

A planning and pilot project to establish a collaborative digital archive for sources related to the cybernetics movement of the mid-late 20th century, derived from collections held by the American Philosophical Society, the British Library, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Archives, and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne Archives.

The proposed Foundations project seeks to build collaborative relationships between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, American Philosophical Society, British Library, and MIT Institute Archives & Special Collections, to digitize and enhance access to cybernetics archives, and to assess the potential of advanced machine-learning methods to enhance their access and use. Specific work undertaken will include (1) selective digitization of archival material that exposes research networks of communication and thought and idea exchange; (2) creation and remediation of metadata; (3) preservation and basic access through established systems; and (4) initial testing and assessment of annotation, entity extraction, and network analysis tools in a prototype platform. We believe these approaches can enhance access not only to cybernetics material, but any large corpus of unstructured textual documents, and NEH support will help us explore these nascent possibilities.

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

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$49,973 (approved)
$49,973 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2018


PW-253873-17

Northwestern University (Evanston, IL 60208-0001)
Carolyn Caizzi (Project Director: 07/19/2016 to present)

The Digital Berkeley Folk Music Festival Collection

The Digital Berkeley Folk Music Festival Collection is a project led by Northwestern University Libraries to digitize, describe, and provide free online access to over 36,000 photographs, documents, posters, audio recordings, film footage, and ephemera from the Berkeley Folk Music Festival, 1958-1970, for public and scholarly exploration, examination, and experimentation. A robust and exhaustive resource curated by the festival's founder and director, Barry Olivier, the Berkeley Folk Music Festival Collection provides insight into the 1960s folk music revival, high arts and vernacular culture, music festival operations and culture, workshop pedagogy, and activism. Beyond that, the digitization, description, and publication of this collection opens up possibilities of exploring a wide range of humanities themes in 1960s America: tradition and disruptive technology; performance and archiving of cultural heritage; modernity, commerce, and community; bohemianism; higher education history; and Cold War history and culture.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$297,000 (approved)
$297,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2020


PW-253694-17

University of Houston (Houston, TX 77204-0001)
Nicolas Kanellos (Project Director: 07/15/2016 to present)

Survey of Hispanic Materials in Small Historical Societies, Libraries, and Museums

A planning project, conducted by the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage program, to survey small libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies in several states in the Southwest that house documentation on Hispanic/Latino history and culture, resulting in an online directory and printed publication of a guide to these collections.

The University of Houston seeks support for a Foundations-level project to identify and develop institution-level descriptions for small cultural heritage repositories in order to assess their Hispanic/Latino holdings and the conditions in which they are held, and to inform the interested community of the existence of these holdings. The proposed survey will be the basis for creating a guide to these materials and will represent a first step in making them accessible as well as improving the conditions in which they are held. The Survey of Small Historical Societies, Libraries and Museums for Hispanic Materials and Their Management will constitute an entirely free database accessible through the "Hispanic Collections" website of Special Collections and the Arte Publico Press website, both of the University of Houston.

Project fields:
Hispanic American Studies; Latino History; Spanish Language

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2018


PW-253755-17

University of California, San Francisco (San Francisco, CA 94143-2203)
Polina Ilieva (Project Director: 07/18/2016 to present)

Digitizing and Providing Access to Historical AIDS Records

The University of California, San Francisco, Library, collaborating with San Francisco Public Library and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society, will digitize 150,000 pages from 49 archival collections related to the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the Bay Area and make them widely accessible to the public on the Internet. These collections document the activities, in the mid-1980s, of hospitals, health-care providers, activists, and organizations whose response to AIDS helped establish the San Francisco model of compassionate AIDS care as the worldwide standard. The diverse materials in these collections were created during an important period in recent history that reached deeply into the life of the community. The digitized collections will be a valuable resource for the study of humanities-related issues in disciplines such as history, literature, medicine, jurisprudence, journalism, and sociology by scholars, students, and the public.

Project fields:
History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine; Public History; Social Sciences, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
7/1/2017 – 6/30/2019


PW-253737-17

University of Rochester (Rochester, NY 14627-0001)
Jessica Lacher Feldman (Project Director: 07/18/2016 to present)

Voices of LGBT History in Rochester, New York

Collaborative planning for the preservation and digitization of the Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley’s collection of oral histories, radio programs, photographs, videotapes, newsletters, and corporate papers, as well as a pilot project to digitize 174 audio and video oral history interviews recorded for the Shoulders to Stand On documentary and 33 audio recordings of the Gay Liberation Front’s “Green Thursday” radio program.

The University of Rochester River Campus Libraries and the Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley plan a joint pilot using a subset of a cultural heritage historical collection related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights movement in Rochester, NY. Beginning with the "Shoulders To Stand On" oral histories and "Green Thursday" radio program, collaborators will conduct and evaluate pilot activities, such as transcribing, closed-captioning, and creating metadata for the material. The partnership offers a wealth of documentation on the Gay Movement's history, along with the technical/curatorial infrastructure to preserve and disseminate previously hidden archives. A strategic plan for the sustainable preservation and access of this rich collection in its entirety will result from the pilot, contributing to an inclusive history of the struggle for civil rights with hitherto undisclosed LGBT materials that will interest scholars, students, and the public.

Project fields:
Cultural History; History, Other

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$48,872 (approved)
$48,872 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2018


PW-253861-17

Ithaka Harbors, Inc. (New York, NY 10006-1819)
John Kiplinger (Project Director: 07/19/2016 to present)

Arabic-Language Digitization Planning

A project to investigate digitization and OCR methods for Arabic-language print materials, in order to develop workflows and digitization guidelines for Arabic-language scholarly journals. As a prototype, the project will digitize issues of the journal Al-Abhath, a quarterly publication of the American University of Beirut.

JSTOR is seeking a Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Foundations grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support research on the high-quality digitization and digital preservation of Arabic-language scholarly journals. The proposed research will include the development of digitization and indexing guidelines for Arabic-language scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences, and the digitization of a small test run of Arabic-language scholarly journal issues. An important consideration in this process will be how to digitize Arabic-language texts with optical character recognition (OCR) of sufficient quality that the content can be made available for full-text searching and crawling by search engines—key prerequisites for making scholarly texts fully discoverable online. The final project deliverable will be a freely available white paper documenting the lessons learned from our investigation.

Project fields:
Arabic Language

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2018


PW-253731-17

University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ 85721-0001)
Jennifer Jenkins (Project Director: 07/18/2016 to present)

The Afterlife of Film: Tribesourcing Southwestern Materials in the American Indian Film Gallery

This three-year project seeks inclusive repurposing of mid-century films about native peoples of the Southwest. After digitally re-mastering 60 films in the American Indian Film Gallery (AIFG) collection, we will invite native people to re-narrate the films and provide descriptive metadata in indigenous languages and English.  These "tribesourced" MP3 audio files will provide culturally-competent counter-narratives to the films, balancing the historical record by shifting the emphasis in these mid-century films from external perceptions of native peoples to the voices, understandings, and reflections of the peoples represented in the films.  Positioning the AIFG as an interactive, multimedia, multiethnic, and polyvocal site demands culturally sensitive archiving, labeling, and use guidelines; using Traditional Knowledge Systems in concert with archival best practices; incorporating tribal information in finding aids and taxonomies; native language presence in the archive as a whole.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$291,000 (approved)
$291,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2020


PW-253800-17

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA 02139-4307)
Christine Walley (Project Director: 07/19/2016 to present)

History from Chicago's Former Steel Mill Neighborhoods: Access to the Southeast Chicago Historical Museum Collection

Southeast Chicago, along with northwest Indiana, was once one of the largest concentrations of industry in the world. This former steel-making region was integral to key transformations in American history, including histories of immigration as well as labor struggles bound up with an emerging industrial economy. In the mid-1980s, the Southeast Chicago Historical Museum was founded as the regional steel industry was collapsing, and it became a central repository for area residents to collect and preserve artifacts relating to the industrial, social, cultural, and environmental history of this once economically vibrant region. The proposed project will implement detailed plans for digitizing, processing, and providing access to, a portion of this incredible wealth of materials, while also developing long-term preservation strategies. It will allow for the creation of an interactive website to make this collection accessible to scholars, residents, and the public.

Project fields:
Cultural Anthropology; Cultural History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$195,000 (approved)
$195,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2017 – 5/31/2019


PW-253721-17

President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA 02138-3846)
Jonathan Zittrain (Project Director: 07/18/2016 to present)

Nuremberg Tribunals Project: Trial 9

The processing of Trial 9 of the Nuremberg Military Tribunals for open online access, including 18,000 pages from approximately 3,600 documents related to the Nazi mobile death squads known as the Einsatzgruppen.

The Harvard Law School Library owns and manages approximately one million pages of documents relating to the trial of military and political leaders of Nazi Germany before the International Military Tribunal (IMT) and the subsequent twelve trials of other accused Nazi war criminals before the United States Nuremberg Military Tribunals (NMT) during the period 1945-9. To preserve the contents of these now-fragile documents and to provide expanded access to this material, the Library has undertaken a long-term, multi-stage digitization project, an open-access initiative to create, present and make accessible the Library's full archive to a broad audience, including the general public both in the U.S. and abroad, high school and college students, and researchers in fields related to the Trials. We are applying for funding for a one-year implementation grant to support the work required to add an additional trial—Trial 9—to the current five trials we have already completed.

Project fields:
Legal History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$97,327 (approved)
$97,327 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2018


PW-234763-16

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382)
Paul Conway (Project Director: 07/21/2015 to present)
Kelly Askew (Co Project Director: 03/10/2016 to present)

Ethical Access to "Music Time in Africa"

The digitization and creation of online access to archival materials, dating from the 1960s to the 1980s, which document African popular music, including approximately 7,500 hours of audio recordings, as well as program scripts and field notes. The materials were collected and created by Leo Sarkisian for the radio program Music Time in Africa.

"Music Time in Africa" is the oldest and longest running English-language radio program broadcast to the African continent by the Voice of America. Ethnomusicologist Leo Sarkisian created the weekly program in the early 1960s at the invitation of famed journalist Edward R. Murrow. Leo recorded hundreds of hours of original field recordings in at least 38 newly decolonized African nations and utilized selections from these and other regional recordings as the raw material for weekly 30-minute broadcasts. He scripted the broadcasts - based on his first-hand knowledge of musical genres and cultures of the African continent - which were then performed by a series of popular announcers. Leo embraced the full spectrum of African musical practices. Included within the corpus of recordings are: the only known recording of Louis Armstrong performing at the 1967 Tunis Festival; the first known recording of famed Nigerian Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, the first known recording of Guinea's popular Bembeya Jazz Band, and so much more. Traditional music, chorale music, big band music, Afro-funk, Latin covers, and Western-style opera and symphonies by African composers are included among Leo's 500 field recordings.

Project fields:
Social Sciences, Other

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
6/1/2016 – 5/31/2018


PW-234690-16

California State University, Dominguez Hills Foundation (Carson, CA 90747-0001)
Gregory Williams (Project Director: 07/17/2015 to present)

California State University Japanese American Digitization Implementation Grant

The digitization of 5,000 personal writings, photographs, poetry, artwork, organizational records, and audiovisual recordings dealing with Japanese internment during World War II and Japanese American experiences more broadly, along with the transcription of 75 oral histories and digitization and transcription of 500 internment camp publications.

A consortium of California State University archives requests support for an Implementation project for the digitization of documents concerning the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. This proposal to digitize the extensive holdings of Japanese American materials in 15 CSU archives consists of four major steps: digitizing the materials, creating descriptive metadata for 5000+ digital objects, creating access through the project portal for online discoverability, and contextualizing the objects with website enhancements. With the assistance of the archivists, associated staff, and consultants, this project will greatly enhance the existing beta-website (csujad.com) where all of the digital files and associated metadata are centralized. As a result of the NEH Foundations grant, the project plan has been vetted and formulated through onsite visits to seven campus archives, a two-day scholar's symposium, meetings, conference calls, and assessment activities.

Project fields:
History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
7/1/2016 – 6/30/2018


PW-234685-16

University of Oklahoma, Norman (Norman, OK 73019-3003)
Daniel Swan (Project Director: 07/17/2015 to present)
Amanda Minks (Co Project Director: 03/07/2016 to present)
Joshua Nelson (Co Project Director: 03/07/2016 to present)

Community Archiving of Native American Music: Best Practices for Institutional Facilitation

A planning project to develop, in consultation with Native American communities, protocols for best practices for preserving and digitizing audio and audiovisual recordings of Native American music held in various community archives and at the Sam Noble Museum at the University of Oklahoma.

This project will consult with Native communities to ascertain the desirability and logistics of a large-scale digitization and preservation program for Native American music recordings in Oklahoma. The immediate goal of the project is to develop a series of protocols for best practices in ethically facilitating the preservation and digitization of music recordings primarily held by Native communities and their members. We also propose to expand and enhance policies regarding audio and audiovisual recordings in the museum's Native American Languages Collection. The duration of the project is two years. The first year we will focus on community outreach and engagement as well as our campus-based and external advisors. The second year we will expand and follow up on our community meetings, develop protocols, and solicit feedback from our advisors as well as from community leaders and members. The final product will be a set of recommendations for program implementation.

Project fields:
Cultural Anthropology; Ethnomusicology

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$39,838 (approved)
$39,838 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2016 – 6/30/2018


PW-234728-16

Beloit College (Beloit, WI 53511-5595)
Nicolette Meister (Project Director: 07/20/2015 to present)

Logan Museum of Anthropology, Beloit College—Bristol Collection Reference Resources Project

Cataloging 436 historic Mexican textiles and related artifacts from the Frances Bristol Collection and Archive, as well as rehousing related archival materials, digitizing 7,444 slides and 276 archival images, and creating a comprehensive finding aid for the collection as a whole.

Beloit College's Logan Museum of Anthropology seeks a Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Implementation grant in the amount of $99,948 from NEH to make the intellectual content of the Frances Bristol Collection and Archive widely accessible through cataloging, digitization, rehousing, and finding-aid creation. The Bristol Collection is an important scholarly and cultural resource that documents over four decades of craft production, ethnic and linguistic identity, cultural tourism, economic development, and community change in Oaxaca, Mexico and includes an associated archive of notes and images constituting 34 volumes and over 8,995 slides and photographs. Because the Bristol Collection is so well documented, it is extremely well positioned to be a unique resource for scholarship, education, and public programming.

Project fields:
Cultural Anthropology

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$99,948 (approved)
$99,948 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2016 – 5/31/2018


PW-234665-16

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382)
Alexandra Stern (Project Director: 07/16/2015 to present)

Digital Histories of Eugenic Sterilization: Developing a Multi-Modal Prototype and Best Practices for Sensitive Health Data

Planning and development of a prototype for an online database, with digital research tools, for 18,000 medical records documenting the history of involuntary sterilization in California from 1921 to 1953.

Working with a unique resource—18,000 patient records from California institutions from the period 1921 to 1953—our  project seeks to make the history of eugenic sterilization visible, accessible, and interactive through the creative and integrated use of digital platforms, big data analysis, data visualization, and digital storytelling. These records were microfilmed by the California Department of State Hospitals in the 1970s and only recently discovered.  Over a 24-month period from summer 2016 to summer 2018, we will: a) convene a workshop on best practices with our advisory board; b) work closely with the project’s digital librarian to develop a prototype; c) evaluate this prototype with a heterogeneous group of users through two usability studies based at the Co-PIs’ respective institutions; d) produce a white paper that articulates potential best practices around digital uses of sensitive medical data; and e) develop a work plan for full-scale implementation of the resource and integration of sterilization records from additional states.

Project fields:
History of Science

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2016 – 6/30/2018


PW-234683-16

University of Texas, Arlington (Arlington, TX 76019-9800)
Brenda McClurkin (Project Director: 07/17/2015 to present)

The Disability History/Archives Consortium: A Portal to Disability History Collections

A planning project to develop an online portal to primary sources on the social, political, and medical history of disability, which would provide links to digitized sources and archival collections held throughout the United States.

This project will develop strategic plans for building an online reference to be known as the Disability History Portal. The DH/AC will embark on a year-long strategic planning process, beginning with a face-to-face meeting in Texas attended by over two dozen founding institutional members and academic advisors, followed by subcommittee work in succeeding quarters, as well as two GO TO Meeting quarterly conferences. The meetings and committee work will set the long-range objectives of the DH/AC, determine the technology infrastructure and phasing required to build the Portal, identify outreach strategies for state and specialized archives, and establish a sustainable governance and business structure. The group will develop a formal white paper to guide the Portal's development, including integrating the cataloging/metadata across member institutions, and assist in framing subsequent grant proposals to support its development and enhancement over time.

Project fields:
History, Other; U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 1/31/2018


PW-234776-16

George Mason University (Fairfax, VA 22030-4444)
Sheila Brennan (Project Director: 07/21/2015 to present)

Mapping Early American Elections

The geo-coding of records from 23,607 elections in the United States from 1787 to 1826, compiled for the resource “A New Nation Votes” (NNV), for use with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), along with the production of 84 interactive maps of national and state elections as well as tutorials and contextual essays to facilitate use.

This project builds upon the NEH-funded "A New Nation Votes" (NNV) project, by expanding access to the early American election returns in the form of spatial data, easy-to-understand maps, and tutorials. The team will add to NNV resources by preparing an extended dataset including historical spatial information that will allow the team to map elections returns. We will publish 84 interactive maps of local, state, and national elections, accompanied by quantitative visualizations. Explanatory text alongside the maps will help a wide range of users understand the visual representations of the data, while encouraging users to explore the spatial data to answer their own questions. We will also develop tutorials to teach researchers, journalists, and interested citizens how to map the data for themselves. By inviting researchers to actively participate in tracing the evolution of American democracy, we hope to encourage citizens to become more engaged in local, state and national elections.

Project fields:
Political History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2019


PW-234749-16

New York University (New York, NY 10012-1019)
Jonathan Soffer (Project Director: 07/21/2015 to present)

Digitizing The City Record 1873 to 1998: Making Transparent New York City Government Infrastructure and Political Economy

The digitization of the City Record, an official publication providing a detailed record of political, social, and economic developments in New York City during the period from 1873 to 1998.

This project will digitize the City Record, the New York City equivalent of the Federal Register, at a cost of 350,000 dollars. We will ultimately produce searchable pdfs of the 1723 volumes, which is about one million images covering the period 1873 through 1998, and make the data freely available on a specially designed public portal on NYC.gov. This is one of the most frequently accessed websites in the United States. An accessible and searchable City Record will aid many scholars studying the city and more generally studying US history after 1873 because of the breadth and depth of the data it contains. No other major city offers comparable data. It is not too much to claim that it will alter both the qualitative and quantitative study of urbanization as much as searchable digitized newspapers have transformed the study of literary evidence. And it will provide a treasure trove for public users investigating the historical development of New York property and their family history.

Project fields:
Economic History; Urban History; Urban Studies

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
6/1/2016 – 5/31/2018


PW-234799-16

Historical Society of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA 19107-5699)
Margery Sly (Project Director: 07/21/2015 to present)

In Her Own Right: Women Asserting their Civil Rights, 1820-1920

A planning project to develop a digital collection of archival sources pertaining to women’s rights in the 19th to early 20th centuries and held by 11 Philadelphia-area repositories, and to digitize an initial set of 1,500 items and produce a prototype website.

The Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) (via fiscal sponsor HSP) seeks a $39,500 planning grant to explore options for a multi-repository project to digitize and curate content around the struggles for women's rights in the century leading up to the passage of the 19th Amendment, drawing on 55 relevant high research value collections in 11 member institutions totaling 614 linear feet of material. The grant will result in both a pilot website and a comprehensive plan for its continued development, including the creation of a set of online resources that, if then funded and implemented, will result in a nationally significant body of primary source material of great timeliness and lasting impact.

Project fields:
Women's History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$39,500 (approved)
$39,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 6/30/2017


PW-234837-16

Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899)
Eric Pumroy (Project Director: 07/21/2015 to present)

College Women: Documenting the Student Experience at the Seven Sisters Colleges

The digitization of 50,000 pages of letters, diaries, scrapbooks, photo albums, and other materials produced by female college students in the 19th to early 20th centuries, housed in the archives of the “Seven Sisters” academic institutions.

Bryn Mawr College, in collaboration with Barnard College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Vassar College, Wellesley College, and the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, seeks support for a project to build a rich digital collection of student letters, diaries, scrapbooks and photographs documenting the experiences of women college students from the mid-nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries. More than 50,000 pages of these student documents will be digitized during the course of the project, and they will be searchable through the new portal College Women: Documenting the History of Women in Higher Education (www.collegewomen.org), developed with the support of an NEH Foundations grant in 2014-2015.

Project fields:
Women's History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 10/31/2017


PW-234721-16

Barnum Museum Foundation, Inc. (Bridgeport, CT 06604-4912)
Adrienne Saint Pierre (Project Director: 07/20/2015 to present)

Creating the P.T. Barnum Digital Collection

Conserving, cataloging, digitizing, and creating global access to significant collections of artifacts, ephemera, and manuscripts pertaining to P.T. Barnum, his family, and his business endeavors, including famous attractions such as General Tom Thumb, Jenny Lind, Jumbo, and others.  This project would digitize approximately 970 objects held by the Barnum Museum and Bridgeport Public Library.

The Barnum Museum Foundation, Inc. seeks $214,123 in funding to enable The Barnum Museum and the Bridgeport Public Library to conserve, catalog, digitize and create global access to important humanities collections. The twenty-month long project, from May 1, 2016, to Dec. 31, 2017, is designed to implement a plan developed over the course of a year with an NEH HCRR Foundations grant (awarded April 2013). The plan will allow the institutions to realize their objectives of preserving and creating access to the significant collections of artifacts, ephemera, and manuscripts pertaining to P. T. Barnum and many of his associates, as well as items donated by Barnum and his family. Barnum's international fame has endured because of his extraordinary and diverse achievements, which reach far beyond his well-known circus endeavors.

Project fields:
American Studies; Cultural History; U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$190,000 (approved)
$190,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 12/31/2017


PW-234772-16

University of Alaska, Fairbanks (Fairbanks, AK 99775-7500)
Suzan Hahn (Project Director: 07/21/2015 to present)
Gary Holton (Co Project Director: 03/24/2016 to present)

Expanding Online Access to Essential Historical Materials About Alaska and the Polar Regions

The configuration and implementation of a unified digital access platform for the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives, which includes diverse materials on the history and culture of Alaska.

Based at University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives (APRCA) is home to unique and significant collections of international value for both Arctic and Antarctic studies and the documentation of the history of Alaska. UAF is a leader in the development and implementation of distance delivery formats, and APRCA has pioneered digital content delivery. As digital preservation technologies and standards have evolved, APRCA now faces two challenges to providing continued digital access to its collection. First, our digital solutions have been developed in parallel with the evolution of digital technologies, resulting in siloed solutions created in-house or by contract vendors. Secondly, three APRCA units do not have a digital content delivery system. This project aims to develop and implement a common digital platform across all five APRCA units.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Languages, Other

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 6/30/2018


PW-234691-16

University of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1077)
Gregory O'Malley (Project Director: 07/17/2015 to present)

Final Passages: The Intra-American Slave Trade Database

The addition of thousands of records of intra-American slave trafficking and a new “Final Passages” web interface into Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database.

Later this year, www.slavevoyages.org will complete seven years of operation offering public access to details of 34,934 documented slave-trading voyages from Africa to the Americas. On average, more than 1,000 visitors consult the site each day. As great a resource as it is, however, the database is limited in one key respect. It only includes voyages across the Atlantic, whereas recent research shows that arrival in the Americas did not end many captives' journeys. Instead, approximately 25% of arriving Africans quickly boarded new vessels for distribution within the Americas. This project seeks to add such intra-American trafficking to www.slavevoyages.org. We will construct an additional interface, offering the same search options for intra-American migration as currently exist for transatlantic voyages. This addition promises a more complete picture of enslaved migration, since many American regions acquired slaves indirectly, rather than straight from Africa.

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

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 2/28/2018


PW-234703-16

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14853-2801)
Katherine Reagan (Project Director: 07/20/2015 to present)

Documenting the Origins of Hip Hop: Arrangement, Description, and Access for the Archive of Afrika Bambaataa

The arrangement, description, and partial digitization of the Afrika Bambaataa Archive, 550 linear feet documenting the work of one of the founders of Hip Hop music and culture.

Project fields:
African American History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$260,000 (approved)
$259,993 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2019


PW-234885-16

Michigan Technological University (Houghton, MI 49931-1200)
Donald Lafreniere (Project Director: 07/24/2015 to present)

Copper Country Historical Spatial Data Infrastructure

The creation of the Copper Country Historical Spatial Data Infrastructure, a digital resource that will provide information on the history and environment of the copper mining region of Upper Michigan through a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) portal containing digitized maps and archival documents.

The Copper Country Historical Spatial Data Infrastructure creates a reference resource that combines the construction of an advanced historical geographic information system with a progressive initiative for public engagement. The rich historical and cartographic archives in this important mining region in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, paired with our active heritage community, make the Copper Country an ideal place for implementing this kind of cutting-edge participatory humanities project. A group of interdisciplinary scholars and graduate students is 1) creating digital historical environments in GIS from more than 600 historic maps and 16,000 pages of related social history documents made between 1850 and 1970, 2) building a highly-immersive interactive online Citizen Historians Portal (CHP), and 3) engaging a nation-wide heritage community to help build and contribute to this advanced space-time linked digital archives through the CHP and on-site public outreach workshops.

Project fields:
Geography; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Social Sciences, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$260,000 (approved)
$259,882 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2019


PW-234810-16

Green-Wood Historic Fund (Brooklyn, NY 11232-1755)
Anthony Cucchiara (Project Director: 07/21/2015 to present)

Gone But Not Forgotten: Digitizing the 177 Year-Old Legacy of New York City's Green-Wood Cemetery

A planning project to catalog and digitize archival records of New York City’s historic Green-Wood Cemetery, the site of 570,000 burials dating from c. 1838 to the present.

Green-Wood Historic Fund (GWHF) respectfully requests a grant to convene an academic panel that will create a plan for the digitization of Green-Wood Cemetery's institutional archives. The documents relate to more than 570,000 "permanent residents" at Green-Wood and range from before 1838 (the year of the cemetery's founding) to the present day. Most of these records have never been seen outside the cemetery, and GWHF believes they will present a significant reserve of documents to the field of humanities. The advisory panel includes a public health historian, a historian of urban and American studies, and experts in digital humanities, digital collections and archival management. They will be joined by Green-Wood's Archivist, Historian and Manager of Historic Collections. Together, they will formulate a plan to digitize and catalog the cemetery's archives and collections, in order to make the information readily available to humanities scholars, as well as to the general public.

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Project fields:
History, General; Social Sciences, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2016 – 4/30/2017


PW-234775-16

President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA 02138-3846)
Peter Der Manuelian (Project Director: 07/21/2015 to present)

The Giza Project: Consolidated Archaeological Reference Database II

Continued development of an online resource linking an archaeological archive with 3D visualizations derived from excavations at the Giza pyramids in Egypt over the past century and a half.  Phase one of the project, now complete, entailed development of a database; phase two proposes integration of 3D models into the database.

The Giza Project, a collaborative international initiative based at Harvard University, focuses on collection, electronic preservation, study, and presentation of documentary records from the world's most famous archaeological site: the Giza Pyramids of Egypt and their surroundings (3rd millennium BCE–present). The Project is one of extremely few to combine two major approaches to digital archaeology: digitizing archival collections and applying that primary data to visualize ancient monuments and lifeways in computer renderings. Work proceeds through two coordinated tracks: Data/Informatics (Track 1) and Modeling/Visualization (Track 2). Track 1 was the focus of a previously awarded HCRR grant. Incorporation into the database of Track 2's Project-generated archaeologically-accurate 3D computer models of monuments, objects, and individuals (as avatars) associated with Giza (as well as related source files and documentation employed in the construction of these models) is proposed here.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$235,000 (approved)
$235,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 10/31/2017


PW-234854-16

StoryCorps, Inc. (Brooklyn, NY 11217-1506)
Virginia Millington (Project Director: 07/21/2015 to present)

StoryCorps Public Archive

The creation of the StoryCorps Public Archive, a freely available online collection of 65,000 interviews (40,000 hours) of persons from throughout the United States recorded since 2003.

StoryCorps requests an implementation grant of $350,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities' Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Program for a project entitled: the StoryCorps Public Archive. This project will make our unique archive of over 65,000 interviews—recorded with people from all walks of life, from across the country—accessible to scholars, researchers, and the general public through an interactive, searchable website.

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:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2018


PW-234727-16

University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0001)
Patricia Fumerton (Project Director: 07/20/2015 to present)

EBBA: Rare Broadside Ballad Collections in the US and UK

The digitization and integration of 900 new images, and 1882 updated images, into an electronic archive of  17th-century English broadside ballads, along with accompanying text transcriptions of ballads and musical scores, recordings, and informational essays.  The project would also enhance website displays and add a range of analytical tools for computational analysis and visualized results.

The University of California at Santa Barbara requests critical funding to launch an important 6th stage of its digital English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA) to archive rare ballads from the Beinecke Library at Yale, Manchester Central Library, and Chetham's Library (900 ballads total). We also seek to update EBBA with 600 ppi color photographs of the 1st collection we archived, the Pepys Ballads (Cambridge). Each library has granted EBBA unprecedented archival permissions. Maintaining our acclaimed standards, we will provide high-quality facsimiles in various viewings, text transcriptions, deep cataloging in TEI/XML/MARC, recordings, and informative essays. In this stage, we will also add transcriptions of musical scores and update our website with a responsive design effective across displays and will add functionality for a range of computational analyses and visualized results. So expanded and enhanced, EBBA will widen access to these artifacts as text, song, art, and metadata.

Project fields:
British Literature

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
8/1/2016 – 7/31/2018


PW-234762-16

University of Florida Board of Trustees (Gainesville, FL 32611-5500)
Charles Cobb (Project Director: 07/21/2015 to present)
Gifford Waters (Co Project Director: 03/07/2016 to present)

Cataloguing Franciscan Missions of La Florida

The development of an online archive of archaeological materials from three Franciscan mission sites in Florida that document contact between Native Americans and Spanish colonists during the 17th and 18th centuries.  The project would catalog and digitize 61,000 artifacts, making them and associated field records, site maps, and photographs publicly available.

The development of a set of standard analytical procedures and a systematic cataloguing system for artifacts from Spanish mission sites. This will allow researchers to explore the missionization experience in the Spanish colony of La Florida based on a digital archive of artifact collections held by the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Project fields:
Archaeology

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
6/1/2016 – 7/31/2018


PW-234642-16

University of Wisconsin, Madison (Madison, WI 53706-1314)
James Leary (Project Director: 07/10/2015 to present)
Jeanette Casey (Co Project Director: 03/24/2016 to present)

Local Centers/Global Sounds: Historic Recordings and Midwestern Musical Vernaculars

Archival processing, digital reformatting and preservation, and increased access to nearly 800 hours of 78 rpm and field recordings and supporting archival materials related to musical cultures of European ethnic communities in the Upper Midwest.

Mills Music Library, the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, and partners at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seek implementation support for ongoing efforts to arrange, describe, catalog, conserve, digitize, and disseminate a unique body of historic, regional, endangered, mostly inaccessible sound recordings: "foreign series" 78 rpm recordings produced for immigrant, ethnic, and indigenous audiences by American companies in the first half of the 20th century; and original field and home recordings from the 1950s through the 1990s featuring the Upper Midwest's culturally diverse traditional musicians. This project will result in: online finding aids for 4 significant multi-format collections; the cataloguing and digitization of 800 hours of historic field, home, and 78 rpm recordings; digitization and meta-data for at least 3,000 images and 1,000 pages of field recording indexes and notes; and a series of related public programs.

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

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$260,000 (approved)
$230,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2016 – 4/30/2019


PW-234708-16

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, MA 02115-5538)
Christina Nielsen (Project Director: 07/20/2015 to present)

Providing Global Access to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's Treasured Collection

Cataloging, digital photography, and item-level description of 2,600 works of art, furniture, books, photographs, letters, and artifacts on permanent view at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. This project would create comprehensive documentation of the full collection, to be made freely accessible through the museum’s EmbARK collection management system and a redesigned Web site.

Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2019


PW-234859-16

Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, MI 48202-4008)
Maria Ketcham (Project Director: 07/21/2015 to present)

NEH Foundation Project to Assess the Detroit Institute of Arts Archives

Foundations-level assessment of a collection of 11,000 linear feet of the Detroit Institute of Arts’s administrative records, dating back to the museum’s founding.  Assessment will include 30 years of unprocessed artists’ correspondence, acquisition records, director’s files, and curators’ exhibition papers.

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) seeks a Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Foundation Grant of $40,000 to establish intellectual control over its archives. This will be accomplished via a holdings survey and assessment of the humanities  value of unprocessed archival documents held at the DIA. The project will 1) capture the current scope of materials housed in the Archives, 2) analyze and evaluate the humanities content of the Archives, 3) improve control over the collection, 4) assess unprocessed materials in the Archives against updated records retention schedules, 5) identify preservation issues, and 6) recommend next steps towards improving access to the archives and stewardship of these important documents.

Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 7/31/2017


PW-234668-16

Organ Historical Society (Richmond, VA 23261-6811)
Roy Petty (Project Director: 07/16/2015 to present)

Long Live the King of Instruments! Preserving and Providing Access to the Library & Archives of the Organ Historical Society

A planning project to enhance preservation of and access to a collection of 14,000 books and periodicals and 1,200 linear feet of organizational archives, photographs, sound recordings, moving images, and other sources pertaining to the history of the pipe organ and its uses, primarily in the United States.

To guide and support the formative stages of collaborative initiatives to preserve and provide enhanced access to its preeminent repository of materials related to the pipe organ, the Organ Historical Society Library and Archives (OHSLA) requests $40,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (with $12,395.60 in contributed cost share from OHSLA) to support planning, assessment, and pilot activities that will leverage the expertise of a range of professionals with academic, cultural, technical, and curatorial credentials. The Organ Historical Society (OHS) celebrates, preserves, and studies the pipe organ in America in all its historic styles, through research, education, advocacy, and music; the OHS Library and Archives is the world's largest collection of books, periodicals, manuscripts, and ephemera related to the pipe organ.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Music History and Criticism

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 8/31/2017


PW-234707-16

Arhoolie Foundation (El Cerrito, CA 94530-3123)
Tom Diamant (Project Director: 07/20/2015 to present)

Digitizing the Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings

The digitization of 24,000 recordings of Mexican American vernacular music from the Strachwitz Frontera Collection spanning 1901 to 1994.

A three year, $275,388 grant to continue its successful preservation, digitization, and creation of public access to the Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings (The Frontera Collection), the world's largest and most complete collection of Mexican American vernacular music. 110,000 have been preserved so far funded by previous grants from various organizations. This grant would provide for the preservation of a further 24,000 individual recordings from 33-rpm, 78-rpm and 45-rpm discs (digitizing, scanning of labels and graphics, creating keywords and metadata). Collaborating with the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Digital Library in partnership with the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, the Arhoolie Foundation will continue to make this unique and academically valuable collection available to the public through an integrated website (http://frontera.library.ucla.edu/), academic research and other publication strategies.

Project fields:
Arts, General; Music History and Criticism

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$220,000 (approved)
$140,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2019


PW-234674-16

University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ 85721-0001)
Molly Kalkstein (Project Director: 07/17/2015 to 03/06/2017)
Rebecca Senf (Project Director: 03/06/2017 to present)
Molly Kalkstein (Co Project Director: 07/20/2016 to 03/06/2017)
W. James Burns (Co Project Director: 03/06/2017 to present)

Planning the Harry Callahan Research Portal at the Center for Creative Photography

Planning and development of a collaborative online portal on the work of American photographer Harry Callahan (1912-1999); it would include a sortable database containing a gallery of 2,700 cataloged prints dating from the 1940s to the 1990s, an interactive chronology, and guides to Callahan’s working materials and practice.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$38,318 (approved)
$38,318 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2018


PW-234730-16

Society of Architectural Historians (NFP) (Chicago, IL 60610-2144)
Gabrielle Esperdy (Project Director: 07/20/2015 to present)

SAH Archipedia: New Interpretive Content for Public Access

Updates to the Society of Architectural Historians’ Archipedia and Archipedia Classic Buildings, which together constitute online resources of the American built environment for both public and academic audiences.  The project would result in 47 new essays, 370 new building entries, 270 revised building entries, 117,000 bibliographic references, 25 K-12 lesson plans, and 25 public lectures.

Project fields:
Architecture; Art History and Criticism; U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$205,000 (approved)
$125,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2016 – 6/30/2019


PW-234718-16

American Museum of Natural History (New York, NY 10024-5193)
David Kohn (Project Director: 07/20/2015 to present)

Charles Darwin’s Library and Charles Darwin’s Evolution Papers: Complementary Digital Collections

The digitization of 16,200 pages of publications containing annotations and marginalia of Charles Darwin, along with over 3,800 pages of original Darwin manuscripts, all relating to the scientist’s theoretical and experimental observations pertaining to evolution.

Digitization of 20,609 pages of books and manuscripts from the Darwin archive at Cambridge University will complete the production of digital collections of Charles Darwin's Library and Darwin's Evolution Papers, which will be disseminated online by the Darwin Manuscripts Project of the American Museum of Natural History. Through the proposed work, all the books in Darwin's personal scientific library and all Darwin's extant manuscripts devoted to the theory of evolution will become globally available.

Project fields:
History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2019


PW-234654-16

University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5 Canada)
Stephen Pelle (Project Director: 07/15/2015 to 07/25/2017)
Robert Getz (Co Project Director: 01/27/2016 to 07/25/2017)
Haruko Momma (Project Director: 07/25/2017 to present)

Dictionary of Old English

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 600 and 1150 C.E.

Project fields:
English

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$160,000 (approved)
$160,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2016 – 6/30/2018


PW-234705-16

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382)
Paul Schaffner (Project Director: 07/20/2015 to present)

The Middle English Compendium Reborn: Expanding Content, Improving Access, and Stabilizing Technology

Upgrades to the Middle English Compendium (MEC), three interlinked digital resources related to the study of Middle English: the electronic Middle English Dictionary (eMED); an expanded version of the HyperBibliography of Middle English (HB), a bibliography of primary sources cited in the dictionary; and the Corpus of Middle English (CME), a substantial collection of Middle English primary texts.

Project fields:
English

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2018


PW-234612-16

University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94704-5940)
Rosemary Joyce (Project Director: 06/30/2015 to present)

Creating and Publishing an Online Finding Aid for the Archivo General de Centroamérica (General Archive of Central America)

The creation of two finding aids (one basic and one enhanced) for 147,000 documents in the Archivo General de Centroamérica (AGCA), the Spanish colonial archive in Guatemala that holds materials ranging in date from 1544 to 1821, using microfilm held at the University of California, Berkeley. The project will also provide open public access to the information by integrating both finding aids into the Online Archive of California of the University of California library system.

This project will create a finding aid for the 147,000 documents in the Archivo General de Centroamérica (AGCA), the Spanish colonial archive located in Guatemala that contains unique materials created between 1544 and 1821 AD, primary research resources for the history of the countries of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and adjacent parts of Mexico, using a copy of a complete microfilm of the collection held at the University of California, Berkeley. Copies of the microfilm are available to over 200 libraries either through ownership of a complete copy or participation in the Center for Research Libraries. This project will produce a basic finding aid for all 147,000 documents, and an enhanced finding aid for approximately 100,000 documents of greatest interest for historical scholarship. The finding aids will be made available and preserved through the Online Archive of California, part of the library system of the University of California.

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

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2019


PW-234647-16

President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA 02138-3846)
Afsaneh Najmabadi (Project Director: 07/15/2015 to present)

Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran

The preservation and digitization of primary sources related to the social and cultural history of women during the Qajar dynasty (1785–1925) in Iran; these materials would be made available through the Women’s Worlds in Qajar Iran Web site.

The WWQI project is a comprehensive digital archive and website that addresses a significant gap in the scholarship related to the Qajar era in Iran by making available writings and other personal documents created by, and reflecting the lives of, women during that era. To date, the WWQI archive contains over 34,000 digital facsimiles of primary materials (over 4,000 distinct items) held by 93 private families and individuals and 14 major archival institutions. New funding will not only enable the project to increase the volume of its collections, but also to substantially expand the range of socio-economic classes, ethnicities, and geographical locations represented within the WWQI archive. The WWQI project draws upon the Harvard Libraries' robust and stable structure for cataloging, archiving, and maintenance-through-time of digital research collections, thus ensuring long-term access to all materials digitized under the auspices of NEH funding.

Project fields:
Near and Middle Eastern History; Women's History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$230,000 (approved)
$230,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2018


PW-234746-16

American University of Beirut (Beirut, Lebanon)
Kaoukab Chebaro (Project Director: 07/21/2015 to present)

The Palestinian Oral History Archive at the American University of Beirut Libraries

The creation of an online searchable platform for 1,062 hours of oral histories recording the experiences of first-generation Palestinians in Lebanon following the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

The goal of the Palestinian Oral History Archive is to produce an online searchable state-of-the-art digital platform that will feature over 1,000 hours of testimonies with first-generation Palestinians in Lebanon, hailing from over 130 uprooted communities in Palestine. The project was initiated through a partnership between the American University of Beirut (AUB) Libraries and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI). The archive, which will be housed in the University Libraries in Beirut, will digitize, index, catalog, and preserve the material, and make it accessible to scholars, educators, artists, and community organizations around the world to stimulate research and engagement on public history research, education, and cultural preservation.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Near and Middle Eastern History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$260,000 (approved)
$259,996 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2019


PW-234786-16

Trustees of Indiana University (Bloomington, IN 47401-3654)
Albert Valdman (Project Director: 07/21/2015 to present)

The Preparation of a Differential, Historical, and Etymological Dictionary of Louisiana French

The preparation of linguistic resources on Louisiana French, one of approximately 19 varieties of French spoken outside of France.  These include a print and online dictionary and lexical entries for an international database of non-standard French vocabulary.

A team of specialists in lexicography and Louisiana French from Indiana and Tulane Universities proposes to produce a Differential, Historical, and Etymological Dictionary of Louisiana French. This dictionary will contain about 700-900 Louisiana French words that either do not occur in Standard French or whose meaning differs from it. It will show what words and meanings are unique to Louisiana or shared with the varieties of French within the broader French-speaking world. It will explain whether these differences have developed independently in Louisiana or whether they reflect the early varieties of French exported to the 17th and 18th century colonies that also gave rise to French-based creoles. It will make important contributions to French language studies, language contact, creole studies and language maintenance and revitalization. As such, it will constitute an invaluable resource for teachers in Louisiana's French immersion programs as well as for writers and cultural activists.

Project fields:
French Language

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$240,000 (approved)
$239,539 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 8/31/2018


PW-234783-16

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (New York, NY 10011-6301)
Roberta Newman (Project Director: 07/21/2015 to present)

The YIVO Vilna Collections Project

The arrangement and description of 301 linear feet of manuscripts and archives  and the creation of over 458,000 digital images from these sources, which form part of the “Vilna Collections” held by the YIVO Institute, a repository housed in the Center for Jewish History.  Images created by YIVO will be merged with extant holdings of the Lithuanian Central State Archive and National Library of Lithuania as part of a larger seven-year initiative.

The YIVO Vilna Collections project will preserve, digitally reunite, and provide free, online access for both scholars and the general public to collections at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York, and at the National Library of Lithuania and Lithuanian Central State Archives. These unique materials, saved from the destruction of the Holocaust, represent the rich and vibrant Jewish civilization that flourished in Eastern Europe for over 1,000 years. It is the archival materials that are the subject of this proposal: manuscripts, posters and other printed materials, and photographs that are considered one of the world's foremost collections on Jewish history and culture.

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Project fields:
European History; History, Other; Immigration History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$260,000 (approved)
$145,940 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2018


PW-234709-16

University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94704-5940)
Elaine Tennant (Project Director: 07/20/2015 to present)

Raised from the Ashes: Cardinell-Vincent Company Photographs of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exhibition

Arrangement, description, and rehousing of 2,000 glass plate negatives, 105 panoramic film negatives, and 6,700 photographic prints documenting the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exhibition in San Francisco, and digitization of 2,100 images.

This project will arrange, house, and describe the 2,000 glass negatives and 6,700 photographic prints of the Edward Rogers collection of Cardinell-Vincent Company and Panama Pacific International Exhibition (PPIE) photographs. The Rogers collection, in private hands until Fall 2014, has been called "truly the finest trove of PPIE images" in existence. It originated with the Cardinell-Vincent, the official photographers of the exposition, and is the largest known vestige of their archive. However its media types, physical condition, and lack of arrangement make research access impossible without a major archival processing and digitization project.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
7/1/2016 – 6/30/2018


PW-234713-16

Wisconsin Library Services (Madison, WI 53715-1255)
Emily Pfotenhauer (Project Director: 07/20/2015 to present)

Listening to War: Uncovering Wisconsin's Wartime Oral Histories

A planning project to prepare for the digitization of oral history interview recordings documenting 20th-century military conflicts as experienced by residents of Wisconsin, held by libraries, archives, and historical societies throughout the state.

Listening to War: Uncovering Wisconsin's Wartime Oral Histories will identify oral history collections documenting Wisconsin citizens' experiences of 20th century war and its consequences and establish a comprehensive plan to digitize, preserve and provide access to hidden, at-risk personal accounts of life during wartime. The Recollection Wisconsin collaborative statewide digital program will locate and assess collections of sound recordings and moving images held by small, rural and resource-poor libraries, historical societies and other cultural heritage institutions across Wisconsin. By bringing to light oral history collections capturing the everyday lives of Wisconsin residents during World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf War, this Foundations project will contribute a multitude of new individual voices to our understanding of the American experience of war in the 20th century.

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Project fields:
Military History; U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$39,961 (approved)
$39,898 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2016 – 5/31/2017


PW-234717-16

New York University (New York, NY 10012-1019)
Timothy Johnson (Project Director: 07/20/2015 to 05/23/2017)
Laura Leone (Project Director: 05/23/2017 to present)

Unbound Movements: Documenting U.S. Social Reform in the Twentieth Century

The arrangement and description of 1,543 linear feet of periodicals (over 9,000 titles) published by organizations associated with social reform and protest movements during the latter half of the 20th century.

This project is to provide bibliographic access for students, scholars, and the general public to a broad collection of serials in New York University's Tamiment Library. The serials mostly cover the period of 1950-2000 and encompass a broad number of movements for social reform that arose out of the social milieu of the period of postwar United States and the Civil Rights Movement.

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

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$230,000 (approved)
$230,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 2/28/2018


PW-234808-16

New-York Historical Society (New York, NY 10024-5152)
Henry Raine (Project Director: 07/21/2015 to present)

Access to the New-York Historical Society's American Historical Manuscript Collection, Phase Two

The cataloging and conservation of 6,000 manuscript collections documenting the history of New York and the United States more generally, spanning the 18th to 20th centuries.

The New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) requests funds for the second phase of a four-year project to catalog and conserve the American Historical Manuscript Collection. The collection consists of 12,000 distinct small collections, averaging about 40 pages each and dating from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. The contents represent a range of physical formats including account books, baptism records, bills, certificates, date books, deeds, indentures, invoices, letters, tax records, and wills, and comprise a powerful amalgam of multiple creators, subject areas, time periods, and geographic locations that offer unparalleled views into the history of New York and the United States. The first phase of the project began in 2014 and is meeting its goal to catalogue 6,000 collections by 2016. A new grant from the NEH will allow N-YHS to complete the cataloging of the remaining 6,000 collections in Phase Two.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
6/1/2016 – 11/30/2017


PW-234827-16

New York Botanical Garden (Bronx, NY 10458-5126)
Susan Fraser (Project Director: 07/21/2015 to present)

Digitizing and Transcribing the John Torrey Papers: Natural Science and Exploration in 19th Century America

Digitization and transcription of 28,000 pages (7,000 documents) of the papers of John Torrey, a pioneer of American botany who lived from 1796 to 1873, consisting of correspondence, manuscripts, notes, and botanical illustrations.  The transcriptions would be crowd-sourced by volunteers and made available to the public through the library’s content management system.

The New York Botanical Garden's LuEsther T. Mertz Library will digitize and begin crowdsourcing the transcription of its "John Torrey Papers." The "Torrey Papers" are the largest and most important collection in the U.S. of pioneering American botanist John Torrey's (1796-1873) correspondence, manuscripts, notes, and botanical illustrations. The project will digitize ~28,000 pages (7,000 documents) and begin crowdsourced transcription of the entire collection. Transcription will include integration of FromThePage transcription software into CONTENTdm, an innovation in manuscript transcription. Dissemination tools will include a teen transcription project, a "John Torrey Study Day" for high school and college students, a traveling exhibition, and a website.

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

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
7/1/2016 – 6/30/2019


PW-234844-16

University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA 90089-0012)
Deborah Holmes Wong (Project Director: 07/21/2015 to present)
Giao Baker (Co Project Director: 06/09/2016 to present)

The Fire Last Time: Digitizing the Independent and Webster Commission Records on the 1992 L.A. Civil Unrest

Digitization of 182,264 pages of archival records and 291 hours of audiovisual recordings of the Independent and Webster Commissions, convened to investigate the 1991 Rodney King beating and the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles.

Our project will digitize for free online public access the records of the Independent and Webster Commissions, which investigated the causes of the 1991 Rodney King beating and the 1992 civil unrest. Upon its conclusion, we will publish 182,264 pages of historical records and 291 hours of audiovisual recordings in the USC Digital Library and the Digital Public Library of America.

Project fields:
U.S. History; Urban History; Urban Studies

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
7/1/2016 – 12/31/2018


PW-226844-15

American Foundation for the Blind Inc. (New York, NY 10121-0101)
Helen Selsdon (Project Director: 07/14/2014 to present)

Digitization of the Helen Keller Archival Collection

The digitization of the Helen Keller papers, comprising 80,000 items (150,000 page images), enabling free online access to the collection.

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) seeks funding to digitize the Helen Keller Archival Collection comprising over 80,000 items bequeathed to AFB by Keller upon her death in 1968. It is the single largest repository of materials by and about Helen Keller in the world and includes correspondence, speeches, press clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, architectural drawings, and artifacts that span from the late 19th century to the mid-20th. The archive includes materials from or by nine U.S. presidents, as well as leading figures such as Mark Twain, Pearl S. Buck, Margaret Sanger and Albert Einstein. It also contains voluminous correspondence from men, women, and children, sighted and non-sighted, who corresponded with Keller from around the globe and whose stories have never been told. It is an extraordinary source of information on 19th and 20th century American social, political, and cultural history, as well as the history of disability and feminism.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$337,506 (approved)
$337,506 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 12/31/2017


PW-228112-15

American Antiquarian Society (Worcester, MA 01609-1634)
Alan Degutis (Project Director: 07/16/2014 to present)

North American Imprints Program, 1639-1840: Creation of a Union Catalog

The production of 6,700 detailed catalog records for publications printed in North America from the colonial period up to 1840.

This project seeks funding to continue work on the North American Imprints Program (NAIP). NAIP’s long-term goal is the creation of a machine-readable union catalog of books, pamphlets and broadsides printed in the United States before 1877. With funding requested here, NAIP staff will integrate 2,615 records received from the English Short-Title Catalogue (ESTC) and the Library Company of Philadelphia; will upgrade 4,097 acquisition-level records to rare-book level; will read several recently published bibliographies against the file, creating new records and adding information relevant to existing records; and will improve the consistency of uniform titles, subject headings and genre headings in the file. In accomplishing these goals we will make the pre-1841 NAIP file more complete, more accurate, and more useful to scholars.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 12/31/2017


PW-228134-15

Peninsula Library System (San Mateo, CA 94403-2273)
Barclay Ogden (Project Director: 07/16/2014 to present)

California Light and Sound: The California Audiovisual Preservation Project

The digitization of up to 1,000 audio and moving image recordings dealing with the history and culture of California, held by cultural heritage repositories throughout the state.

The proposed project has two goals: 1) Build the "California Light and Sound" humanities collection (currently 3,000 recordings) by digitizing and providing free online access to 1,000 additional endangered audiovisual recordings of Californiana with national, regional, and local historical significance. 2) Grow the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) partnership by adding 20 new California institutions (with audiovisual Californiana) to the existing 77 institutional partners in the Project. The CAVPP provides statewide leadership to facilitate access and accomplish preservation work most individual libraries and archives are unable to undertake. The CAVPP guides institutions through the process, from collection assessment to nomination of titles to selection to description to digitization, and brings to light hidden media collections via the Internet Archive (IA), an online repository that is freely available for non-profit, educational use.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$299,873 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 6/30/2018


PW-228185-15

New York City Department of Records & Information Services (New York, NY 10007-1210)
Michael Lorenzini (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to present)

New York City Police Department Photograph Collection, 1914-1975, Preservation and Access Project

Rehousing, describing, and digitizing a collection of criminal justice photographs taken by the New York City Police Department from 1914 to 1975.

The Municipal Archives requests Endowment support for a project to re-house, describe, digitize, and make publicly accessible on the internet approximately 30,000 photographs (out of a collection totaling 187,000 images). The photographs constitute a substantial addition to the Archives’ collection of records pertaining to the administration of criminal justice. Their significance extends well beyond the simple documentation of criminal activity; they provide a unique visual perspective on numerous important themes in American history. The collection has been deemed a priority in order to prevent further deterioration from damaging storage materials and decaying negatives. There are four components to the proposed project: re-housing, description, digital re-formatting, and public access via the Internet. The proposed work plan specifies that all project activities will be performed in-house. The project timetable is twelve months, from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$125,000 (approved)
$124,992 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 3/31/2017


PW-228188-15

American Congregational Association (Boston, MA 02108-3704)
Margaret Bendroth (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to present)

New England's Hidden Histories: Providing Public Access to the Records of America's First Founders

Creation of an online, searchable database of 18,000 pages of digitized Congregational Church documents and selected transcriptions from colonial times and the early American republic.

New England’s Hidden Histories is a program aimed at providing wide access to some of the most important early American documents, the records maintained by nearly every local church during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The project, which serves both scholars and the general public, is administered by the non-profit Congregational Library in Boston, a historic, 150-year-old institution with a distinguished record of preserving historic records and providing public access to them. This proposal concerns records in the Library's collection, roughly half of which are newly obtained from local churches and never before accessible to researchers. The digital images, with transcriptions, will be available free of charge on the Library's website.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 8/31/2018


PW-228221-15

George Washington University (Washington, DC 20052-0001)
Christopher Brick (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to present)

An Initiative to Digitize and Disseminate Significant Portions of Eleanor Roosevelt's Audiovisual Legacy

Preparation of an electronic edition of the 390 extant sound and moving image recordings made by Eleanor Roosevelt as a public affairs commentator and nationally syndicated broadcast journalist.

An Initiative to Digitize and Disseminate Significant Portions of Eleanor Roosevelt's Audiovisual Legacy

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$103,900 (approved)
$103,899 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 4/30/2016


PW-228244-15

Ohio Historical Society (Columbus, OH 43211-2474)
Jenni Salamon (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to present)

Little Stories of the Great War: Ohioans in World War I

The development of a plan to construct a statewide digital collection of materials related to Ohio’s contribution to the Great War, which would include diaries, journals, photographs, correspondence, historical artifacts, and posters related to both the soldiers’ and home front experience.
 

The Ohio History Connection (OHC), formerly the Ohio Historical Society, seeks support in the amount of $24,053 for a Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Foundation grant entitled Little Stories of the Great War: Ohioans in World War I. The goal of the project is to develop a comprehensive plan to construct a statewide digital collection of World War I (WWI) materials in order to increase access to and use of WWI scholarly and primary resource materials. The final digital collection will also commemorate the upcoming centennial and Ohio’s role in the conflict.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$24,053 (approved)
$24,053 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 4/30/2016


PW-226822-15

Brigham Young University, Provo (Provo, UT 84602)
Mark Davies (Project Director: 07/01/2014 to present)

Billion Word Extensions to the NEH-funded Corpus del Espanol and Corpus do Portugues

Expansion of the online Corpus of Spanish to 2 billion words from 21 Spanish-speaking countries, and the Corpus of Portuguese to 1 billion words from 4 Portuguese-speaking countries, and development of a more user-friendly interface for these corpora.

The Corpus del Espanol and the Corpus do Portugues were previously funded by the NEH in 2001-02 and 2004-06, respectively. The proposed project will take advantage of advances in technology since that time, to make these corpora between 50 and 100 times as large as the previous NEH-funded corpora (at least for the modern period). This will allow researchers to look at Spanish and Portuguese in ways that are not possible with any other resource. In addition, these new corpora will allow researchers to examine differences between the dialects of these two languages, as well as cultural differences between the countries (which is related to the NEH Bridging Cultures initiative). Finally, there will be a number of related resources that will be based on these new corpora, which are oriented more towards language learning. Overall, hundreds of thousands of researchers, teachers, learners, and translators will benefit from these greatly expanded resources.

Project fields:
Latin American Languages

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 7/31/2018


PW-228181-15

University of Chicago (Chicago, IL 60637-5418)
James Nye (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to present)

Urdu Publications from Pakistan: Providing Access to Private Collections

Cataloging more than 5,200 humanities texts, including works on history, literature, and religion, published in the Urdu language and recently acquired by the University of Chicago.

The University of Chicago Library proposes a two-year project to catalog more than 5,200 publications in the Urdu language. The books and periodicals are all available at the University because of a generous gift from a private donor, the son of Niaz Fatehpuri, a renowned Pakistani intellectual. At least 4,975 of the catalog records will be unique additions to OCLC’s WorldCat database and more than 230 will be upgrades of brief or deficient records in the database. All of the books will be available via interlibrary loan following cataloging and addition to the University Library collection.

Project fields:
Asian Languages

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 12/31/2018


PW-228092-15

Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205)
Grant Frame (Project Director: 07/15/2014 to present)

Completing the Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period (RINAP)

Online and print publication of the official inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian rulers, specifically Ashurbanipal (668-631 BCE) and his successors.

Providing authoritative, modern editions of the official inscriptions of the last five rulers of the Neo-Assyrian Period (Ashurbanipal and his successors), 668-609 BCE, in open access, online and print formats.

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Project fields:
Near and Middle Eastern Languages

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$250,000 (approved)
$250,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 12/31/2017


PW-228269-15

PEN American Center, Inc. (New York, NY 10012-3229)
Antonio Aiello (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to present)

Digital Archive of Free Expression

Digitization of 1,200 hours of audio and video recordings gathered from 800 events sponsored by the PEN American Center, documenting the organization’s mission to advance freedom of expression worldwide.

The Digital Archive project is intended to digitize, preserve and make available free of charge online to scholars, researchers, and the public at large more than 1200 hours of audio and video recordings from 800 events currently unavailable to the public. This would result in a collection of valuable original-source reference materials that can be used for research, teaching, and learning across a broad spectrum of humanities disciplines. The vast majority of the materials that we propose to digitize are unique to PEN American Center, having been conceptualized, produced, and curated by PEN American Center and are therefore not to be found in other archives or collections. PEN intends to engage with an audiovisual preservation and digitization specialist in order to process, catalogue, and digitize the materials. The digitalized materials will be made available in Princeton University's online reference systems and on PEN's website.

Project fields:
Literature, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 9/30/2017


PW-226819-15

American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia, PA 19106-3387)
Timothy Powell (Project Director: 06/30/2014 to 06/21/2016)
Patrick Spero (Project Director: 06/21/2016 to present)

A New Digital Guide to Native American and Indigenous Collections at the American Philosophical Society

The creation of a comprehensive digital guide for improved access to the library’s archival collections, both print and audio recordings, of Native American language, history, and culture. The collections amount to 1,250 linear feet of manuscripts and images, including the papers of some of the most important linguists, anthropologists, and ethnographers of the 20th century, and recordings totaling 3,100 hours.

The American Philosophical Society Library is the repository for one of the nation’s most substantial and significant collections of records documenting Native American life, culture, and languages. The APS proposes to create a comprehensive digital Guide to these collections in order to (1) provide improved access to these resources for traditional humanities scholars and wider publics, including in particular a newly identified, highly engaged and expanding user community of Native Americans; (2) to insure that these collections are arranged and described consistent with best practices and standards; and (3) to continue to develop the essential operational materials and capacities necessary for the anticipated formal opening of the Library’s nascent Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies in 2018.

Project fields:
Native American Studies

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 10/31/2017


PW-228249-15

University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA 90095-9000)
Chon Noriega (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to present)

Providing Access to Mexican American Social History in Los Angeles, 1960s and 1970s

The arrangement and description of 506 linear feet of documents and photographs from seven archival collections pertaining to the Mexican American experience in Los Angeles in the 1960s-70s, along with digitization of 15,000 photographs.

A project to provide public access to seven collections which document Mexican American social history in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s.

Project fields:
Hispanic American Studies

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 6/30/2018


PW-228231-15

Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, DC 20003-1004)
Kathleen Lynch (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to present)

A Digital Anthology of Early Modern English Drama

The first phase of an initiative to provide advanced digital access, through enhanced bibliographic description and text encoding, to ca. 400 plays written by contemporaries of Shakespeare in the 16th and 17th centuries.

A Digital Anthology for Early English Drama will enrich access to a neglected and largely inaccessible collection of the drama of Shakespeare’s contemporaries. This is a body of nearly four hundred surviving plays printed from 1576 to 1642 (when commercial playhouses first operated in London). The enriched texts will join a suite of interoperable, freely available digital texts at the Folger, including those of Shakespeare’s plays. During Phase One of implementation, the Folger will undertake the collective curation of digital texts; create and host a flexible online platform in the Folger's Drupal CMS repository; and guide and model a variety of research and teaching uses.

Project fields:
British Literature

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 6/30/2017


PW-228118-15

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond, VA 23220-4007)
Stephen Bonadies (Project Director: 07/16/2014 to present)

Uncovering Fabergé: An Archival Digitization Planning and Pilot Project

A planning project for digitizing the museum’s archives relating to its Fabergé and Russian decorative arts collection. The project would result in technical requirements and workflow for linking archival and object catalog records as part of a larger digital initiative at the museum; digitization and linking of approximately 500 archival documents with about 500 already imaged objects; and dissemination of the materials via the museum’s publicly accessible website.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)seeks the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Foundations program in the amount of $40,000 to develop a comprehensive plan to digitize and disseminate the archival materials related to some of our most significant holdings. The Foundations project will use the Lillian Thomas Pratt Collection of Faberge and Russian Decorative Arts objects for the pilot of its digital archive plan to test methods for a larger plan to digitize VMFA's archival collections. This initiative will provide a methodology for making VMFA's archival collections accessible to researchers and humanities scholars through the museum's website and other digital platforms.

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Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 4/30/2017


PW-228243-15

International Foundation for Art Research, Inc. (New York, NY 10110-0002)
Sharon Flescher (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to present)

Enhancements to IFAR's Catalogues Raisonnés Database

Planning for enhancements to an existing database for art historical research, and development of a pilot to test usability of the enhancements.  The current database, Catalogues Raisonnés, contains records to about 3,600 published volumes on approximately 2,300 artists, covering all artistic styles from antiquity to the present, and serves scholars and general users.  The proposed enhancements include linking to digital aggregators to view and search on published texts and locate libraries holding the work, and also adding an ontology of artists’ names and relationships that would deepen search capabilities across the database.

Catalogues raisonnés are essential art historical research tools. Recognizing this, IFAR launched a free interactive Catalogue Raisonné Database in December 2008. It is the only online resource devoted to catalogues raisonnés in all media. Now IFAR intends to enhance its usefulness to humanities researchers by taking advantage of online resources not available in 2008. We plan two enhancements: 1) links to bibliographic aggregators, such as WorldCat, Hathi Trust, Google Books, and others, enabling users to: a) view and search the text of a catalogue raisonné, where copyright permits, and b) locate the closest library housing the book, and 2) creating the first-ever, interactive artist ontology, which will add context and clarify complex connections between artists in our Database--and in so doing--transform the Database into a nexus of information on catalogues raisonnés. This request supports the planning phase of the project and will result in a "mini-prototype" and user survey.

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Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 4/30/2016


PW-228276-15

Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA 19101-7646)
Alexandra Kirtley (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to present)

Early American Furniture Cataloging Project

A project to complete basic and in-depth descriptive catalog records of a collection of 1,034 pieces of pre-1840 American furniture manufactured primarily in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) respectfully requests a $175,000 Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grant to support a three-year curatorial research project on our renowned collection of early (pre-1840) American furniture. The PMA’s holdings of early American furniture rank among the finest in this country, particularly with regard to the central role that Philadelphia played in the development of American furniture and decorative arts during the 18th and 19th centuries. Yet the current level of information we have assembled on the majority of the works in the collection is both insufficient and, in terms of cataloguing standards, uneven. Grant support will enable both a broader scholarly understanding of, as well as provide greater public access to, this important subject of American art and history.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Arts, General; U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$162,500 (approved)
$162,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 4/30/2018


PW-228298-15

George Eastman Museum (Rochester, NY 14607-2219)
James Layton (Project Director: 07/18/2014 to 04/27/2015)
Jared Case (Project Director: 04/27/2015 to present)

Technicolor Online Research Archive

The creation of a digital resource that would provide access to an archival collection of 35,000 records from the corporate history of Technicolor, with an emphasis on the period from 1915 to 1955, documenting business decisions and scientific research that led to unique processes to record and project moving images in color.

George Eastman House will create a Technicolor Online Research Archive that will allow access to its vast and significant Technicolor collection. This free, web-based resource will be available to researchers, academics and historians to study, understand and appreciate the tremendous influence that Technicolor had on film making and popular culture during the 20th century. In collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science’s Margaret Herrick Library and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, we will make important documentation, photographs, and equipment accessible for the first time in a comprehensive, annotated digital format. The project goal is is to digitize and make available online 35,000 core artifacts from the Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation history from 1915 to 1955. Project activities will commence in May 2015 and will be completed by November 30, 2017.

Project fields:
Film History and Criticism

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$200,000 (approved)
$161,192 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 7/31/2018


PW-228265-15

Boston Symphony Orchestra Inc. (Boston, MA 02115-4557)
Bridget Carr (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to present)

Boston Symphony Orchestra Archives Content Digitization Project: Boston Pops and Tanglewood Music Center History

The indexing and digitization of the program books of the Boston Pops dating from 1885 to the present and Tanglewood Music Center dating from 1940 to the present.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra proposes to digitize and make freely accessible via the internet the full performance history and concert programs of the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO's academy for advanced musical study. This is a continuation of a project that the BSO began two years ago with support from the NEH. The BSO recently digitized the entire history of the BSO's primary orchestra concerts, comprising 7,500 program books representing 17,000 BSO concerts. As part of this project, the BSO created HENRY, now available at archives.bso.org. The BSO will use a grant from the NEH to digitize the concert programs for all Boston Pops concerts, 1885 to present and all Tanglewood Music Center programs, 1940 to present. The performance details for the Pops (8,320 concerts) and TMC (2,800 concerts) will also be added to the HENRY search engine.

Project fields:
American Studies; Music History and Criticism

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$94,200 (approved)
$93,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 10/31/2018


PW-228126-15

Trustees of Indiana University (Bloomington, IN 47401-3654)
Brian Graney (Project Director: 07/16/2014 to present)

Richard E. Norman and Race Filmmaking: Reprocessing and Digitization

The creation of a comprehensive finding aid and the digitization of 40 linear feet (23,300 items) from the archives of Richard E. Norman, a pioneer in the development of films for African American audiences.

The Black Film Center/Archive (BFC/A) at Indiana University, working in partnership with the Indiana University Libraries, seeks support from the NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Implementation Grant program for the Richard E. Norman and Race Filmmaking: Reprocessing and Digitization project. The project proposes to reintegrate the dispersed holdings of pioneering race film producer and distributor Richard E. Norman; to produce and publish a comprehensive new finding aid to the collection; and to digitize 23,200 unique items in the collection for free public access online.

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Project fields:
African American Studies; American Studies; Media Studies

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$150,000 (approved)
$149,947 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 4/30/2018


PW-228165-15

University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
Stephen Mielke (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to present)

Preserving and Enhancing Access to Non-Commercial Sound Recordings at The Harry Ransom Center

A preservation risk assessment of 13,991 sound recordings from the Harry Ransom Center’s archives documenting 20th-century writers and performers such as John Beecher, Erle Stanley Gardner, Gloria Swanson, David Mamet, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anne Sexton.

The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin requests funds to support a $35,132 one-year project to develop and complete a preservation survey of the Center’s archival sound recordings. This survey will establish, enhance, and document preservation digitization priorities, processes, and standards to ensure future access to a significant collection of primary research materials.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$18,900 (approved)
$18,620 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 10/31/2016


PW-228234-15

Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-9800)
Danielle Riou (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to present)

Milosevic Trial Public Archive

Planning for a digital archive of 1,800 hours of streaming and downloadable video, expert reports, and complete transcripts of the trial of former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic at the United Nations war crimes court in the Hague.

The Human Rights Project at Bard College, in partnership with the nonprofit Internet Archive, is seeking funds to support the planning of an innovative archive that would provide free and fully-searchable streaming and downloadable video of the trial of former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic at the United Nations' war crimes court in The Hague. Milosevic was the first head of state ever to be tried for genocide, and the footage of his historic trial, which lasted from 2002 to 2006, includes more than 1,800 hours of testimony and procedure and represents a significant record of the decade of war that engulfed the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. This archive will feature sophisticated search capabilities and will be of significant value to scholars, educators, researchers, specialists, interdisciplinary artists, and documentary makers as well as to the general public. Jurisprudence, history, and linguistics are a few of the humanities disciplines that this project addresses.

Project fields:
Law and Jurisprudence

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 7/31/2016


PW-228123-15

American Folklore Society (Bloomington, IN 47406-7512)
Timothy Lloyd (Project Director: 07/16/2014 to present)

National Folklore Archives Initiative, Phase 2

The second phase of the National Folklore Archives Initiative, which would expand access to archival collections documenting American folklife by increasing the number of institutions in the Folklore Collections portal. The project would enable online searching of the collections of 24 folklife archives around the country, as well as strengthen the capacity of collections staff at each institution to continue expanding the resources.

The American Folklore Society is requesting $271,762 to support the two-year second phase of the National Folklore Archives Initiative (NFAI), a consortial effort to provide open, online, integrated access to information about the 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. The second phase of this initiative includes five interrelated activities: 1. Curate, develop, test, and distribute a scalable solution for larger-scale NFAI user training; 2. Continue work with existing archival partner sites to add content and value to our database; 3. Work with new archival partner sites to add additional content and value to our database and to build the NFAI community; 4. Implement additional organizational infrastructure for sustainability; and 5. Continue our partnership-building efforts.

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Project fields:
Folklore and Folklife

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$250,000 (approved)
$250,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 4/30/2017


PW-228168-15

University of Nebraska, Board of Regents (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Carolyn Heitman (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to present)

Salmon Pueblo Archaeological Research Collection

The digitization of archaeological field records, original drawings, and photographs, and integration into an existing research archive, along with electronic databases of data pertaining to the Salmon Pueblo site in northern New Mexico, which documents a prehistoric Puebloan cultural center dating to the 11th century CE and which was excavated in the 1970s.

The goal of the proposed Salmon Pueblo Archaeological Research Collection (SPARC) project is to preserve and make accessible incomparable legacy data from the important excavations of Salmon Pueblo. Built around 1090 CE, this ancestral Pueblo site was the first major colony outside of Chaco Canyon and was a cultural center on the north bank of the San Juan River 45 miles north of Chaco. The site of Salmon Pueblo is important both for its place in the larger Chacoan world of the twelfth century and its unique archaeological history. A collaboration exists between four institutions--the Salmon Ruins Museum, Archaeology Southwest, the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia. Support for SPARC will go toward three phases: (1) digital acquisition, (2) data integration and management, and (3) online preservation of and access to materials.

Project fields:
Anthropology; Archaeology; Social Sciences, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 10/31/2017


PW-228182-15

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN 55455-0433)
Kris Kiesling (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to present)

Guthrie Theater Archives (1963-Present): The 21st Century Collection

The arrangement and description of 800 cubic feet of archival material documenting the history of the Guthrie Theater from 1963 to the present.

The University of Minnesota Libraries seeks $137,020 in NEH funding to support an 18-month project to arrange, preserve, and describe the records of the nationally-recognized Guthrie Theater (guthrietheater.org) to current archival standards. Additionally, we will actively work with the Guthrie Theater leadership and staff to review and revise the current records management plan in order to address institutional changes and to create a sustainable plan for future accruals that includes born digital records. The work of gaining adequate intellectual and physical control of the collection is the necessary first step in making these materials publicly available through digitization, which is being planned for 2016. In the course of arranging and describing the materials, we will identify and flag materials that can be digitized at this later stage for thematic inclusion in national digital aggregation initiatives, such as the Digital Public Library of America.

Project fields:
History, General; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Theater History and Criticism

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$99,366 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 6/30/2017


PW-228127-15

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Inc. (Boston, MA 02116-2813)
Janet Spitz (Project Director: 07/16/2014 to 12/29/2015)
Evan Thornberry (Project Director: 12/29/2015 to present)

Central Web Portal to Maps of the American Revolution

The implementation of a Web portal to deliver 4,000 historic maps covering the Revolutionary War period, with a focus on Boston, the Atlantic region, and North America.
 

Leventhal Map Center is launching a Central Cartographic Web Portal focused on North America and the West Indies during the American Revolutionary War era, namely the time period from 1750 to 1800. Utilizing sophisticated technological functions, the Portal is curated to include the rarest and most informative printed and manuscript maps from 11 partners in the U.S. and U.K. that hold outstanding works which augment LMCs distinctive holdings from this era. It is a freely available online collection of 4,000 digital images, complete with scholarly references to the items, lesson plans for educators, and technology to create and manipulate maps using historic data; thereby enhancing traditional research in the humanities and enabling the creation of new information. The Portal is a resource for students, scholars, and the general public interested in or studying the historical, geographic, and cultural context of events in North America during the second half of the 18th century.

Project fields:
Geography; U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 4/30/2018


PW-228237-15

New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations (New York, NY 10018-2788)
Matthew Knutzen (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to 10/19/2015)
Artis Wright (Project Director: 10/19/2015 to present)

Mapping the Nation, 1565-1899

Cataloging, conservation, and digitization of approximately 4,000 single sheet maps dating from the 16th to the 19th century that document the whole of the United States at various periods in the nation’s history, as well as regional and state maps, and detailed maps of counties, towns, and localities.

One of the New York Public Library's (NYPL) most important collections is comprised of antiquarian sheet maps of the whole of the United States, as well its parts (e.g. Southern United States), individual states, counties, and localities. The collection numbers 3,093 titles (in 4,030 sheets) spanning three and a half centuries, with six titles from the 16th century, 37 from the 17th, 235 from the 18th, and 2,815 from the 19th. Mapping the Nation 1565-1899 will allow NYPL’s Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division to share these materials with a global audience through the creation of metadata, cataloging, basic preservation, and digitization. Upon completion of this project, 3,093 catalog records and 4,030 digital images will be made publicly accessible, offering a global audience unparalleled access both through wide dissemination of catalog and metadata records and openly licensed, freely downloadable digital images, and through other, future transformational processes.

Project fields:
Geography

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 4/30/2018


PW-228209-15

Texas A & M University, College Station (College Station, TX 77843-0001)
Daniel Schwartz (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to present)

Syriaca.org: Advanced Reference Resources for Middle Eastern History

The creation of advanced reference works and user tools for the online reference resource Syriaca.org, for the study of Syriac, a language widely spoken throughout the Near East for more than a millennium.

Syriac is a dialect of Aramaic once spoken by populations across the Middle East and Asia. Syriaca.org is an online reference hub for the study of Syriac history, literature, and cultures. Syriac sources document key moments in the interaction of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and also offer unique perspectives on the history of the Middle East from the Roman period through Ottoman rule and into the tumultuous present in Iraq, Syria, and the Levant. With past NEH support, Syriaca.org has prepared a collection of reference works (including authority records covering 1000 Syriac authors, 2500 Syriac places, and 1800 works of literature). Using the authority records as a foundation, Syriaca.org can now create advanced reference resources and user modules drawing upon these materials. Further support from the NEH will allow Syriaca.org to leverage its existing digital infrastructure in the creation of a new generation of digital reference works for the study of the Middle East and Asia.

Project fields:
History of Religion; Medieval History; Near and Middle Eastern History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 7/31/2018


PW-228135-15

Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA 19106-2702)
James Voelkel (Project Director: 07/16/2014 to present)

Foundation Proposal for a Chymical Encyclopedia, Database, and Repository (CEDR)

Planning for a reference resource, and development of a prototype, on the theory and practice of chemistry in the medieval through early modern eras, which would contain historical chemistry terminology, encyclopedia entries, digitized primary texts, and demonstrations.

The project proposes the creation of a reference resource on chemical processes and terminology pre-dating modern chemical notation that will inform historians, conservators and any other humanists interested in the material culture of the past. We envision a encyclopedia with definitive descriptions of substances and processes, a database of out-of-use chymical terms; and a repository of digitized original sources. We propose primarily an international planning workshop to coordinate a wide range of stakeholders, ranging from historians of technology and science, art historians and conservators, and archaeologists, to historically sensitive chemists and mineralogists. The workshop will establish editorial guidelines, methodology, and scope. We also propose prototyping elements of the encyclopedia, database, and repository, including the digitization of Macquer's 5-volume Dictionnaire de chymie (1789) and a medieval recipe book known as the "Secreti naturali."

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

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$39,457 (approved)
$38,065 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 6/30/2017


PW-226836-15

Duke University (Durham, NC 27705-4677)
Katherine Stefko (Project Director: 07/10/2014 to 09/25/2015)
Naomi Nelson (Project Director: 09/25/2015 to present)

Voices of Change: Preserving Radio Haiti

The processing and reformatting of the Radio Haiti archives, which contains 3,420 audio recordings and 60 linear feet of paper records documenting the pro-democracy station from the 1960s to 2000.

The Radio Haiti Project will result in global online access to the comprehensive audio archives of Radio Haiti, that nation’s oracle of democracy from the 1960s through 2002 when the station was shuttered following its founder’s assassination. The Radio Haiti Archives (RHA) contains 60 linear feet of paper records and 3,420 audio recordings, all of which will be processed and preserved as part of the project. In addition, the audio recordings will be digitized at preservation quality, preserved in Duke’s Digital Repository, and made available online via Duke’s Digital Collections interface, along with descriptive information, such as the name of each radio program or segment, its length, names of participants, and keywords.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Ethnic Studies

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$217,500 (approved)
$217,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 12/31/2017


PW-228132-15

University of Wisconsin, Madison (Madison, WI 53706-1314)
Matthew Edney (Project Director: 07/16/2014 to present)

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," and Volume Five on "The Nineteenth Century."

We request an implementation grant (July 2015-June 2017) under NEH’s Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program and Bridging Cultures initiative for work on The History of Cartography, a reference encyclopedia. We propose to complete editorial preparation of Vol. 4 in December 2016 and submit it to the University of Chicago Press, while continuing to advance Vol. 5. This award-winning series is the only comprehensive and reliable reference work to study the people, cultures, and societies that have produced and used maps from prehistory to the present. It provides intellectual access to the complex world of maps for scholars and the general public. It promotes and sustains the culturally sophisticated interpretation of maps as evidentiary source materials. Thoroughly researched by its editors and contributors, its content is rigorously checked by an experienced editorial team. The Press is publishing in print and e-book formats and is producing a free online edition.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 6/30/2017


PW-228144-15

Philharmonic Symphony Society of New York, Inc. (New York, NY 10023-6970)
Barbara Haws (Project Director: 07/16/2014 to present)

New York Philharmonic Digital Archives Project 1842-1943

The digitization of over 400,000 pages of the New York Philharmonic’s institutional records and 2,100 bound musical scores documenting the history of the organization from 1842 to 1943.

The New York Philharmonic is requesting a grant of $350,000 over three years (September 2015-August 2018) to digitize 404,100 pages of institutional records dating from 1842-1943, and make them freely available to humanities researchers, musicologists, musicians, and the general public on the Digital Archives website. Materials to be digitized as part of this project include Board minutes, correspondence, financial documents, labor contracts, audience lists, orchestral scores, and press clippings, providing a unique perspective on the cultural, political and social history of New York City and the United States. The newly-digitized materials will be added to the existing 1.5 million pages of archival documents from 1943-1970 that have been digitized since 2009. This project will result in further awareness of, as well as instant access to, the rich resources that exist for scholarly research on a variety of humanities themes within the Philharmonic Archives collection.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Music History and Criticism

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 8/31/2018


PW-228169-15

Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center (Atlanta, GA 30314-4207)
Andrea Jackson (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to 09/05/2017)
Christine Wiseman (Project Director: 09/05/2017 to present)

Spreading the Word: Expanding Access to African American Religious Collections

The arrangement and description of 126 linear feet of archival records and personal papers and the digitization of 2,139 photos and 1,163 video and audio recordings from 14 collections relating to the history of African American religion from the late 1800s to the early part of the current century.

The Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library (AUC Woodruff Library) seeks $350,000 in grant funding from NEH for an implementation project entitled Spreading the Word: Expanding Access to African American Religious Archival Collections. The cost for the three-year project is $599,994. The AUC Woodruff Library will create a robust digital collection, and prepare for access fourteen collections of rare audio/visual materials which have been underutilized. The resources, documenting African American religion from the late 1800s to the 2000s, include correspondence, diaries, sermons, scrapbooks of missionary work, chapel services, class lectures, photographs, televangelism recordings, and interviews from prominent scholars,such as W.E.B. DuBois, Malcolm X, and Pauli Murray. Scholarship on African American religion, often referred to to as the "cornerstone" of the community, will enhance humanistic study across several disciplines including sociology and history.

Project fields:
African American History; Religion, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 6/30/2018


PW-228138-15

Moravian Archives, Bethlehem (Bethlehem, PA 18018-2757)
Paul Peucker (Project Director: 07/16/2014 to present)

Eastern West Indies Records Planning Project

A planning project to enable the conservation and digitization of 120 linear feet of archival records documenting the work of Moravian missionaries in the eastern West Indies over the past two centuries, with an emphasis on the history of the region’s enslaved populations.

The Moravian Archives in Bethlehem, Pa. (MAB) request a HCRR Foundations grant of $37,982 to assess the records from the Eastern West Indies, held by the Moravian Archives. The goal of the project is 1) prioritization of the material according to its humanities values, resulting in written guidelines for prioritization of treatment and digitization 2) To conduct an item-by-item collection survey of prioritized material, including condition reports, treatment plans and cost estimates 3) To develop a plan for the digitization of the collection and a plan for the long-term digital preservation of the images.

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Project fields:
History, Other

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$37,982 (approved)
$37,982 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 2/29/2016


PW-228226-15

President and Fellows of Harvard College (Boston, MA 02115-6027)
Kathryn Hammond Baker (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to 09/03/2015)
Scott Podolsky (Project Director: 09/03/2015 to present)

Medicine at Ground Level: State Medical Societies’ Journals and the Development of American Medicine

The digitization of over 2.5 million pages from 117 historical medical journals produced throughout the United States during the 20th century for free online access as part of the Medical Heritage Library.

The Medical Heritage Library (MHL), a digital curation collaborative among some of the world’s leading medical libraries seeks funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to create a substantial digital collection of American state medical society journals. This proposal describes a collaborative project to digitize 117 titles from 48 states, from 1900 to 2000, comprising 2,500,369 pages in 3,579 volumes. When digitized, content will be fully searchable, preserved, and freely available through the Medical Heritage Library (MHL) collection in the Internet Archive (IA).

Project fields:
History, Other

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 4/30/2017


PW-228297-15

Chapman University (Orange, CA 92866-1005)
Doug Dechow (Project Director: 07/18/2014 to present)

Chapman University Center for American War Letters Foundations Grant Proposal

A pilot project to digitize a group of 2,000 letters written by American military servicemen and women as a prelude to digitizing the complete collection of 90,000 war letters. The project would also entail preliminary arrangement and description of the collection.

Chapman University acquired author/historian Andrew Carroll’s unique collection of more than 90,000 war letters. Beginning with the American Revolutionary War and continuing through present-day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, these letters are a vital record of the collective memory of the American people, as witnessed by servicemen/women, and their loved ones. Through the Center for American War Letters (CAWL) this project will enable Chapman to develop a digital archiving plan to provide educators, veterans, historians and scholars access to these primary source materials as to provide a deeper insight into the national experience portrayed in the letters.

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Project fields:
Military History; Public History; U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$39,850 (approved)
$39,850 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 4/30/2017


PW-228139-15

New York Public Radio (New York, NY 10013-1220)
Andy Lanset (Project Director: 07/16/2014 to present)

WNYC Audio Preservation and Access Project (Part II)

The digitization of up to 680 hours of radio broadcast recordings (1,360 individual recordings) from 1938 to 1970 pertaining to the political, social, and cultural history of New York.

New York Public Radio (NYPR), parent company of public radio stations WNYC and WQXR, respectfully requests a two-year grant of $325,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support Part II of the WNYC Audio Preservation and Access Project. This project will digitize, catalog, and provide wide access to approximately 680 hours of vintage radio broadcast material relevant to a wide range of humanities disciplines, including political science, urban development and sustainability, foreign affairs, arts and culture, and media history.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Media Studies; Urban History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 8/31/2017


PW-228212-15

Columbia University (New York, NY 10027-7922)
Janet Gertz (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to present)

Language and Culture Archive of Ashkenazic Jewry: Digitizing the Data

The digitization of field notes and supplemental surveys gathered during research for the Language and Culture Atlas of Ashkenazic Jewry, documenting Yiddish speakers in Europe and the Americas from the 1960s to the 1970s.

Columbia University proposes a 2-year project to digitize data from the Language and Culture Archive of Ashkenazic Jewry, containing 140,000 pages of notes on the linguistic, cultural and social content of 600 interviews conducted in the 1960-70s with native Yiddish speakers. This will benefit users of Yiddish as a source for historical, literary or anthropological research, and linguists studying languages in contact and the evolution and differentiation of language communities. This project will: digitize the interview answer sheets and interview-data computer printouts, and carry out OCR and mark-up to enable searching and data manipulation; make the digitized content freely available on the Internet; ingest the files into the CUL/IS Fedora-based preservation repository; process correspondence and administrative papers, maps, draft manuscripts, and related materials, and create an EAD finding aid and collection-level MARC record.

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

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 12/31/2017


PW-228174-15

University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
Fred Heath (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to 04/06/2015)
Lorraine Haricombe (Project Director: 04/06/2015 to present)

Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) Consortium to the 21st Century Project

A planning project to update technical standards and intellectual control for the Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO), which contains over 7,200 finding aids describing collections held by cultural heritage institutions in Texas.

The Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) consortium based at The University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas Libraries, would like to apply for a Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Foundations Grant, for the purpose of collaborative planning, assessment and pilot activities. Our TARO Project seeks to enhance intellectual control and solidify our collaborative framework for complex reference. Specifically, our Project would create editorial plans for standardization of existing archival finding aids and updating of EAD best practices documentation, devise strategies for technological and programmatic sustainability, and produce a concrete plan for critical changes to our online reference resources.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$35,204 (approved)
$35,204 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 8/31/2016


PW-228281-15

Chugachmiut (Anchorage, AK 99508-3463)
Phyllis Wimberley (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to present)

Becoming Aware of Our Beginnings: A Digital Archive of Chugach Cultural Heritage

The creation of an online digital archive of approximately 700 ethnographic objects, art works, and photographs, representing the cultural heritage of the Chugach people of southern Alaska.

TThrough this NEH project, we will gather, upload, display, and disseminate historical information about all Chugach ethnographic collections worldwide on a dedicated website that will be accessible to researchers at varying levels, depending on the user’s purpose and relationship to Chugachmiut intellectual copyright.

Project fields:
Cultural Anthropology; Cultural History; Native American Studies

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$250,000 (approved)
$229,718 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 3/31/2017


PW-228261-15

University of California, Irvine (Irvine, CA 92617-3066)
John Renaud (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to present)

Piloting Linked Open Data for Artists' Books

A pilot project to create linked open data for a collection of around 500 artists’ books, including works by and about women and contemporary American politics and works produced in Latin American countries.

The University of California, Irvine Libraries seeks planning support for an incubator project to connect scholars to artists’ books through the use of linked open data (LOD). The pilot project will incorporate expertise from special collections, visual arts, metadata, and information technology into development of a scalable resource for facilitating discovery of artists’ books and increase scholarly attention on these highly visual, sculptural, and interactive works of art.

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Project fields:
Arts, Other

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$36,531 (approved)
$36,531 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 4/30/2016


PW-228262-15

Trustees of Indiana University (Bloomington, IN 47401-3654)
Alan Burdette (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to present)

Wax Cylinder Preservation and Access Project

Digital reformatting and preservation of nearly 7,000 sound recordings on wax cylinders made between 1893 and 1938. These field recordings, housed at the Archives of Traditional Music at Indiana University, document early years of American anthropology and represent cultural heritage materials collected from Native Americans and indigenous groups across the globe.

This project will transfer and digitally preserve 6,957 wax cylinder recordings held by the Archives of Traditional Music (ATM) at Indiana University. The project will also improve access to the recordings by way of electronic indexing, online streaming, and an effort to develop updated and more granular protocols for use of the recordings. These cylinders comprise 160 ethnographic collections from all over the world and made between 1893 and 1938, containing primarily unique, irreplaceable recordings. Many of these recordings were made during a seminal period of American anthropology, folklore, ethnomusicology, and linguistics, by prominent scholars such as Franz Boaz, Elsie Clews Parsons, George Herzog, and Edward Sapir. A joint effort of Indiana University's Archives of Traditional Music and the Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative, this project comes at a critical time and an opportune moment in the history of these sound artifacts.

Project fields:
Anthropology; Ethnomusicology; Folklore and Folklife

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 12/31/2018