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PW-259002-18

University of Massachusetts, Boston (Boston, MA 02125-3300)
Christa Beranek (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Digitizing Plimoth Plantation’s 17th-Century Historical Archaeology Collections

Cataloging, digitization, and creation of access to the archaeological collections connected to the early colonists of Plimoth Plantation.  Focusing on historical artifacts from four key sites, the project would encompass field notes, plans, drawings, and photos associated with the excavations that took place between 1940 and 1972.  Materials would be made accessible for the public, teachers, students, and scholars via an online database and finding aids.

In the years since The Mayflower made her iconic voyage, American cultural identity and heritage have developed a complex mythology surrounding the ship and her passengers. The approaching 400th anniversary (1620-2020) of this voyage has generated renewed public and scholarly interest in this time period and the Pilgrims’ daily lives. This project will digitize Plimoth Plantation’s key 17th-century archaeological collections connected to these early colonists: the RM/Clark Garrison site (C-1), the Winslow site (C-2), the William Bradford II site (C-6), and the Allerton-Cushman site (C-21). When finished, the data will be made accessible via an online catalog and finding aids designed for both the public and scholarly communities. As a result, anyone with internet access will be able to explore and learn from the primary source archaeological record and gain a better understanding of the early colonists in Massachusetts who captured the national imagination.

Project fields:
Archaeology; Public History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$181,000 (approved)
$181,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2021


PW-259003-18

Wisconsin Library Services (Madison, WI 53715-1255)
Emily Pfotenhauer (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Listening to War: Digitizing Wisconsin's Wartime Oral Histories

The digitization of 1,100 oral history interviews, comprising 1,299 hours of sound recordings and 330 hours of moving images, pertaining to Wisconsin's experience in wartime during the 20th century.

Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS) requests a grant of $147,534 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support a two-year initiative to digitize, preserve and provide access to more than 1,100 oral history interviews documenting the lives of Wisconsin veterans and civilians during wartime. The proposed project builds on a yearlong planning project conducted by the Recollection Wisconsin collaborative statewide digital program, supported by an NEH Foundations grant. The Foundations project identified a range of hidden, at-risk analog and born-digital audio and video formats held by 22 small and mid-sized libraries, archives, historical societies and museums across Wisconsin. As program manager for the Recollection Wisconsin consortium, WiLS will work with partners including UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, Wisconsin Historical Society, Wisconsin Public Radio and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum to extend the reach, visibility and useful life of these audiovisual recordings.

Project fields:
Military History; U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$135,000 (approved)
$135,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2020


PW-259039-18

Abbe Museum (Bar Harbor, ME 04609-0286)
Julia Gray (Project Director: July 2017 to May 2018)
Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko (Project Director: May 2018 to June 2018)
Jodi C. DeBruyne (Project Director: June 2018 to present)

Access to Native American Collections at the Abbe Museum

The Abbe Museum is requesting funding through the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Foundations program to collaboratively develop and assess processes, systems, tools, and workflows to connect traditional cultural knowledge to Wabanaki collections at the Abbe Museum. These processes and tools will at the same time enable Native communities to reclaim control over access to and use of their cultural heritage. This project is a critical part of decolonizing our collections care, management, and interpretation practices at the Abbe Museum. It will add invaluable information that significantly increases the cultural and intellectual relevance and value of a unique humanities collection.

Project fields:
Archaeology; Cultural Anthropology; Cultural History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2020


PW-259040-18

University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0001)
David Seubert (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

The American Discography Project: Edison Disc Recording Access Initiative

The completion of discographic entries for the complete output of Edison Diamond Discs, Thomas Edison’s recording company, in the Discography of American Historical Recordings. The project would make information publicly searchable for about 14,000 discs recorded and released from 1912 to 1929 and also would digitize 9,000 selections for public streaming access through the National Jukebox.

The American Discography Project-Edison Disc Recording Access Initiative is a project to add discographic data on all 14,000 Edison disc recordings to UC Santa Barbara's Discography of American Historical Recordings (DAHR) as well as digitize 9,000 issued sides from major repositories holding Edison discs. The project will be the first to digitize the complete corpus of an American record company for online access.

Project fields:
American Studies; Music History and Criticism

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$315,000 (approved)
$314,993 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2020


PW-259029-18

American Congregational Association (Boston, MA 02108-3704)
Margaret L. Bendroth (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

New England's Hidden Histories: Providing Access to Founding Documents of American Democracy

The addition of at least 18,000 pages, finding aids, and select transcriptions to the New England’s Hidden Histories collection of early New England church records.

New England's Hidden Histories is a program, sponsored by the Congregational Library and Archives, to collect and display on its website all extant seventeenth- and eighteenth-century church records of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Maine as well as supporting ecclesiastical papers—diaries, synod records, sermons, etc. We propose to continue and expand ongoing efforts (funded by NEH in 2015) to create a minimum of 18,000 new digital scans over the course of three years, along with finding aids and other tools (including transcriptions). We intend to expand our geographic scope to regions, like Maine, that are historically under-documented, and to strategically extend partnerships with like-minded institutions that embrace our mission and are eager to do their part to move it forward.

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

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$308,000 (approved)
$308,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 8/31/2021


PW-259037-18

President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA 02138-3846)
Afsaneh Najmabadi (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Women's Worlds in Qajar, Iran

A project to expand the Women’s Worlds in Qajar Iran (WWQI) digital archive and website with family and institutional archives held in over 40 collections in five regional areas not represented in the current resource, dating from the late 18th through the early 20th centuries.  A guided tour with audio on a specific subset of the collection would be featured on the project website.

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 41,000 digital facsimiles of primary materials (over 6,000 distinct items) held by 166 private families and individuals and 22 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:
$235,000 (approved)
$235,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2020


PW-259079-18

Modern Language Association of America (New York, NY 10003-6981)
Barbara Chen (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

The Hidden History of Modern Language: Revitalizing the Archives of the Modern Language Association

The arrangement and description of 42 linear feet of organizational records of the Modern Language Association dating from 1896 to 2010.  These archival materials would also be rehoused and a collection finding aid produced.

The Modern Language Association (MLA) seeks National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grant support for a project titled The Hidden History of Modern Language: Revitalizing the Archives of the Modern Language Association. The MLA aims to process, preserve, and catalog materials in its core archival collection, called the General Chronological Series (GCS), 1896–2010. Cataloging will result in both a searchable database and a classic finding aid hosted on the MLA archives Web site. This project will transform a hard-to-access and little-known repository of historical documents into a widely accessible, twenty-first-century digital archives and rich educational resource and will result in the creation of what may be the first publicly accessible archives on the study of modern languages in America as a unified subject.

Project fields:
History, Other; Languages, Other

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$16,635 (approved)
$16,635 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 10/1/2018


PW-259083-18

University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA 52242-1320)
Jennifer K Sherer (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Indexing the Iowa Labor History Oral Project

Transcription of 363 oral history interviews from the Iowa Labor History Oral Project and completion of a comprehensive digital index.

Project fields:
American Studies; Labor History; Labor Relations

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
7/1/2018 – 6/30/2020


PW-259108-18

University of Kentucky Research Foundation (Lexington, KY 40506-0004)
Deirdre A. Scaggs (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Revealing 200 Years of the American Mosaic through the Wade Hall Collection of American Letters

Arrangement and description of 355 cubic feet of letters, diaries, and other personal papers from the Wade Hall Collection of American Letters, which chronicle various aspects of the American experience from 1750 to 1960.  Fifty cubic feet of material would be digitized, resulting in over 2,000 finding aids and 80,000 digitized documents. 

The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters, held at the University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center (SCRC), includes thousands of individual collections, comprising 372 cubic feet of letters, diaries, and other personal papers. This diverse material documents the American experience through letters and diaries written by men women of different ages, races, education, and socio-economic status, from all over North America from 1750-1970s. “P.S. Write Again Soon”: Revealing 200 Years of the American Mosaic through the Wade Hall Collection of American Letters requests National Endowment of the Humanities funding to hire a Project Archivist to provide online access to this significant collection. The project expects to generate over 2000 keyword searchable finding aids and the digitization of 50 cubic feet from the collection.

Project fields:
American Studies; U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$199,148 (approved)
$199,148 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2020


PW-259113-18

New-York Historical Society (New York, NY 10024-5152)
Henry F. Raine (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Digitization of the New-York Historical Society's Subway Construction Photograph Collection

The digitization of 66,000 photographs produced by the New York City Board of Transportation before and during construction of the New York subway system from 1900 to 1950, documenting people, buildings, streetscapes, and the construction process throughout the subway network across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.

Project fields:
Urban History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$87,310 (approved)
$87,310 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2019


PW-259115-18

Huguenot Historical Society, New Paltz, N.Y. (New Paltz, NY 12561-1415)
Josephine Bloodgood (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Preserving and Enhancing Access for the Historic Documents of New Paltz, New York

A collaborative planning and pilot project to assess and selectively digitize archival records held at four cultural heritage institutions in New Paltz, New York, pertaining to the history and culture of the Mid-Hudson Valley region during the 17th-19th centuries, including the experiences of Native American, African American, and Dutch Reformed communities.

Historic Huguenot Street seeks planning support for the preservation and digitization of selections from its own archival collections, as well as portions from the Town of New Paltz, the Dutch Reformed Church of New Paltz, and the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection at the Elting Memorial Library. The proposed planning phase consists of three main steps: 1) review by scholars to evaluate and prioritize collections for digitization based on humanities value and relative uniqueness of the materials; 2) a condition survey of archives by professional conservators; and 3) development of a digitization plan and written procedures to ensure safe handling of documents during the process. The ultimate goal of the project is to provide essential documents to inform and guide a multi-year implementation project to extend the life of these nationally-significant collections, while making their intellectual content more accessible through digitization.

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

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$59,996 (approved)
$59,996 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2020


PW-259116-18

University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
Virginia Garrard Burnett (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Transcribing AILLA: Increasing Collection Access and Reusability through Crowdsourced Transcription

A Foundations pilot project to transcribe materials in Mixtec, a pre-Columbian language spoken in south-central Mexico, and that are housed at the Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America.  Working with undergraduate linguistics students and Mixtec community members who have migrated to southern California, the applicant would undertake transcription of hand-written documents and audio recordings to make them searchable, thereby improving access and reuse. 


The Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA) at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) has thousands of images of handwritten manuscripts whose text cannot be searched, making them difficult for users to discover and access. Since many of these documents are transcriptions or translations of recordings in AILLA's collections, improving access to a manuscript increases access to other media. This project pilots a low-cost process to improve access to resources in AILLA's collections by crowdsourcing the transcription of select handwritten documents written in Mixtec languages using open-source software. It will be implemented in an undergraduate linguistics course at UT, for which lesson plans will be developed, and within a Mixtec speech community in California, in an effort to develop a community of practice. More broadly, investigators will disseminate findings among other digital archives so they may adapt the approach to any language.

Project fields:
Latin American Languages; Linguistic Anthropology; Linguistics

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$42,000 (approved)
$42,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2019


PW-259117-18

California State University, Northridge, University Corporation (Northridge, CA 91330-8316)
Jose Luis Benavides (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Creating a Digital Database of the Richard Cross Photographic Collection at the Tom & Ethel Bradley Center at CSU

The arrangement, description, and selected digitization of a collection of 35,000 images produced by American photojournalist Richard Cross, documenting civil wars in Central America during the 1970s-80s as well as daily life in the city of Palenque de San Basilio in Colombia, populated by descendants of the oldest community of escaped slaves in the Americas.

This proposal seeks funding to enable the Tom & Ethel Bradley Center to create a digital archive of photographs by Richard Cross. Digitizing these photographs will preserve and allow broad access to a threatened visual repository, which addresses themes of import to Black communities that resisted enslavement, and which embodies the collective visual memory of the lived experience of war in Central America.

Project fields:
Anthropology; Journalism; Latin American History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2021


PW-259005-18

University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. (Athens, GA 30602-1589)
Claudio Saunt (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Mapping the People of Early America

Completion of a database and Web platform mapping the settlement and movement of African, Native, and European populations in North America between 1500 and 1790.

The spread of Old World peoples across North America reshaped the continent and is a signal event in the making of the modern world, and yet we cannot picture the demographic revolution in any detail. Astoundingly, even after a century of professional scholarship on early America, the great transformation that remade the continent remains unmapped. Under the proposed grant, the Mapping the People of Early America Project intends to complete a population geodatabase representing early American peoples and to build a web platform that allows users to visualize and analyze the changing African, Native, and European populations in North America between 1500 and 1790. We expect that the data will become the base layer, literally and figuratively, for all future studies of early America, undertaken by humanists and environmental scientists alike. Scholars are sorely in need of this most essential of reference resources.

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

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$185,176 (approved)
$185,176 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2021


PW-259090-18

Amistad Research Center (New Orleans, LA 70116-2015)
Laura J. Thomson (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

African American Land Ownership in the South: Increasing Access to the Records of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives and the Emergency Land Fund

A planning project to organize the records of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives and the Emergency Land Fund relating to African American land ownership and agriculture in the rural South from the 1960s through the 1990s.

The Amistad Research Center seeks funding through an HCRR Foundations Grant to complete the first of two planned stages to increase access to two large sets of related organizational records that pertain to African American land ownership and agriculture in the rural South from the 1960s through the 1990s.

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

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2019


PW-259091-18

Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. (Charlottesville, VA 22902-0316)
Jillian E. Galle (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

The Origins of a Slave Society: Digitizing Flowerdew Hundred

Cataloging and digitization of archaeological collections from the Flowerdew Hundred site, a major 17th-century plantation in the Virginia Tidewater region.  Artifacts, site records, maps, and photographs would be integrated into the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery, where they would be made publicly accessible along with materials from approximately 80 other slavery sites in the Atlantic and Caribbean region. 

 


The Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery, in collaboration with the University of Virginia Library, will identify, catalog, digitize, and make accessible to diverse stakeholders collections from four of the earliest and most significant 17th-century archaeological sites at Flowerdew Hundred, a thousand acre plantation near Jamestown, Virginia. The occupations of these four sites span a dynamic period of settlement and agricultural expansion in the region. Fifteen of the first 25 enslaved Africans imported into British North America lived at Flowerdew Hundred by 1619. They joined indentured Europeans, neighboring Weanock Indians, and European landowners in shaping mid-17th century plantation settlements. By making accessible a vital part of the limited material record of the social and economic struggles that comprised the 17th-century Chesapeake, this project will provide data to address complex questions about a critical period of America’s development and survival.

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

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 4/30/2021


PW-259128-18

Robert Aqqaluk Newlin, Sr. Memorial Trust (Kotzebue, AK 99752-0509)
Hans Bernhardt Nelson (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Aqqaluk Trust Alaska Native Voices: Pilot Study to Preserve and Disseminate the Indigenous Spirit Conference Tapes

A Foundations project to preserve and create access to 700 audiocassette tapes of Alaskan Iñupiaq elders, recorded between 1976 and 1981, that document native lifeways during a period of rapid cultural change.  The collaborative project includes training, digitization, cataloging, long-term storage, and creation of online access to the original recorded narratives, speeches, and musical works.  It would establish a collaborative process for native Alaskan organizations to preserve at-risk audio recordings.

 


Aqqaluk Trust Alaska Native Voices (ATANV) is a collaborative effort to preserve and provide access to 700 unique Alaska Native Elders’ cassette tapes recordings. These primary source materials document the Iñupiaq “Spirit Program” from 1976-81 which records firsthand descriptions in Iñupiaq of essential indigenous Northwest Alaskan survival skills and moral maxims. The lifeways described are now largely historical, yet the Spirit Program forms the bedrock of present-day Iñupiaq values. Stored in extremely high relative humidity conditions on the Northern Alaska coast for the past 36-41 years, these tapes are now at risk from magnetic tape failure or ever-present threats from the natural environment. The ATANV project hopes to provide these historic audio tapes with preservation and digital access before they are lost, providing cataloging and online access to the digital files while storing the originals in environmentally controlled conditions.

Project fields:
Cultural Anthropology; Cultural History; Linguistic Anthropology

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$45,087 (approved)
$45,087 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 12/31/2019


PW-259118-18

Moravian Archives, Bethlehem (Bethlehem, PA 18018-2757)
Paul M. Peucker (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Eastern West Indies Records Preservation and Digitization Project

The conservation treatment and digitization of eight volumes (3,566 pages) of Moravian Church records focused on missions on the Caribbean islands of St. Croix and Antigua from the late 18th through the mid-20th centuries.

The Moravian Archives in Bethlehem, Pa. (MAB) is seeking a HCRR Implementation grant of $265,359 to preserve and digitize selected records from the Eastern West Indies (EWI), held by the Moravian Archives and based on existing guidelines for prioritization of treatment and digitization. The goal of the project is 1) To provide conservation treatment for these selected records in order to allow future use of these records 2) To digitize these records 3) To provide wide public access to their content by uploading the digitized material to an appropriate digital platform.

Project fields:
History, Other

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$196,000 (approved)
$196,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2021


PW-259060-18

Treasury of Lives, Inc. (New York, NY 10011-5510)
Alexander Patten Gardner (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Planning for the Long-Term Sustainability of The Treasury of Lives Encyclopedia of Tibet, Inner Asia, and The Himalayan Region

A Foundations planning project for preservation of and access to a digital biographical encyclopedia that documents the lives of prominent religious and cultural leaders of the Tibetan/Himalayan region from the 11th to the 20th centuries.  Planning would address improvements in data management, editorial standards, search optimization, and public engagement for the online encyclopedia.


The Treasury of Lives is seeking a Foundations grant in order to plan for the long-term sustainability of our open access born-digital biographical encyclopedia of Tibet, Inner Asia and the Himalayan Region. Working closely with consultants, experts in their fields of Library Science, Data Science, Geographic Information Systems, and the Humanities, the team will develop a robust framework for data discovery, cataloging convention, categorization, and searching, while also planning for long term storage and preservation of the growing resource that is accessed by 6000 users monthly. Based on the knowledge gained over the grant period, the project will culminate in a discussion of how similar organizations can work together to create unified standards and share knowledge. The proposed project will be carried out over 18 months and consist of regular meetings with specialists who will collaboratively assess our current systems and make recommendations for protocols going forward.

Project fields:
Area Studies; East Asian History; Nonwestern Religion

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 10/31/2019


PW-259144-18

University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA 90089-0012)
Susan Luftschein (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

L.A. as Subject Community Histories Digitization Project

Digitization of around 17,000 items including paper materials, historic photographs, video recordings, and cultural objects from collections held by six community archives in the L.A. as Subject research alliance.

Project fields:
American Studies; Ethnic Studies; Urban History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
7/1/2018 – 6/30/2020


PW-259161-18

Brooklyn Historical Society (Brooklyn, NY 11201-2711)
Julie I. May (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Portal to the Past: Creating Brooklyn Historical Society's Digital Map Collection

The cataloging, conservation, and digitization of 1,600 flat and folded maps of Brooklyn, from the Revolutionary War era to 2015, concentrating on the early development of the city (and, eventually, borough of New York City) in the 19th century.

Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) seeks funding to increase public access to the institution’s extensive collection of flat and folded maps through conservation, digitization, and the creation of a web-based portal. This initiative will extend the useful life of BHS’s maps, as they are regularly used for research and throughout BHS exhibitions, multimedia initiatives, and K-12+ education programming. What distinguishes this collection from those held by other local repositories is the sheer number and concentration of Brooklyn maps. Taken all together, the historical sweep, focus, and number of maps in this collection provide an unparalleled opportunity to see the span of Brooklyn’s development in one sitting. Online access to the collection will enable and encourage new scholarship with a nationwide scope, as internet researchers will be able to find information about the collection, view maps, and draw connections to related collections held by other repositories.

Project fields:
Geography; Urban History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$135,000 (approved)
$110,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 9/30/2019


PW-259165-18

San Antonio Museum of Art (San Antonio, TX 78209-6396)
Heather Snow Fulton (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

San Antonio Museum of Art Collection Digitization Project

A three-year project to capture digital images of approximately 1,850 artworks representing the museum’s diverse international collections, develop digital content, and upgrade infrastructure associated with its collection management system. Newly digitized materials would be freely available through a redesigned website.

The San Antonio Museum of Art provides transformative experiences for its annual 130,000 visitors and 20,000 students through its collection, special exhibitions, and 1,175 programs. Since opening in March 1981, the Museum’s permanent collection has grown to over 30,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years of history, from Egyptian antiquities to contemporary Australian Aboriginal art. Currently, the Museum’s collection is almost exclusively beneficial to visitors to the physical campus, mostly residents of Central and South Texas and travelers to San Antonio. To continue to fulfill its mission and reach the broadest audience possible, the Museum would like to make its collection available in an online searchable database. A grant of $350,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities would allow the Museum to take the necessary steps to digitize its collection and make it globally accessible.

Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2021


PW-259053-18

Museum of the City of New York (New York, NY 10029-5287)
Lindsay Turley (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Eyes on America: Processing and Cataloging the LOOK Collection

Processing a collection of approximately 170,000 photographic negatives from LOOK magazine, including cataloging, copyright research, evaluation, and creation of 8,500 reference scans.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$96,618 (approved)
$96,618 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 10/31/2019


PW-259054-18

Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-9800)
Aaron Glass (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Digitization and Description of Boas/Hunt Collections

The digitization of 6,000 pages of texts, 200 photographs, 272 objects, and 212 sound recordings representing the core research materials used in the preparation of the monograph The Social Organization and Secret Societies of the Kwakiutl Indians, authored by Franz Boas and George Hunt in 1897.

This Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grant will support digitization of invaluable primary source materials relating to the Kwakwa_ka_’wakw (Kwakiutl), compiled by Franz Boas and George Hunt during the years 1886-1939 and now dispersed over a wide array of institutions, along with their indexing and description in accordance with nationally recognized metadata standards. The proposed work will develop new reference resources describing the larger Boas-Hunt collections, their historical origins, and their cultural significance; contribute significant digital content to the various holding institutions; prepare digital assets for a planned preservation repository at the University of British Columbia; and create an open-access online interface that allows discovery of the newly digitized and described content, thereby providing integrated public access while repatriating long inaccessible cultural heritage to its indigenous inheritors.

Project fields:
Cultural Anthropology; Native American Studies

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$291,000 (approved)
$290,735 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2020


PW-259056-18

Presbyterian Historical Society (Philadelphia, PA 19147-1516)
Beth Shalom Hessel (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Digitizing the Religious News Service Photographs: A Planning Project

A Foundations planning project to place online 68,000 photographs taken by the Religious News Service; 500 high-priority images would be selected for digitization.

Project fields:
Media Studies; Religion, General; U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$44,135 (approved)
$44,135 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 10/31/2019


PW-259055-18

Chicago Horticultural Society (Glencoe, IL 60022-1168)
Leora Siegel (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Conserving, Digitizing, and Disseminating Rare and Fragile Horticultural Records

Conservation and digitization of 62 rare and unique volumes of “language of flowers” literature published in the United States and Europe during the 19th century, to be made publicly available via the Biodiversity Heritage Library. 

The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Lenhardt Library seeks to conserve, digitize, and disseminate 62 rare and fragile language of flowers volumes. The project will create and sustain free, public access to the culturally significant works, providing insights into 19th literature, gender roles, and botanical culture. Two contracted vendors, ARTEX, a fine art shipper, and the nationally recognized Northeast Document Conservation Company, will ship, conserve, and digitize the works to the highest professional standards. Library staff will inspect the work, assign metadata to digital pages and images, shelve conserved volumes in a secure rare book room, and upload digitized content to the Biodiversity Heritage Library, an open access repository of biodiversity literature facilitated by Smithsonian Libraries. Staff will broadly disseminate the grant products through rare book viewings, exhibitions, lectures, Public Library Days, youth programs, social and legacy media, and the Garden blog.

Project fields:
History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine; Literature, General; Women's History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$202,000 (approved)
$202,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2021


PW-259034-18

University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ 85721-0001)
Suzanne L Eckert (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Implementing a Consolidated Collections Information System

The continued development and completion of a single, searchable database for the Arizona State Museum’s ethnographic and archaeological collections, which document 13,000 years of cultural heritage in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.  At the completion of this phase, over 360,000 database entries would be made accessible online and linked to archival records of original excavation notes and reports.

Project fields:
Anthropology; Cultural History; Native American Studies

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$298,000 (approved)
$298,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2018 – 6/30/2020


PW-258977-18

University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0001)
Patricia Fumerton (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

EBBA and the British Library: Making Popular Ballads of the Past more Present

The continued development of the English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA) with the addition of 1,300 rare, pre-1701 printed ballads held at the British Library.  In addition, the project would catalog 905 tune titles and approximately 18,250 woodcut impressions, as well as enhance access to the existing ballad collection by providing faceted searching and other features to improve the user experience.

The Univ. of California-Santa Barbara requests critical funding to launch its penultimate, 7th phase of the English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA), significantly expanding the archive with 1,300 rare ballads from the British Library, many unique. As always, EBBA will provide high-quality color facsimiles, text transcriptions, deep cataloging in TEI/XML/MARC, recordings, and informative essays. In this phase, we will also enhance our interface with 1) configurable, faceted searches; 2) user controls and MEI encoding of tune recordings and their transcriptions; and 3) sophisticated human cataloging of the ballads' illustrative woodcuts, matched by our existing image-association software. Additionally, we will develop a new section to support K-12 and undergraduate pedagogy, with class plans and interactive tools. EBBA will in the process widen access to these crucial cultural artifacts so that scholars, students and the general public can engage with them as text, data, art, and song.

Project fields:
British Literature

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2020


PW-259028-18

Museum of the City of New York (New York, NY 10029-5287)
Morgen Stevens-Garmon (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Conservation and Digitization of the Museum of the City of New York’s Theatrical Broadsides

The preservation and digitization of 700 early, one-sheet playbills from New York theaters from 1785 to the 1880s. The Museum of the City of New York would complete the conservation, description, and digitization of its Collection of Theatrical Broadsides, ensuring the survival of documents important for the study of early American performing arts.

This two-year project will improve stewardship of and increase public access to 700 early one-sheet playbills comprising the Collection of Theatrical Broadsides. In addition to providing a record of theatrical history, these items provide diverse scholarly perspectives on New York City, and hold value for scholars interested in cultural history, as well as evidentiary documentation of day-to-day life. Dating from 1785 through the 1880s, the Collection of Theatrical Broadsides is comprised of the earliest and most fragile group of materials in the Theater Collection. If successfully funded, this project would provide for the Museum to carry out conservation on half of the broadsides, digitize 95% of the items, and catalog and rehouse all 700 objects. Upon the project’s conclusion, the digitized broadsides will be publicly searchable and freely available via the Museum’s online Collections Portal—http://collections.mcny.org—and a descriptive finding aid will be posted online.

[Media coverage]

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$143,804 (approved)
$143,804 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2020


PW-258989-18

Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ 08540-4907)
Sabine Schmidtke (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

The Zaydi Manuscript Tradition: A Digital Repository and Portal

Digitization of 488 Zaydi manuscripts held in European libraries and preparation of 143 microfilm images of manuscripts held at the University of Texas, Austin, and 1,000 images of manuscripts from collections in Yemen, currently held by the Institute of Advanced Study, for uploading to the digital repository at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library. All 1,631 manuscripts, which range from the 9th to the 20th century, would be cataloged.

The literary tradition of the Zaydi community, a branch of Shi’i Islam that originated in Kufa and later developed in Northern Iran and Yemen, is among the richest and most variegated strands within Islamic civilization and one of the least studied due to issues of preservation and access. The most significant collections of Zaydi manuscripts are housed in Yemeni libraries, many of which have been damaged or destroyed over the course of the 20th century, and the continuing war constitutes an imminent threat. Only a fraction of collections, including those in Europe, North America, and the Middle East, have been preserved digitally and even fewer are freely accessible. The Zaydi Manuscript Tradition, an initiative of the Institute for Advanced Study and Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, aims to digitize and house the entire Zaydi manuscript culture in a single repository and provide comprehensive open access to its literary tradition for scholars, researchers, and educators worldwide.

Project fields:
Intellectual History; Near and Middle Eastern History; Near and Middle Eastern Literature

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2021


PW-259047-18

Trustees of Indiana University (Indianapolis, IN 46202-2915)
Jonathan Eller (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Preserving the World of Ray Bradbury

A Foundations planning project to preserve and process a collection of papers and memorabilia associated with the writer Ray Bradbury.

 


The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies houses a lifetime of the author’s literary works, artifacts, library, correspondence, typescripts, photographs, awards and mementos, recordings, and juvenilia, nearly 30,000 pounds of materials in all. Most of these thousands of documents and artifacts are fragile and disordered, requiring the kind of consultation and planning outlined and requested in this grant application. The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies requests HCRR Foundations grant funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to bring in expert consultants from peer research centers as well as local consultants who will provide guidance in archival accessioning, artifact preservation, database documentation, digital imaging, public outreach, and collections management. A central outcome will be a formal Preservation Plan that will support, describe, and provide guidelines for the project, reported and disseminated through a white paper and future public access to the archive.

Project fields:
American Studies

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2019


PW-259048-18

University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94704-5940)
Lawrence Robert Rinder (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Saving Top Value Television: Alternative Documentation of American Cultural History and Politics

The digitization and preservation of 254 hours of video footage and documentaries and related archival materials, created by Top Value Television, an independent collective of video and media artists and documentarians who captured American cultural events and political campaigns in the 1970s.

The two-year project "Saving Top Value Television: Alternative Documentation of American Cultural History and Politics" will preserve and enhance access to the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive's distinctive Top Value Television (TVTV) Collection--videotapes and paper materials that document a seminal component of the early history of video, important historical and political events, and an alternative approach to television. This initiative will ensure the longevity of this unique, vulnerable, and socially significant historical collection, and will make it widely available to students, faculty, researchers, scholars, and the general public via the Internet and on site at the BAMPFA Film Library & Study Center.

Project fields:
Film History and Criticism; Political History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$220,537 (approved)
$220,537 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2020


PW-259124-18

University of Arkansas, Little Rock (Little Rock, AR 72204-1000)
Deborah J. Baldwin (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Mapping Renewal Pilot Project

The development of a pilot database with online access to archival collections, 1940-1970, focusing on urban renewal, desegregation, and civil rights era history in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The project would provide online access to maps, architectural drawings, photographs, and other archival materials via a beta version of a database and Web portal, and would result in enhancements to controlled vocabularies, a tested workflow, and a white paper detailing lessons learned.

The Mapping Renewal Pilot Project will bring together humanities scholars and technical specialists focused on creating access to and providing context to spatial segregation and urban renewal in the city of Little Rock, Arkansas, through the digitization of maps, architectural drawings, reports, and related architectural photographs. This project will result in several products: a tested workflow for digitizing, geocoding, describing, and making available a large amount of material in a virtual collection; new controlled vocabulary terms added to our existing controlled vocabularies; an ontology specific to the needs of researchers in urban history; increased availability of additional digitized primary resource materials; archetypal descriptions of our three target audiences (as a result of the reports from focus groups and usability testing); and a beta version of a project website with specific interfaces designed for each audience.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$49,946 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 10/31/2019


PW-259076-18

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston, TX 77265-6826)
Mari Carmen Ramirez (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Beyond Recovery—A Collaborative Expansion of the ICAA Documents Project Digital Archive

A project to process and upload approximately 10 art journals and 1,500 documents by notable Latin American and Latino artists, critics, curators, and historians into a digital archive that integrates artists’ sketches and notes, lectures, manuscripts, correspondence, and newspaper articles documenting 20th-century Latin American and Latino art. A new database and user interface would improve the functionality of the resource.

Documents of 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art: A Digital Archive and Publications Project is a multi-year, multi-million dollar project dedicated to the recovery and publication of critical primary source documents related to Latin American and Latino art. This initiative addresses the endemic lag in the field of Latin American/Latino art history, research, and teaching by providing access to writings by artists, artistic groups, critics, and curators from North and South America. The project’s Digital Archive provides users free, universal access to a database of thousands of primary source documents that are fundamental resources for Latin American and Latino studies."Beyond Recovery-A Collaborative Expansion of the ICAA Documents Project Digital Archive" is a long-term strategic approach to utilize collaborative partnerships to move the project into the 21st century, ensuring the Digital Archive’s operational advancement and future relevance.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2020


PW-258991-18

Wartburg College (Waverly, IA 50677-2200)
Amy M. Moorman (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Implementation Project: Archives of Iowa Broadcasting Creation of Online Media Library

Improved public access for the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting through the cataloging of 28,000 items and digitization of over 2,000 broadcast tapes from KWWL-TV, a flagship public news station in eastern Iowa. The collection documents the history and development of community radio and television in the state and includes oral histories, documents, photographs, and artifacts dating from 1922 to 2007.

Project fields:
American Studies; Cultural History; Journalism

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$165,276 (approved)
$165,276 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2020


PW-258999-18

American Foundation for the Blind Inc. (New York, NY 10121-0101)
Helen Selsdon (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Digitization and Metadata Creation for the Helen Keller Archive Press Clippings and Scrapbooks

The digitization of scrapbooks and news clippings, totaling 34,000 digital images, from the personal papers of Helen Keller, completing the comprehensive digitization and free online access of Keller’s archive, including for users with visual and hearing disabilities.

In 2015, the American Foundation for the Blind received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to digitize a large segment of Helen Keller’s archive and to create an online collection that is free of charge and fully accessible to blind, deaf, deafblind, sighted, and hearing audiences alike. The site currently includes over 72,000 images, and by the end of 2017 will include over 160,000. Because of limitations in funding, the press clippings and scrapbooks were omitted from the 2015 project. AFB now seeks to digitize and disseminate these remaining materials. Approximately 34,000 digital images will be created during this phase of the project. These are the most fragile and difficult items to handle and have been closed to researchers and the public. Details of Keller’s life that are undocumented in other parts of the archive can be found here. The collection is an untapped resource for women’s history, American culture, and Disability Studies in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 10/30/2020


PW-259067-18

University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Stephanie Sapienza (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Unlocking the Airwaves: Revitalizing an Early Public Radio Collection

The creation of an online research environment for up to 3,300 hours of digital audio files from the National Association of Educational Broadcasters (NAEB) and approximately 120,000 digitized images of the NAEB’s historical paper records.

The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Historical Society proposes to create Unlocking the Airwaves: Revitalizing an Early Public Radio Collection, a curated online reference resource providing integrated access to finding aids, digitized paper collections and transcribed digital audio files relating to the National Association of Educational Broadcasters (NAEB), an historically-significant educational and public broadcasting collection. By coordinating the expertise of archivists, humanities researchers, and digital humanists, the creation of this new resource for humanities research will deliver enhanced access to important, often hidden, collections of archival audiovisual materials.

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

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$217,000 (approved)
$216,996 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 10/30/2020


PW-259098-18

Brown University (Providence, RI 02912-9100)
Matthew Thaddius Rutz (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Digital Preservation of Archival Tablets from the Syrian Kingdom of Ugarit

A project to catalog 2,061 cuneiform clay tablets written in seven languages from the site of Tell Ras Shamra, ancient Ugarit, in modern-day Syria. The project would also transliterate and translate 1,887 tablets into English and make all catalog information, transliterations, and translations available online.

Digital Preservation of Archival Tablets from the Syrian Kingdom of Ugarit will catalog the archival clay tablets written in the cuneiform script excavated at the Syrian site of Tell Ras Shamra, ancient Ugarit (c. 1350â??1185 BC) and make their contents freely accessible in digital form via The Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative and Open Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus. These historical witnesses (letters, economic texts, legal contracts, records of state) document the daily life of a cosmopolitan Syrian city that flourished over three millennia ago, but they are now threatened by the ongoing crisis in Syria. The project will highlight museum registration information for all 2,061 archival tablets and transliterate (transcribe the cuneiform script into the Roman alphabet following scholarly conventions) and translate the 1,887 published texts. The catalog, transliterations, and translations will provide a complete digital record of these imperiled cultural artifacts.

Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$166,632 (approved)
$166,632 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2018 – 12/31/2020


PW-259130-18

University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
Ellen Cunningham-Kruppa (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Unlocking Sound Stories: Preserving and Accessing the Harry Ransom Center's Audio Collections

The digitization and preservation of 2,862 sound recordings in the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. The selected recordings focus on unique interviews with noted public figures, with particular emphasis on 20th-century literary and public figures such as Julia Alvarez, Ben Bradlee, Norman Mailer, Isaac Bashevis Singer, David O. Selznick, Anne Sexton, Gloria Swanson, William Faulkner, and others.

The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin requests $207,459 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support an implementation project to preserve and provide access to 2,862 rare and endangered sound recordings and to make their digitized contents available to researchers and the public at large.The collections identified for this project are especially significant because of the breadth of subject areas addressed by their creators, ensuring that the sound recordings will be a rich source of new information for scholars across the humanities. They reveal and preserve the work of Julia Alvarez, Ben Bradlee, Erle Stanley Gardner, Norman Mailer, Anne Sexton, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Arnold Newman, David Douglas Duncan, Ian McEwan, Truman Capote, T.S. Elliott, Paul Bowles, John Beecher, Ross Russell, Norman Bel Geddes, David O. Selznick, Anne Sexton, Gloria Swanson, John Fowles, and William Faulkner, among others.

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

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$195,141 (approved)
$195,141 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 8/31/2020


PW-259024-18

American Antiquarian Society (Worcester, MA 01609-1634)
Alan N. Degutis (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

North American Imprints Program

The production and enhancement of cataloging data for 11,269 imprints published in North America before 1841, along with creation of links in catalog records to 17,796 digital reproductions of imprints available through online repositories and content providers.

This application seeks funding for support of the North American Imprints Program (NAIP). The North American Imprints Program’s overall objective is the creation of highly detailed cataloging data for United States imprints published from the beginning of American printing in 1639 through the centennial of American independence in 1876. We seek funds to continue work on the 1639-1840 segment of NAIP in several ways. With these funds we will: 1. Complete the work of enhancing 4,525 records descriptive of titles reproduced in the microform and digital Early American Imprints, Second Series, 1801-1819. 2. Significantly expand the scope of the 1820-40 segment of the NAIP file by integrating 5,544 records from the New-York Historical Society and the Library Company of Philadelphia. 3. Enhance to rare-book level 1,200 acquisition-level and brief-level records. 4. Augment the pre-1801 segment of the file by adding an estimated 17,796 links leading to digital images of the texts.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
7/1/2018 – 4/30/2020


PW-259094-18

Duke University (Durham, NC 27705-4677)
Naomi L Nelson (Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Voices of Change II: Bringing Radio Haiti Home

Enhanced description of nearly 4,000 audio recordings in the Radio Haiti Archive and a pilot project to test more effective access channels for Haiti and other underserved areas.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Ethnic Studies

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$85,753 (approved)
$85,753 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2018 – 6/30/2019


PW-253855-17

Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA 19101-7646)
Susan Anderson (Project Director: July 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-253887-17

Documentary Educational Resources (Watertown, MA 02472-2554)
Alice Apley (Project Director: July 2016 to present)
Jennifer C. Cool (Co Project Director: March 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-253706-17

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond, VA 23220-4007)
Stephen Bonadies (Project Director: July 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-253761-17

Go For Broke National Education Center (Los Angeles, CA 90012-3901)
Summer Espinoza (Project Director: July 2016 to June 2017)
Linh Gavin Do (Project Director: June 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 – 3/31/2019


PW-253766-17

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, VA 24061-2000)
Edward Joseph Khair Gitre (Project Director: July 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.

[White paper][Grant products][Media coverage]

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-253848-17

New York City Department of Records & Information Services (New York, NY 10007-1210)
Sylvia Kollar (Project Director: July 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 – 3/31/2019


PW-253714-17

George Washington University (Washington, DC 20052-0001)
Christopher Brick (Project Director: July 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-253721-17

President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA 02138-3846)
Jonathan Zittrain (Project Director: July 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.

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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 – 4/30/2019


PW-253826-17

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

The American Prison Writing Archive

Cataloging and digitization of 1,200 original, non-fiction essays written by prisoners in the American criminal justice system.

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.

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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-253793-17

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

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

The digital reformatting of nearly 6,000 hours of broadcast audio records of the National Public Radio’s news magazine program All Things Considered, 1971–83.

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-253795-17

American Folk Art Museum (New York, NY 10019-5401)
Valerie Rousseau (Project Director: July 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.

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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 – 5/31/2018


PW-253737-17

University of Rochester (Rochester, NY 14627-0001)
Jessica Lacher-Feldman (Project Director: July 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.

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Project fields:
Cultural History; History, Other

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$48,872 (approved)
$48,763 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2018


PW-253751-17

Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (New York, NY 10128-0173)
Kate Sloss (Project Director: July 2016 to April 2018)
Chiyong Han (Project Director: April 2018 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 – 8/31/2018


PW-253771-17

University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205)
Grant Frame (Project Director: July 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-253774-17

New-York Historical Society (New York, NY 10024-5152)
Henry F. Raine (Project Director: July 2016 to April 2017)
Matthew J. Murphy (Project Director: April 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 – 5/31/2019


PW-253797-17

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Matt Cohen (Project Director: July 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-253799-17

Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ 85281-3670)
Keith Kintigh (Project Director: July 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-253800-17

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA 02139-4307)
Christine J. Walley (Project Director: July 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-253801-17

University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA 90089-0012)
Joseph R. Hawkins (Project Director: July 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-253804-17

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Matthew S. Gibson (Project Director: July 2016 to June 2017)
Susan Holbrook Perdue (Project Director: June 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 – 12/31/2018


PW-253861-17

Ithaka Harbors, Inc. (New York, NY 10006-1819)
John Kiplinger (Project Director: July 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 – 12/31/2018


PW-253873-17

Northwestern University (Evanston, IL 60208-0001)
Carolyn Caizzi (Project Director: July 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-253878-17

Country Music Foundation, Inc. (Nashville, TN 37203-4206)
Lee Boulie (Project Director: July 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-253911-17

Performa, Inc. (New York, NY 10011-0028)
RoseLee Goldberg (Project Director: July 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.

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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 – 6/30/2018


PW-253912-17

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL 61801-3620)
Bethany Anderson (Project Director: July 2016 to October 2018)
Christopher J. Prom (Project Director: October 2018 to present)
Mark Sammons (Co Project Director: December 2017 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 – 4/30/2019


PW-253678-17

University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
James C. Kuhn (Project Director: July 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.

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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-253692-17

University of Massachusetts, Lowell (Lowell, MA 01854-2827)
Sue Kim (Project Director: July 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.

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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-253694-17

University of Houston (Houston, TX 77204-0001)
Nicolas Kanellos (Project Director: July 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 – 8/31/2018


PW-253715-17

Ohio Historical Society (Columbus, OH 43211-2474)
Lily Birkhimer (Project Director: July 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-253730-17

University of Wisconsin, Madison (Madison, WI 53715-1218)
Matthew H. Edney (Project Director: July 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)
$315,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2017 – 6/30/2019


PW-253731-17

University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ 85721-0001)
Jennifer Lei Jenkins (Project Director: July 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-253734-17

Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture (Williamsburg, VA 23187-8781)
Karin A. Wulf (Project Director: July 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.

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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-253708-17

Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound (Seattle WA, WA 98104-1850)
Rachel Price (Project Director: July 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.

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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-253719-17

University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA 15260-6133)
Ruth Mostern (Project Director: July 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-253755-17

University of California, San Francisco (San Francisco, CA 94143-2203)
Polina E. Ilieva (Project Director: July 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-253676-17

University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA 90095-9000)
Nancy M. Shawcross (Project Director: July 2016 to July 2017)
Philip S. Palmer (Project Director: July 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-253754-17

Museum of the City of New York (New York, NY 10029-5287)
Morgen Stevens-Garmon (Project Director: July 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.

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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-253781-17

American Numismatic Society (New York, NY 10013-1917)
Peter Gerritt van Alfen (Project Director: July 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.

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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-253842-17

National Yiddish Book Center (Amherst, MA 01002-3375)
Christa Whitney (Project Director: July 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-234612-16

University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94704-5940)
Rosemary A. Joyce (Project Director: June 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 – 8/30/2020


PW-234730-16

Society of Architectural Historians (NFP) (Chicago, IL 60610-2144)
Gabrielle Esperdy (Project Director: July 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.

In a collaborative effort, SAH and UVA Press seek funds to commission new content and site enhancements to both versions of SAH Archipedia to enhance its content and usability: (1) NEW: Commission 20 new thematic essays and 100 new building entries by leading historians; (2) REVISIONS: Commission 27 place-based interpretive essays, 270 new building entries and 270 updated building entries from the first 9 BUS books; (3) REFERENCES: Add more than 100,000 references to SAH Archipedia; (4) OUTREACH: Commission 5 teachers to write 25 lesson plans based on SAH Archipedia and hire 25 humanists to lecture/discuss the built environment; (5) MOBILE DELIVERY: Redesign SAH Archipedia to accommodate responsive design, enabling readability on mobile devices; and (5) WEBSITE: Redesign the user interface to accommodate new content outlined above. All of these enhancements will benefit the open access, public site, SAH Archipedia: Classic Buildings as well as the subscription site, SAH Archipedia.

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-234783-16

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (New York, NY 10011-6301)
Roberta G. Newman (Project Director: July 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)
$260,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2018


PW-234885-16

Michigan Technological University (Houghton, MI 49931-1200)
Donald Lafreniere (Project Director: July 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-234749-16

New York University (New York, NY 10012-1019)
Jonathan Milton Soffer (Project Director: July 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 – 8/31/2018


PW-234647-16

President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA 02138-3846)
Afsaneh Najmabadi (Project Director: July 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 – 10/31/2018


PW-234642-16

University of Wisconsin, Madison (Madison, WI 53715-1218)
James P. Leary (Project Director: July 2015 to present)
Jeanette L. Casey (Co Project Director: March 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-234665-16

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382)
Alexandra M. Stern (Project Director: July 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.

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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-234690-16

California State University, Dominguez Hills Foundation (Carson, CA 90747-0001)
Gregory L. Williams (Project Director: July 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 – 12/31/2018


PW-234713-16

Wisconsin Library Services (Madison, WI 53715-1255)
Emily Pfotenhauer (Project Director: July 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-234683-16

University of Texas, Arlington (Arlington, TX 76019-9800)
Brenda S. McClurkin (Project Director: July 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.

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

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$39,936 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 1/31/2018


PW-234772-16

University of Alaska, Fairbanks (Fairbanks, AK 99775-7500)
Suzan Hahn (Project Director: July 2015 to June 2018)
Ilana M. Kingsley (Project Director: June 2018 to present)
Gary Holton (Co Project Director: March 2016 to February 2018)
Ilana M. Kingsley (Co Project Director: February 2018 to September 2018)

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 – 9/30/2018


PW-234775-16

President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA 02138-3846)
Peter Der Manuelian (Project Director: July 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-234776-16

George Mason University (Fairfax, VA 22030-4444)
Sheila A. Brennan (Project Director: July 2015 to April 2018)
Lincoln A. Mullen (Project Director: April 2018 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-234859-16

Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, MI 48202-4008)
Maria R. Ketcham (Project Director: July 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.

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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-234786-16

Trustees of Indiana University (Bloomington, IN 47401-3654)
Albert Valdman (Project Director: July 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 – 8/31/2019


PW-234854-16

StoryCorps, Inc. (Brooklyn, NY 11217-1506)
Virginia Millington (Project Director: July 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 – 12/31/2018


PW-234827-16

New York Botanical Garden (Bronx, NY 10458-5126)
Susan Fraser (Project Director: July 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-234685-16

University of Oklahoma, Norman (Norman, OK 73019-3003)
Daniel C. Swan (Project Director: July 2015 to present)
Joshua Nelson (Co Project Director: March 2016 to present)
Amanda Gail Minks (Co Project Director: March 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 – 7/31/2018


PW-234717-16

New York University (New York, NY 10012-1019)
Timothy V Johnson (Project Director: July 2015 to May 2017)
Laura E. Leone (Project Director: May 2017 to November 2017)
Timothy V Johnson (Project Director: November 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 – 2/28/2019


PW-234718-16

American Museum of Natural History (New York, NY 10024-5193)
David Kohn (Project Director: July 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-234746-16

American University of Beirut (Beirut, Lebanon)
Kaoukab Chebaro (Project Director: July 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 – 7/31/2019


PW-234703-16

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14853-2801)
Katherine Reagan (Project Director: July 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.

This grant proposal seeks funding for the arrangement, description, cataloging, digital preservation and access for the archive of Afrika Bambaataa, a founding figure and pillar of Hip Hop culture. Part of the Cornell University Hip Hop Collection (CHHC), Bambaataa's archive arrived at Cornell University Library in December of 2013 in three trailer trucks. It is the most extensive gathering of original sources by any of Hip Hop's founders, and the first substantive archive of its kind to be preserved in an institutional research repository. By arranging and describing Bambaataa's archive, making it open and accessible, and preserving its at-risk media, Cornell University Library will support a growing body of international scholars and educators who study Hip Hop not only for its global influence on popular music, art and style, but also for its role in articulating social and political issues.

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-234705-16

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382)
Paul Schaffner (Project Director: July 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.

We propose three kinds of improvements to the Middle English Compendium: (1) to enlarge and update the Middle English Dictionary, Bibliography, and Corpus with both existing and newly created supplemental material; (2) to make the data more readily and more completely human  and machine readable, by making explicit information hidden in the reticence of the print dictionary, and by adding information, so as to allow for a more satisfactory experience for users and better integration with online resources; and (3) to transform the Compendium from a static resource to a dynamic one, both editorially and technically. Editorially, we will add the ability to accept, store, and publish additions and corrections, while distinguishing them from the original MED and according them a staged reception, ranging from bare acknowledgment to full integration. Technically, we will free the data from its legacy system while improving on that system's considerable functionality.

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-234707-16

Arhoolie Foundation (El Cerrito, CA 94530-3123)
Tom Diamant (Project Director: July 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)
$220,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2019


PW-234708-16

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, MA 02115-5538)
Christina Nielsen (Project Director: July 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.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum respectfully requests a $350,000 Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Implementation grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This grant would support a three-year project to create comprehensive digital documentation of the museum's unparalleled collection of 4,200 fine and decorative art objects and 1,500 rare books, as well as 600 selected letters, photographs, and other memorabilia organized and exhibited in display cases by Isabella Stewart Gardner.

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-234709-16

University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94704-5940)
Elaine C. Tennant (Project Director: July 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 – 5/31/2019


PW-234808-16

New-York Historical Society (New York, NY 10024-5152)
Henry F. Raine (Project Director: July 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-234810-16

Green-Wood Historic Fund (Brooklyn, NY 11232-1755)
Anthony Cucchiara (Project Director: July 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-234762-16

University of Florida Board of Trustees (Gainesville, FL 32611-5500)
Charles Richard Cobb (Project Director: July 2015 to present)
Gifford Waters (Co Project Director: March 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 – 7/31/2019


PW-234763-16

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382)
Paul L. Conway (Project Director: July 2015 to present)
Kelly M. Askew (Co Project Director: March 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-234799-16

Historical Society of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA 19107-5699)
Margery Sly (Project Director: July 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.

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Project fields:
Women's History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$39,500 (approved)
$37,235 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 6/30/2017


PW-234721-16

Barnum Museum Foundation, Inc. (Bridgeport, CT 06604-4912)
Adrienne Saint-Pierre (Project Director: July 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-234727-16

University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0001)
Patricia Fumerton (Project Director: July 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.

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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 – 7/31/2019


PW-234728-16

Beloit College (Beloit, WI 53511-5595)
Nicolette B. Meister (Project Director: July 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)
$97,596 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2016 – 6/30/2018


PW-234837-16

Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899)
Eric Pumroy (Project Director: July 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)
$259,604 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2018


PW-234844-16

University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA 90089-0012)
Deborah Ann Holmes-Wong (Project Director: July 2015 to present)
Giao Luong Baker (Co Project Director: June 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-234674-16

University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ 85721-0001)
Molly Kalkstein (Project Director: July 2015 to March 2017)
Rebecca A. Senf (Project Director: March 2017 to present)
Molly Kalkstein (Co Project Director: July 2016 to March 2017)
W. James Burns (Co Project Director: March 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.

The Harry Callahan survey project, currently underway at the Center for Creative Photography, seeks to collect and disseminate extensive, object-based information on an estimated 2,700 original prints by the photographer, spread across ten public institutions in the United States and France. Modeled in part on a traditional catalogue raisonné, this effort is, to date, the only such project to thus treat a twentieth-century photographer on such a large scale. The result of the Callahan survey will be a robust online Research Portal comprising, at minimum, an interactive, sortable database and gallery of the catalogued prints, as well as guides to the photographer's materials. The web component of the Callahan project will also be supplemented by a scholarly book profiling the unique strengths of each of the surveyed collections and containing new essays on the photographer by curators Sarah Greenough and Keith Davis, and gallerist Peter MacGill, among others.

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-234691-16

University of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1077)
Gregory O'Malley (Project Director: July 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 – 12/31/2018


PW-234668-16

Organ Historical Society (Richmond, VA 23261-6811)
Roy B. Petty (Project Director: July 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.

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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-234654-16

University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5 Canada)
Stephen Pelle (Project Director: July 2015 to July 2017)
Haruko Momma (Project Director: July 2017 to present)
Robert Getz (Co Project Director: January 2016 to July 2017)

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.

The aim of the Dictionary of Old English (DOE) is to define the vocabulary of records written in English between 600 and 1150 C.E., using the technology of the twenty-first century. Because of its Electronic Corpus, comprising at least one copy of every Old English text, the DOE is based on a comprehensive examination of the surviving evidence. The DOE complements the other major historical dictionaries of English: The Middle English Dictionary (1100-1500 C.E.), and the Oxford English Dictionary (which catalogues English up to the present). DOE: A-G online (2007), the first Web version of the first eight letters (out of 22), created links to the online OED; in 2010 OED created reciprocal links to DOE. The 2013 internal version of DOE online displayed links to MED and in 2014 MED linked back to DOE. DOE also for the first time links to thumbnail manuscript images represented by Parker on the Web, providing users with visual evidence for DOE's interpretation of some textual difficulties.

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