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University of Nebraska, Board of Regents (Lincoln, NE 68588-0430)
Malte Rehbein (Project Director, 10/05/2012 - 05/22/2013); Brett Barney (Project Director, 05/23/2013 - present)
HG-50047-13
Diachronic Markup and Presentation Practices for Text Editions in Digital Research Environments

Using three case studies -- the Walt Whitman Archive; an edition of James Joyce's Ulysses; and an edition of J.W. Goethe's Faust -- the proposed project will experiment with methods of advanced TEI markup, create methods for detailed scholarly queries currently unavailable, and develop user interfaces to best display the variants exposed through diachronic markup. The German partner, the University of Frankfurt, is requesting 139,634€ from DFG.

The project is situated in the Digital Humanities area of literary criticism and textual scholarship, in particular the analysis of literary works in diachronic depth, that is: under perspectives of the genesis of their texts. Here, only the digital medium allows substantial future research and education in literary studies. In this context, the project addresses three major desiderata: 1. testing, improving, and making usable diachronic markup, that is the digital representation of document sources (based on TEI), 2. tools to operate on this data under the light of research requirements, and 3. means to publish and visualize the results of these operations. The project promises to develop and publish such tools and to provide best practices for a wide range of use cases. It does so by bringing together three leading projects in digital literary studies, covering different eras of German, US, and British literature: J.W. Goethe, Walt Whitman, and James Joyce.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: NEH/DFG Bilateral Digital Humanities Program
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amounts: $165,005 (approved); $165,005 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2014 – 12/31/2015

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

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

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

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

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588)
Ed Folsom (Co Project Director, 12/14/2011 - present); Kenneth Price (Project Director, 12/14/2011 - present)
RQ-50658-12
Walt Whitman as an Author Before Leaves of Grass

The preparation for online publication of a selection of 19th-century American author Walt Whitman's early published and unpublished writings as part of an existing digital archive devoted to Whitman. (36 months)

Project fields: American Literature
Program: Scholarly Editions and Translations
Division: Research Programs
Total amounts: $330,000 (approved); $330,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 8/1/2013 – 7/31/2016

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

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

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

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

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588)
Kenneth Price (Project Director, 11/02/2007 - present)
RQ-50338-08
Walt Whitman's Civil War Writings

A comprehensive electronic edition of Walt Whitman's Civil War writings. (36 months)

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Project fields: American Literature
Program: Scholarly Editions and Translations
Division: Research Programs
Total amounts: $300,000 (approved); $300,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2008 – 6/30/2011

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588)
Kenneth Price (Project Director, 02/18/2005 - present)
CZ-50114-06
The Walt Whitman Archive

Endowment for staff and other costs of managing the digital Walt Whitman Archive.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Special Initiatives
Division: Challenge Grants
Total amount offered: $500,000
Grant period: 9/1/2004 – 3/31/2009

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