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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-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-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-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.

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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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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.

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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-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