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FZ-272046-20

Adam Plunkett
Unaffiliated independent scholar
Love and Need: A Biographical Essay on the Life and Work of American Poet Robert Frost (1874-1963)

Writing resulting in a critical biography of American poet Robert Frost (1874-1963).  

'Love and Need: A Biographical Essay on the Life and Work of Robert Frost' will be a book of biography and criticism, a story and an essay. My goal is at once to introduce Frost to readers unfamiliar with him and to contribute original ideas and research to our collective understanding of him. Specialist readers of the book will be able to note its divergences from prior biography and criticism, and readers approaching Frost for the first time will encounter a different poet and person from the one they would otherwise find. 'Love and Need' will be half biography and half criticism, with the revisionist biographical sections of the book setting the scene for a novel interpretation of Frost's achievement as a poet--one that shows it to be at once subtler and more accessible, more original and more indebted to tradition, more intimate and more revealing than scholars and critics have shown.

Project fields:
American Literature; Literature, General

Program:
Public Scholars

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2021


PG-271716-20

Academy of American Poets (New York, NY 10128-2226)
Jennifer Benka (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Academy of American Poets Archive

A preservation assessment of the archives of the Academy of American Poets, founded in 1934 and with members in all 50 states. The assessment would enable the organization to prioritize collection care and access in advance of its 90th anniversary in 2024. The collection of over 500 linear feet dates from its establishment to the present and includes writings and correspondence of notable American poets, such as E. E. Cummings, Lucille Clifton, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, and Sylvia Plath, as well as issues of the organization’s magazine, American Poets, photographs of poets, and audio recordings of poetry readings.

The Academy of American Poets seeks $10,000 to support our hiring a consultant to assess our unique collection so we might ensure its preservation and prepare to make it available to the public.

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Project fields:
Literature, General

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$10,000 (approved)
$10,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 9/30/2021


AQ-51033-14

CUNY Research Foundation, John Jay College (New York, NY 10019-1007)
Olivera Jokic (Project Director: September 2013 to May 2016)
NEH Enduring Questions Course on the Nature of Friendship

The development of an undergraduate course on friendship.

The development of an undergraduate course on friendship. Olivera Jokic, an assistant professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, develops and teaches a course that examines the nature of friendship from a variety of perspectives. The course begins by looking at how writers from several time periods and cultures have represented friendship and then considers whether friendships are a function of culture. Next, the course turns to the question of whether friendship is a common good or is motivated by self-interest, and examines the ways that gender and gender roles might influence friendship. The final section of the course investigates the relationship between friendship, difference and equality, and distance, including the role that technologies like Facebook play in developing and maintaining friendships. Course readings include Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, Plato's Phaedrus and Lysis, The Epic of Gilgamesh, Jane Austen's Persuasion, Zadie Smith's White Teeth, Oscar Wilde's De Profundis; essays by Vine Deloria, John Stuart Mill, and Michel de Montaigne; and poetry by Sappho, Li Bai and Du Fu, William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and Langston Hughes. Readings are supplemented by the viewing and discussion of such films as Some Like it Hot, 4 Months 3 Weeks 2 Days (from Romania), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Thelma and Louise, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Throughout the course, students keep a journal of their reactions to the readings, produce midterm analytical projects related to course readings and discussions, and create final exhibits about friendships that are displayed on campus.

Project fields:
Gender Studies; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; International Studies

Program:
Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$22,000 (approved)
$21,994 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 12/31/2015


AB-50103-12

Albany State University (Albany, GA 31705-2796)
Marva O. Banks (Project Director: July 2011 to February 2013)
Kimberly Harper (Project Director: February 2013 to September 2014)
Kimberly Harper (Co Project Director: December 2011 to September 2014)
Albany, Georgia: Gateway to the National Civil Rights Struggle

A humanities bridge program over two summers for selected high school students on the history, literature, art, and music of the Civil Rights Movement.

"Albany, Georgia: Gateway to the National Civil Rights Struggle" is a two-year project at Albany State University (ASU) supporting a humanities summer bridge program for students from Dougherty and nearby counties in Southwest Georgia. The project allows under-achieving students to learn about the history, literature, art, and music of the Civil Rights Movement. Under the leadership of project director Marva Banks (African-American, African, and Caribbean literature), the program engages tenth and eleventh graders in the study of the Civil Rights Movement, focusing on the catalytic Albany Movement (1961-1963), a collective protest against Jim Crow laws that laid the foundation for subsequent demonstrations in the South and throughout the nation. The project's goals are to improve the participants' critical reading, writing, and communications skills; to lead students in an examination of the history, art, and music of the era; and to involve them in collecting oral histories of surviving participants in the Albany Movement. "ASU alumni helped launch the Albany Movement," notes the project director, "while other activists joined students at Albany State . . . to advance the cause of Civil Rights." During each of two summers, twenty-five students spend six weeks learning about this important history. They study, for example, the role of Charles M. Sherrod, now on the history faculty at ASU and available for interview, as a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) who "helped lead the charge against segregation laws and policies in the city"; and that of former ASU student Bernice Johnson Reagon (Sweet Honey in the Rock) as one of the original Albany "Freedom Singers." They read works by Frederick Douglass, James Weldon Johnson, Rudolph Fisher, Ernest J. Gaines, Maya Angelou, Robert Frost, and Amy Tan, as well as study Billie Holiday's rendition of "Strange Fruit," an anti-lynching piece. They also travel to Montgomery and Selma, Alabama, and Atlanta, Georgia, to visit other sites related to the Civil Rights Movement in addition to those visited in Albany.

Project fields:
American Studies

Program:
Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$100,458 (approved)
$96,297 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2012 – 12/31/2013


PG-51652-12

Macalester College (St. Paul, MN 55105-1899)
Ellen Holt-Werle (Project Director: May 2011 to October 2013)
Conservation Assessment and Storage Materials to Preserve Library's Audiovisual Materials

Hiring a preservation consultant to assess 1,000 archival magnetic reel-to-reel audio tapes and 500 acetate films which document historical events and public lectures by notable international figures at the college from the 1950s through the 1980s. A majority of these are commencement addresses, symposia, and other college events, but also included in the collections are recordings of political figures, scholars, scientists, Pulitzer Prize winners, and poets, among them Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Ogden Nash, Eugene McCarthy, Joseph Brodsky, Niels Bohr, Tyrone Guthrie, Robert Frost, and Alex Haley. This proposal is based on an item-by-item assessment of the media collection by consultants who conducted an evaluation of the college's archives in an NEH Preservation Assistance Grant in 2009.

The Macalester College DeWitt Wallace Library proposes hiring a consultant for an object-by-object survey of its 1,500 archival audio reels and 8mm and 16mm films. The recordings document Macalester College events from the 1950s through 1980s, such as convocations, commencements, and symposiums, and capture notable political, cultural, and intellectual figures from the United States and internationally. The recordings are unique primary sources of potentially great research value, providing firsthand documentation of distinguished speakers and insight into issues of pressing local, national, and international importance. Consultant Jeff Martin will assess the condition of the collection; establish priorities for treatment, storage, and other preservation needs; and give recommendations regarding digitization, deaccessioning, and next steps. A second component of the project will be to purchase acid-free archival boxes for reels and films in need of rehousing.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,975 (approved)
$5,975 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013


PG-51371-11

Amherst College (Amherst, MA 01002-2372)
Thomas Michael Kelly (Project Director: May 2010 to December 2012)
Preservation Training Workshops

Preservation workshops to train Frost Library staff to better care for the college's collections of rare books, literary manuscripts, artifacts, and natural history collections, including the papers of William Wordsworth, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost, for whom the library is named. The workshop would also be attended by staff from the Center for Russian Culture, the Mead Art Museum, and the Emily Dickinson Museum.

Archives & Special Collections (ASC) of the Frost Library of Amherst College seeks a $5,810 Preservation Assistance Grant from the NEH. Funding will pay for three preservation training workshops to be held at Amherst College. A previous NEH Preservation Assistance grant supported a collection survey by a consultant from the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) in February 2010. The consultant strongly recommended we invest in preservation training. Three specific training areas were identified: storage techniques for archival materials, care of photographs, and preservation of scrapbooks (see attached executive summary of the consultant’s report). As a small facility without any professional conservators on staff, the Frost Library of Amherst College lacks any in-house preservation expertise. There are currently seven employees in the department, only three of whom are professionals. Everyone in the Archives will benefit from this training.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,810 (approved)
$5,810 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2011 – 8/31/2012


PG-50975-10

Amherst College (Amherst, MA 01002-2372)
Thomas Michael Kelly (Project Director: May 2009 to December 2011)
General Preservation Assessment

A general preservation assessment of the Archives and Special Collections (ASC) unit that will identify short, medium, and long-term preservation priorities. ASC holds rare books, literary manuscripts, documents, and artifacts that relate to Amherst College and its history.

Archives & Special Collections (ASC) of the Frost Library of Amherst College seeks a $5,275 Preservation Assistance Grant from the NEH. Funding will be used to undertake a general preservation assessment of the collections by a consultant from the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC). As a small facility without any professional conservators on staff, the Frost Library of Amherst College requires the experience and expertise of outside professionals to ensure the longevity of the materials in our care. Intellectual control and access to materials in ASC is very good. As our staff continues to improve access for scholars, students, and the public, the resulting increase in use makes the physical care and preservation of these materials an urgent priority. A conservation expert from NEDCC will be brought to the Amherst College campus in western Massachusetts to evaluate the state of the collections. She will produce a report that will serve as the basis for planning future pres

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,275 (approved)
$5,275 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2010 – 8/31/2011


RQ-50201-06

Claremont McKenna College (Claremont, CA 91711-5929)
Robert Faggen (Project Director: November 2005 to June 2010)
Writing of Robert Frost; The Collected Letters

An edition of the collected letters of Robert Frost. (24 months)

No comprehensive scholarly edition of Robert Frost's letters exist. We will rectify this omission by the publication of "The Collected Letters of Robert Frost," edited by Robert Faggen, Mark Richardson and Donald Sheehey to be published by Harvard University Press as part of a multi-volume "Writing of Robert Frost." In his correspondence, Frost often reveals much of his thinking about poetics, politics and religion, as well as aspects of his personal and family life. The collected letters and annotation will bring into full view many aspects of the poet's life currently unavailable to scholars, students, biographers and general readers.

Project fields:
Literature, General

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$150,000 (approved)
$149,978 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2006 – 6/30/2009


FB-37161-01

Robert Faggen
Claremont McKenna College (Claremont, CA 91711-5929)
The Notebooks of Robert Frost

No project description available

Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$35,000 (approved)
$24,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2001 – 8/31/2001


GL-21271-94

New England Foundation for the Humanities (Boston, MA 02116)
Julia R. Walkling (Project Director: September 1993 to March 1998)
After Frost: Poetry in New England

To support library reading and discussion programs and poetry readings to examine the relationship of Robert Frost's poetry to verse by recent New England poets.

Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Humanities Projects in Libraries and Archives

Division:
Public Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$180,000 (approved)
$180,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/1994 – 6/30/1997


ES-22481-93

Eastern Kentucky University (Richmond, KY 40475-3102)
Harry Brown (Project Director: December 1992 to February 1995)
Masterwork Study Project on Nature in Emerson, Whitman, Dickinson, Frost, and Wendell Berry

To support a masterwork study project on the poetry of Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and Wendell Berry for 15 middle and high school teachers of English from eastern Kentucky.

Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Institutes for K-12 Educators

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$18,812 (approved)
$18,812 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/1993 – 5/31/1994


ER-20573-89

Glenda J. Peters
Secondary School
A Study of Robert Frost, Henry W. Longfellow, Emily Dickinson, Beatrix Potter, and Lance Henson

No project description available

Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
NEH Teacher-Scholar Program

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$28,500 (approved)
$24,810 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1989 – 6/30/1990


FI-21669-88

Alan J. Brew
Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN 56082-1498)
A Technical Analysis of the "Sound of Sense" in the Poetry of Robert Frost

No project description available

Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Younger Scholars, 2/86 - 2/95

Division:
Fellowships and Seminars

Totals:
$2,200 (approved)
$2,200 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1988 – 8/31/1988


GN-21978-84

New York Center for Visual History (New York, NY 10013-3152)
Lawrence Pitkethly (Project Director: July 1983 to January 1987)
Voices & Visions: Poetry of Dickinson, Crane & Frost (Prod: TV Docu.) Williams, Eliot, Moore, Stevens (Scripting)

To support production of three one-hour television documentaries on the world and work of Emily Dickinson, Hart Crane, and Robert Frost; and writing scripts for four one-hour documentaries on William Carlos Williams, T.S. Eliot, Marianne Moore, and Wallace Stevens.

Project fields:
Literature, General

Program:
Humanities Projects in Media

Division:
Public Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$878,139 (approved)
$878,139 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/1984 – 3/31/1986


FS-10318-76

SUNY Research Foundation, College at Geneseo (Geneseo, NY 14454-1401)
Walter R. Harding (Project Director: January 1976 to present)
American Transcendentalism and Its Impact

To study American Transcendentalism--its background, rise and decline, with an emphasis on Thoreau and Emerson. The seminar will also examine minor transcendentalists and the impact of transcendentalism on 20th century figures as varied as Charles Ives, Robert Frost, and Martin Luther King.

Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Seminars for Higher Education Faculty

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$37,945 (approved)
$37,945 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/1976 – 8/31/1976


FS-10462-76

SUNY Research Foundation, College at Geneseo (Geneseo, NY 14454-1401)
Walter R. Harding (Project Director: January 1977 to present)
The Study of American Transcendentalism and Its Impact

To study American Transcendentalism—its background, rise and decline, with an emphasis on Thoreau and Emerson. The seminar will also examine minor transcendentalists and the impact of transcendentalism on 20th century figures as varied as Charles Ives, Robert Frost and Martin Luther King.

Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Seminars for Higher Education Faculty

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$39,984 (approved)
$39,984 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/1977 – 9/30/1977


FA-11248-75

Howard T. Young
Pomona College (Claremont, CA 91711-4434)
A Comparative-Historical Analysis of Juan Ramon Jimenez and North American Poetry

To make an historical-comparative study of the relationship between the modern Spanish poet Juan Ramon Jimenez and North American poetry. Sources to be utilized include unpublished translations, marginalia, letters, and miscellaneous notes; this material involves Edgar Lee Masters, E.A. Robinson, Amy Lowell, Robert Frost, and others. Project will constitute the first major study of influence of North American poetry on a key Spanish writer.

Project fields:
American Literature; Spanish Literature

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$8,272 (approved)
$8,272 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1975 – 6/30/1976