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FZ-272292-20

Guy Placido Raffa
University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
Dante's American Afterlife

Research and writing of a book on the influence of Italian poet Dante Alighieri (d. 1321) on American culture. 

This is the first public-oriented book entirely committed to the story of Dante’s American afterlife. It shows the deep and broad impact of the poet’s most famous afterworld on American culture as we approach the 700th anniversary of his death (2021). The consummate crossover work, Dante’s Inferno has sparked creative minds across the cultural spectrum, from Longfellow’s Civil War writings and Harry Lachman’s depression-era Inferno film to Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men TV series and popular fiction by Sylvain Reynard and Dan Brown. The book’s four parts examine the history and meaning of these and other works through the lens of Dante’s main American roles: citizen, showman, lover, and judge. The book’s brightest threads are the dangerous allure and ethical teaching of the Inferno that, often entwined, encourage and characterize responses to the poem. I enliven the prose with insights drawn from archival research and my involvement with the video game that featured my Inferno commentary.

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Project fields:
Cultural History; Italian Literature; U.S. History

Program:
Public Scholars

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2021


AKB-260507-18

FIT (New York, NY 10001-5992)
Daniel Levinson Wilk (Project Director: October 2017 to present)
Kyunghee Pyun (Co Project Director: March 2018 to present)
Teaching Business and Labor History to Art and Design Students

The development of interdisciplinary curriculum integrating business and labor history into professional art and design study.

Through a partnership among History faculty, and Art and Design faculty, "Teaching Business and Labor History to Art and Design Students" will develop curricula intended to educate students about the business and labor history of the art and design professions. Content will explore how this history impacts present-day industry, careers and professional decision-making. Key project elements will include Art-and-Design faculty professional development conducted by History professors; collaborative curricular development; two conferences; and the creation of a resource website. The initiative addresses an expressed need from Art-and-Design faculty and students for a more complete understanding of the historical influences that have shaped art- and design-business management, the creative process, technology and production. The initiative will help ensure that Art and Design students are well-equipped for the professional demands of the 21st Century.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Labor History

Program:
Humanities Connections Implementation Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 8/31/2021


PJ-50116-13

Connecticut State Library (Hartford, CT 06106-1569)
Jane F. Cullinane (Project Director: January 2013 to July 2019)
Gail Hurley (Project Director: July 2019 to September 2021)
Anna Newman (Project Director: September 2021 to present)
Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project

Digitization of 100,000 pages of Connecticut newspapers, dating from 1836 to 1922, as part of the state's participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

From 2019-2021, the CT State Library will digitize an additional 110,000 pages of newspapers, with the support of the CT and Litchfield historical societies, Yale Univ., Bridgeport and Putnam libraries, who will lend film. We request $263,921 from NEH and will contribute 35.6% in cost share. The Advisory Board would like to select newspapers from the early 19th century and 1930-40 and will narrow the choices after the film is inspected and copyright checked. The Board includes 2 historians, an academic/journalist, state archivist, librarian, educator, and humanities representative and will not consider their own research interests but the wider needs of the project. Staff will follow LOC’s Technical Guidelines for quality review and deliver digital files, metadata, updated MARC records and duplicate negatives to LOC for access in Chronicling America and will do outreach to new and established audiences.

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Project fields:
Library Science

Program:
National Digital Newspaper Program

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$1,399,009 (approved)
$1,251,015 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2013 – 8/31/2023

Funding details:
Original grant (2013) $274,034
Supplement (2015) $250,000
Supplement (2017) $320,536
Supplement (2019) $258,711
Supplement (2021) $147,734


TR-50242-11

Social Media Productions, Inc. (Brooklyn, NY 11201-3040)
John Maggio (Project Director: August 2010 to present)
The Italian Americans

Production and development of a four-hour documentary film series about the history of Italian Americans.

The Italian-Americans, a four-hour documentary series, will chronicle four generations of Italian-American lives, from the massive late 19th century wave of immigration to the present. This great sweep of history will be told through the stories of Italian-American families -- their departures and reunions, their struggles to maintain their traditions while making their way in America, and their extraordinary contributions to American culture. Unique among 19th century immigrants for their ambivalence about America, the Italians' experience challenges our deep-rooted myths of "the melting pot" and offers surprising insights into immigration today.

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Project fields:
American Studies

Program:
America's Media Makers: Production Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$500,000 (approved)
$500,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2011 – 9/30/2013


FB-54936-10

Nancy Carnevale
Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ 07043-1624)
African Americans and Italian Americans in Suburban and Urban New Jersey, 1900-1960s

This is a study of relations between African Americans and Italian Americans in the suburb of Montclair and the city of Newark, both in Essex County, New Jersey from the early 1900s into the 1960s. A comparison of the interactions between these two groups, which have historically had large populations in New Jersey, in both an urban and a suburban setting will constitute a unique case study. There is no full-length study in English of these two groups despite their historical proximity to each other in both urban and suburban settings. Existing studies focus on conflict whereas this project also reveals fraternization. The project will not only complicate our understanding of the relationship between Italian Americans and African Americans; it will also offer insights into how historical context informs the relationship between ethnic and racial groups.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2010 – 8/31/2011


FS-23272-02

American Academy in Rome (New York, NY 10021-4905)
John A. Davis (Project Director: March 2002 to October 2004)
Remapping Italy's Path to the Twentieth Century: New Perspectives on Italy in the Age of the Risorgimento

A five-week seminar for college teachers to study recent scholarship on Italian unification with leading scholars at the American Academy in Rome, Italy.

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Project fields:
European History; History, General

Program:
Seminars for Higher Education Faculty

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$119,837 (approved)
$119,837 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2002 – 9/30/2003


GM-26344-01

NJAHS (San Francisco, CA 94115-3604)
Rosalyn Tonai (Project Director: April 2001 to present)
Guilty Until Proven Innocent: International Implications of the Treatment of Alien Americans During WWII

Consultation with scholars and on the stories and history of internees in the U.S. during WWII, focusing partly on Japanese Americans, but with special attention also given to the treatment of Italian Americans and German Americans

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

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

Grant period:
9/1/2001 – 11/30/2001


FT-36409-92

George E. Pozzetta
University of Florida (Gainesville, FL 32611-0001)
Ethnics at War: Italian Americans during World War II

No project description available

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$4,000 (approved)
$4,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/1992 – 9/30/1992


FE-26318-91

George E. Pozzetta
University of Florida (Gainesville, FL 32611-0001)
Ethnics at War: The Italian American Experience during World War II

No project description available

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Travel to Collections, 11/85 - 2/95

Division:
Fellowships and Seminars

Totals:
$750 (approved)
$750 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1991 – 5/31/1992


GM-23765-89

Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial (Philadelphia, PA 19147-2811)
Debora Kodish (Project Director: June 1988 to March 1991)
The Uses of Tradition: Arts of Italian Americans in Philadelphia

To support an exhibition, catalogue, and interpretive programs that will explore ethnicity and the nature of tradition in Italian-American material culture.

Project fields:
Folklore and Folklife

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$118,628 (approved)
$118,628 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/1989 – 6/30/1990


RS-20336-82

Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205)
Jerre Mangione (Project Director: March 1982 to October 1990)
A Comprehensive Study of the Italian American Experience (1880-1980)

To support research for a comprehensive study of Italian-American history, examining cultural assimilation as well as the persistence of traditions and customs among four generations of Italian-Americans.

Project fields:
Ethnic Studies; History, General

Program:
State and Local and Regional Studies

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$41,662 (approved)
$41,662 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1982 – 1/31/1984


RS-*1471-80

Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205)
Jerre Mangione (Project Director: April 1982 to October 1990)
A Comprehensive Study of the Italian American Experience (1880-1980)

To support additional research for a comprehensive study of the migration of Italians to America and the persistence of their traditions and customs among four generations of Italian-Americans.

Project fields:
Ethnic Studies; U.S. History

Program:
State and Local and Regional Studies

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$74,702 (approved)
$74,702 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1982 – 9/30/1982


GP-*0408-80

National Italian-American Foundation (Washington, DC 20036)
Alfred Rotondaro (Project Director: November 1979 to October 1990)
Italian Americans: Their Culture and Contributions

To support a series of two-day conferences in six U.S. cities on the Italian-American experience. Discussions will include humanities scholars, government officials, community leaders, and the general public.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Special Projects

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$129,070 (approved)
$129,070 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/1980 – 4/30/1981


GP-*1187-79

National Italian-American Foundation (Washington, DC 20036)
Alfred Rotondaro (Project Director: May 1979 to October 1990)
Development of a Series of Italian American Symposia

Supports planning and development of a national series of symposia on issues important to Ital-Amers. Themes to be explored are: the nature of ethnic identity, trends in modern Italian history education and Ital-Amer neighborhood history.

To a series of panel presentations and discussions in ten U.S. cities to help convey to the public the role that both Italians and Italian Americans have played in American Society.

Project fields:

Program:
Special Projects

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$41,919 (approved)
$41,919 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/1979 – 1/31/1980


GP-*0384-79

University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, IL 60612-4305)
Dominic Candeloro (Project Director: November 1978 to October 1990)
Documenting and Sharing the Italian American Experience in Chicago

An oral history project and a museum exhibit that will document the Italian-American experience in Chicago.

To conduct an oral history project and symposium and to prepare media productions for a museum exhibit that will document the Italian-American experience in Chicago.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Special Projects

Division:
Public Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$306,374 (approved)
$304,324 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/1979 – 10/31/1981


GP-10543-78

Unico National (Fairfield, NJ)
Samuel J. Faiello (Project Director: January 1978 to present)
The Italian American Relationship to Humanities Development in the U.S.

To review and summarize published studies on the humanities as related to Italian-Americans, and to identify priority projects and complete the planning necessary to carry them out. Projects will seek to generate awareness and discussion among Italian-Americans on their historical relationship with the development of the humanities in the U.S.

Project fields:
Ethnic Studies

Program:
Special Projects

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$15,000 (approved)
$15,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/1978 – 6/30/1978


FT-12760-76

Jean A. Scarpaci
Towson University (Towson, MD 21252-0001)
Italian American Women in the Labor Force, 1920-1950

This project will investigate the role of Italian-American women in the labor force between 1920 and 1950. The study will begin with the Baltimore Garment Workers' Union and expand to compare the example of Baltimore with that of other cities. The study will conclude by estimating the influence of the work experience upon the traditional culture and social structure of the women.

Project fields:
Immigration History; Labor History

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$2,000 (approved)
$2,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1976 – 8/31/1976