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FEL-268417-20

Heather Marie Richards-Rissetto
University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
A 3D Exploration of Vision, Sound, and Movement in the Ancient Maya City of Copan

Preparation of a digital publication with three-dimensional reconstructions and immersive virtual reality experiences of the Mayan city Copan, an archaeological site in Honduras dating from the 5th to 9th centuries CE.

3D digital tools and methods are changing scholarly investigations and management practices in cultural heritage. “Lost” cultural landscapes are challenging to study, as they require innovative approaches combining the tangible and intangible; however, research is not the only challenge—digital publication and digital data preservation are in many ways even greater challenges. This project employs geographic information systems, 3D modeling, and immersive virtual reality to explore vision, sound, and movement among the ancient Maya to understand how multi-sensory experiences shape urban interactions in the past and present. This project addresses two keys challenges: (1) It employs 3D tools to design web-based multi-sensory experiences to engage broad audiences with scholarly research on ancient places and (2) reuses 3D digital data in innovative ways to promote data preservation and access.

Project fields:
Archaeology; Architecture; Geography

Program:
Fellowships

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2020 – 7/31/2021


HAA-269061-20

University of Nebraska, Board of Regents (Lincoln, NE 68503-2427)
Heather Marie Richards-Rissetto (Project Director: June 2019 to present)
Karin Michelle Dalziel (Co Project Director: October 2019 to present)
Revitalizing and Enhancing the Open Source 3D WebGIS of the MayaArch3D Project

Planning for the revitalization of the MayaArch3D project and documentation for using 3D WebGIS data in digital scholarship.

This level I project revitalizes and enhances the 3D WebGIS component of the MayaArch3D Project, which integrates 3D models of cities, terrain, and objects with associated, geo-referenced data for humanities scholarship. First, we will review the existing code of the 3D WebGIS. Second, we will define concrete steps to (1) make the system more customizable and extensible (2) add functionality for dynamic interchange of 3D models (3) develop a friendlier UX (User Experience), and (4) revamp the infrastructure to store and call up 3D models from an open source repository. Broader project outcomes enhance the humanities in several ways: (1) documentation for a customizable open source 3D WebGIS (2) 3D WebGIS for data management and preservation for cultural heritage, (3) 3D WebGIS to foster scholarly collaboration , and (4) contribute to 3D digital data preservation and access by designing infrastructure in collaboration with libraries.

Project fields:
Archaeology; Geography

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
2/1/2020 – 1/31/2021


PW-264128-19

University of Nebraska, Board of Regents (Lincoln, NE 68503-2427)
Matt Cohen (Project Director: July 2018 to present)
Charles Chesnutt: A Digital Archive

A structural redesign of the Charles Chesnutt Digital Archive, with the addition of more works by Chesnutt.  The online reference resource would include all of Chesnutt’s published fiction and nonfiction, a manuscript section with hand-corrected galleys of four major works, including his first and second novels and his biography of Frederick Douglass, and a collection of 300 contemporary reviews of six book-length works Chesnutt published between 1899 and 1905.

Writing as Reconstruction failed, Charles Chesnutt (1858-1932) chronicled the relationships that zigzag across America’s color line. His fiction is widely taught and studied, but important works are hard to find and little attention has been given to his manuscripts. We seek an HCRR Implementation grant to transform and expand the HTML Charles Chesnutt Digital Archive into a standards-based, extensible digital archive with (1) all published works; (2) a manuscript wing with an initial collection of hand-corrected galleys held by the Cleveland Public Library, (3) contemporary reviews, and (4) the infrastructure for an archive that will grow to include three thousand manuscript pages, correspondence, and photographs. Chesnutt’s work cries out for collection: we do not have robust archives for pre-Harlem Renaissance African American writers other than Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois, and students and scholars are eager to probe in new ways one of the nation’s finest writers.

Project fields:
African American Studies; American Literature

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$292,627 (approved)
$292,627 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 4/30/2021


PW-264207-19

University of Nebraska, Board of Regents (Lincoln, NE 68503-2427)
Margaret Davis Jacobs (Project Director: July 2018 to present)
Genoa Indian School Digital Reconciliation Project

The digitization, cataloging, and transcription of approximately 410 pages of historical records, 6,300 pages of government documents, 200 photographs, and 50 oral histories documenting the history of Indian boarding schools and the experience of Native Americans who attended the Genoa Indian Boarding School in Genoa, Nebraska.

The Genoa Indian School Digital Reconciliation Project seeks a three-year, $350,000 Humanities Collections & Reference Resources Implementation Grant to digitize, contextualize, and make available materials related to the Genoa U.S. Industrial Indian School. The project is a collaboration between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation, working with a Community Advisors Council of tribal representatives. An HCRR grant from the NEH would enable the Project to complete the second phase of the project: the preservation and transcription of approximately 50 hours of oral histories of Genoa school attendees and the digitization and description of approximately 410 pages of records for Cheyenne and Arapaho children located at the Oklahoma State Historical Society, about 6,300 pages of U.S. government documents located in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and 200 photographic images at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland.

Project fields:
History, Other

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$349,899 (approved)
$349,899 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2019 – 5/30/2022


RQ-260744-18

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Andrew Wade Jewell (Project Director: December 2017 to present)
The Complete Letters of American Writer Willa Cather

Work on the final stage of an online, open access edition of the complete correspondence of American novelist Willa Cather (1873-1947). (36 months)

We propose to edit American author Willa Cather’s complete correspondence for digital publication on the free and open-access Willa Cather Archive (cather.unl.edu). Thanks to previous NEH support, we are well on our way to completing the first stage of this edition. We are now asking for support to complete the edition so the remaining 1,500 letters--dispersed in over 70 repositories and full of tremendous detail about Cather's life, work, and relationships--can be included. This digital edition will feature texts transcribed and marked up in TEI P5 conformant XML, high-quality digital images of original documents, full multimedia annotations, and innovative search and browsing features including automatically-generated indices of names, titles, and geographic locations. The whole edition will be strengthened by its integration into the Willa Cather Archive, indisputably the central online resource for scholarly study of the author.

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Project fields:
American Literature; U.S. History; Women's History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$278,000 (approved)
$278,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2021


RZ-260918-18

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Jeannette Eileen Jones (Project Director: December 2017 to present)
To Enter Africa from America: The United States, Africa, and the New Imperialism, 1862–1919

Research and preparation of an online resource and print publication about United States engagement with Africa during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. (36 months)

To Enter Africa from America (TEAA) is a collaborative research project whose goal is to reveal little known patterns of American movement across Africa in the context of broader American ideas about the continent that emerged during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Specifically, TEAA places those actions in dialogue with the “African Question”—a body of political discourses that emerged during the mid-19th century that sought to articulate the meaning and relevance of Africa in an increasingly Eurocentric interconnected world. The collaborators argue that scholars have overlooked, underestimated, and understudied the new imperialism in Africa in the historical context of U.S. expansion and empire. TEAA will explore how such connections formed through American diplomatic, social, religious, and leisure activities in Africa, producing a published, peer-reviewed scholarly digital project, an interdisciplinary symposium, and a peer-reviewed edited volume of interpretive essays.

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

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$216,106 (approved)
$216,106 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2021


FEL-257634-18

Philip Sapirstein
University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
The Ancient Greek Temple of Hera at Olympia: A Digital Architectural History

Preparation of a digital publication on the architectural history and development of the Doric style at the Temple of Hera at Olympia (ca. 600 BCE).

I have recently completed a high-resolution 3D recording of the oldest well-preserved Greek temple in the Doric style, the Heraion at Olympia. The project has revealed significant new insights into the architectural history of the monument. I am now facing a common challenge for researchers working with 3D scans of cultural heritage: how to publish the wealth of digital data. I plan to develop a project website to disseminate the models, reconstructions, and linked texts and images. A lightweight environment built on existing mapping technologies will enable users to navigate visualizations of the remains interactively. The dissemination of the complex 3D models from Olympia through pre-rendered orthographic views will represent a model that might be adapted for many other ancient monuments. The site will allow flexible exploration, but it will also guide visitors through a new argument concerning the architectural history of the temple’s peristyle.

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Project fields:
Archaeology; Architecture; Art History and Criticism

Program:
Fellowships

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2018 – 6/30/2019


PR-253389-17

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Heather Marie Richards-Rissetto (Project Director: June 2016 to present)
Keeping Data Alive: Supporting Reuse and Repurposing of 3D Data in the Humanities

A project to develop 3D architectural models of Mayan cities in an open source database for reuse and repurposing in other architectural reconstructions, leading to the creation of an open source platform to host, deliver, and visualize 3D models linked to descriptive data.

The goals of this one year project are to develop workflows to: (1) generate, store, and make accessible 3D models of architecture in an open source database that scholars can (re)use and repurpose to create their own multi-scalar reconstructions ranging from individual buildings to entire cityscapes and (2) host, deliver, and visualize 3D models, linked to metadata, paradata, and descriptive data, in an open source 3D visualization environment. The project includes front-end and back-end deliverables that will contribute to data sustainability and accessibility in the humanities. Front-end deliverables include a project website hosting workflows with tutorials and a proto-database for beta-testing and capturing user feedback. Back-end deliverables include "white paper" describing the initial database design, data structuring, initial findings, ongoing challenges, and next steps.

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Project fields:
Archaeology; Architecture

Program:
Research and Development

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$74,368 (approved)
$71,719 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 12/31/2018


RQ-249901-16

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Kenneth Price (Project Director: December 2015 to present)
Ed Folsom (Co Project Director: February 2016 to present)
Unearthing The "Buried Masterpiece" of American Literature: A Digital Variorum of the 1855 Leaves of Grass

Preparation for online publication of 19th-century American author Walt Whitman's first edition of Leaves of Grass, as part of an existing digital archive devoted to Whitman. See website at http://www.whitmanarchive.org.

The Walt Whitman Archive seeks NEH support to edit the first edition of Leaves of Grass and the constellation of draft documents that contributed to it by developing a digital variorum of this edition of Leaves from manuscript and notebook beginnings through its many variations in print. Whitman wrote the poetry, designed the book, and set some of the type, and his first Leaves was stunning both as verse and as a material object. This project will entail careful work on at least ninety-nine manuscripts contributing to the volume. Our goals are to advance understanding of this paradigm-shifting book and to enable future scholarship by drawing on some of the opportunities for representation unique to digital editing.

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Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2017 – 6/30/2020


PW-228168-15

University of Nebraska, Board of Regents (Lincoln, NE 68503-2427)
Carolyn C. Heitman (Project Director: July 2014 to present)
Salmon Pueblo Archaeological Research Collection

The digitization of archaeological field records, original drawings, and photographs, and integration into an existing research archive, along with electronic databases of data pertaining to the Salmon Pueblo site in northern New Mexico, which documents a prehistoric Puebloan cultural center dating to the 11th century CE and which was excavated in the 1970s.

The goal of the proposed Salmon Pueblo Archaeological Research Collection (SPARC) project is to preserve and make accessible incomparable legacy data from the important excavations of Salmon Pueblo. Built around 1090 CE, this ancestral Pueblo site was the first major colony outside of Chaco Canyon and was a cultural center on the north bank of the San Juan River 45 miles north of Chaco. The site of Salmon Pueblo is important both for its place in the larger Chacoan world of the twelfth century and its unique archaeological history. A collaboration exists between four institutions--the Salmon Ruins Museum, Archaeology Southwest, the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia. Support for SPARC will go toward three phases: (1) digital acquisition, (2) data integration and management, and (3) online preservation of and access to materials.

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Project fields:
Anthropology; Archaeology; Social Sciences, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$298,604 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 10/31/2018


RQ-50707-14

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Adrian Wisnicki (Project Director: December 2012 to present)
Megan Ward (Co Project Director: December 2012 to present)
Explorer David Livingstone's 1870 Field Diary and Select 1871 Letters: A Multispectral Critical Edition

Preparation for publication of on online critical edition of the 1870 Field Diary and select letters of David Livingstone (1813 - 73), the Scottish writer, abolitionist, missionary and explorer of Africa. (24 months)

We are applying for an NEH Scholarly Translations and Editions Grant in order to develop an online critical edition of the 1870 Field Diary and select 1871 letters of Dr. David Livingstone (1813-73), the Scottish writer, abolitionist, missionary, and explorer of Africa. This publication will conclude the already successful work of the peer-reviewed, NEH-funded Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project (2010-Present). Our new critical edition will feature a comprehensive scholarly apparatus that includes annotated transcriptions of Livingstone's 1870 diary and 1871 letters, a range of critical essays, and processed spectral images that clarify Livingstone's manuscripts and shed light on the history of their production and preservation. A user-friendly interface will allow scholars and the general public to study all our critical materials, while additional integration of new data into our existing archive will enable our work to be both interoperable and sustainable in the long term.

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Project fields:
British Literature

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$158,605 (approved)
$158,605 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2013 – 12/31/2016


RQ-50816-14

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Andrew Wade Jewell (Project Director: January 2014 to present)
The Complete Letters of Willa Cather

Work on the first stage of an online, open access edition of the complete correspondence of American novelist Willa Cather (1873-1947). (36 months)

We propose to edit Cather’s complete correspondence for digital publication on the completely free and open-access Willa Cather Archive (cather.unl.edu). We are asking for NEH support for the first stage of this edition: 1,500 letters, or half the complete currently-known corpus. This digital edition will feature texts transcribed and marked up in TEI P5 conformant XML, high-quality digital images of original documents, full multimedia annotations, and innovative search and browsing features including automatically-generated indices of names, titles, and geographic locations. The whole edition will be strengthened by its integration into the Willa Cather Archive, indisputably the central online resource for scholarly study of the author.

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Project fields:
American Literature; U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$271,980 (approved)
$271,980 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 9/30/2018


HD-51897-14

University of Nebraska, Board of Regents (Lincoln, NE 68503-2427)
Elizabeth Lorang (Project Director: September 2013 to present)
Leen-Kiat Soh (Co Project Director: September 2003 to present)
Image Analysis for Archival Discovery (Aida)

The development of a prototype tool that would allow scholars and students to apply image processing and machine learning techniques to identify specific visual elements within digitized collections. The project would start with an attempt to identify poetry found in the Chronicling America collection of historic newspapers.

Images created in the digitization of primary materials contain a wealth of machine-processable information for data mining and large-scale analysis, and this information should be leveraged both to connect researchers with the resources they need and to augment interpretation of human culture, as a complement to and extension of text-based approaches. The proposed project, "Image Analysis for Archival Discovery" (Aida), applies image processing and machine learning techniques from computer science to digitized materials to facilitate and promote archival discovery. Beginning with the automatic detection of poetic content in historic newspapers, this project will develop image processing as a methodology for humanities research and analysis. In doing so, it will advance work on two fronts: 1) it will contribute to the reevaluation of newspaper verse in American literary history; 2) it will assess the application of image analysis as a method for discovery in archival collections.

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Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$60,000 (approved)
$59,697 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2014 – 6/30/2016


PW-51436-13

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Adrian Wisnicki (Project Director: July 2012 to present)
The Livingstone Online Enrichment and Access Project (LEAP)

The digitization and transcription of 3,500 manuscript pages written by David Livingstone, pertaining to his exploration of Africa, for inclusion in the Livingstone Online Web site, along with the development of tools and services to enhance use by scholars and educators.

The Livingstone Online Enrichment and Access Project (LEAP) will support updating, integrating, and providing access to Livingstone Online (http://www.livingstoneonline.ucl.ac.uk/) and its digital image and transcription collections in order to secure the site's long-term sustainability as a unified, open-access resource for scholars and the general public. . Our site -- a well established, transatlantic, digital archive initiative -- seeks to provide worldwide access to the writings of Dr. David Livingstone (1813-73), the Scottish abolitionist, missionary, and explorer of Africa.

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Project fields:
British Literature

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$275,000 (approved)
$275,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2013 – 8/31/2017


PW-51452-13

University of Nebraska, Omaha (Omaha, NE 68182-0001)
Thomas E. Gouttierre (Project Director: July 2012 to present)
Metadata Construction and Digitizing Maps of Afghanistan and Pakistan

A Foundations project to plan the cataloging and digitization of a collection of ca. 12,000 maps and ancillary materials on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Metadata Construction and Digitizing Maps of Afghanistan and Pakistan project will enable collation, digitization, cataloguing, library indexing, analysis, storage, and eventual selective publication of all relevant and unique mapped and written materials on Afghanistan and Pakistan to make them available to the public worldwide and to preserve them for posterity. The original maps and digital surrogates will be housed and maintained in the Arthur Paul Collection in the University of Nebraska at Omaha Criss Library and financially sustained by the Center for Afghanistan Studies after the grant period is over. The long-term benefits to research, education, and public programming in the humanities provided by this project is a valuable and one-of-a-kind source of unique data on a country that hosted America's longest war.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$39,684 (approved)
$39,684 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 6/30/2014


HG-50047-13

University of Nebraska, Board of Regents (Lincoln, NE 68503-2427)
Malte Rehbein (Project Director: October 2012 to May 2013)
Brett Barney (Project Director: May 2013 to present)
Diachronic Markup and Presentation Practices for Text Editions in Digital Research Environments

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

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

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
NEH/DFG Bilateral Digital Humanities Program

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$165,005 (approved)
$165,001 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 12/31/2015


RZ-51615-13

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
William G. Thomas (Project Director: December 2012 to present)
Jennifer E. Guiliano (Co Project Director: December 2012 to present)
O Say Can You See: Early Washington, D.C. Law and Family Project

Creation of a digital archive and website, presentation of virtual seminars, and research and writing of a scholarly monograph and journal articles related to a series of legal cases and family networks in early Washington, D.C. (24 months)

This project explores multigenerational black and white family networks in early Washington, D.C., by collecting, digitizing, making accessible, and analyzing over 4,000 case files from the D.C. court from 1808 to 1815, records of Maryland courts, and related documents about these families. Scholars from the University of Maryland and the University of Nebraska will collaborate by uncovering the web of litigants, jurists, legal actors, and participants in this community, and by placing these family networks in the foreground of our interpretive framework of slavery and national formation. We focus first on the landmark 1813 case Queen v. Hepburn, the only petition for freedom from slavery heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, and a foundational case establishing the hearsay rule. We propose to document the relationships within and among black and white families in early D.C. at the center of these cases, host virtual seminars to refine our methods, and produce a series of studies in monograph and article form.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$200,000 (approved)
$199,685 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2014 – 2/28/2017


PW-51082-12

University of Nebraska, Board of Regents (Lincoln, NE 68503-2427)
Kenneth Price (Project Director: July 2011 to present)
An Integrated Guide to Walt Whitman's Literary Manuscripts

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

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

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Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$275,000 (approved)
$275,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2012 – 7/31/2015


RQ-50658-12

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Kenneth Price (Project Director: December 2011 to present)
Ed Folsom (Co Project Director: December 2011 to present)
Walt Whitman as an Author Before Leaves of Grass

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

The Walt Whitman Archive, a digital archive that makes Whitman's vast work easily and conveniently accessible to scholars, students, and general readers alike, seeks to expand its content to include Whitman-authored materials written before the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass. This "foreground" period consists of Whitman's novel, Franklin Evans (1842); his roughly two dozen short stories and vignettes initially published between 1841 and 1848 in news and literary papers; his unpublished pre-1855 prose manuscripts; his pre-Leaves of Grass notebooks; and a significant selection of Whitman's journalism in which he develops a persona across multiple articles. The Whitman Archive proposes to gather, edit, and annotate Whitman's early materials for digital publication and will offer, for the first time, a seamlessly integrated presentation of Whitman's literary contributions in the lead-up to his masterpiece, Leaves of Grass.

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Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$330,000 (approved)
$330,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2013 – 1/31/2017


CH-50869-11

University of Nebraska, Board of Regents (Lincoln, NE 68503-2427)
Katherine L. Walter (Project Director: May 2010 to present)
Center for Digital Research in the Humanities Endowment

Endowment for programs at the University of Nebraska's Center for Digital Research in the Humanities.

The Center for Digital Research in the Humanities (CDRH) seeks challenge grant funding to build an endowment to enable it to expand and solidify its national leadership position in mentoring programs for early-career humanities scholars, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and pre-tenure faculty. Funds from the endowment will support annual graduate research assistantships, annual summer internships for graduate students, an ongoing two-year postdoctoral fellowship, and will allow us to expand the Nebraska Digital Workshop, a signature event of the center that showcases promising humanities work of early-career scholars.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Challenge Grants

Division:
Challenge Grants

Total amount offered:
$500,000

Grant period:
12/1/2009 – 7/31/2015


HD-50984-10

University of Nebraska, Board of Regents (Lincoln, NE 68503-2427)
William Seefeldt (Project Director: October 2009 to present)
William G. Thomas (Co Project Director: October 2009 to present)
Sustaining Digital History

A series of planning meetings with the editors of several print journals in history to explore various models of digital scholarship and publishing.

This project seeks to build a scholarly community for the practice of the emerging field of digital history by 1.) enhancing communication and collaboration among scholars and journal editors, 2.) creating model forms of scholarship and peer review, and 3.) establishing a clearinghouse for all peer-reviewed digital history scholarship. Digital History has grown up in the last fifteen years through and around the explosion of the World Wide Web, but historians have only just begun to explore what history looks like in the digital medium. Increasingly, university departments seek scholars to translate history into this fast-paced environment and to work in digital history; however, they have found that without well-defined examples of digital scholarship, established best practices, and, especially, clear standards of peer review for tenure, few scholars have fully engaged with the digital medium. Our challenge now is to create a wider scholarly community around Digital History.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$49,116 (approved)
$49,079 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2010 – 8/31/2012


HD-50847-09

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Katherine L. Walter (Project Director: April 2009 to present)
centerNet: Cyberinfrastructure for the Digital Humanities

A series of meetings, concluding with an international summit, to plan for future activities of an international network of digital humanities centers.

centerNet, a nascent international network of digital humanities centers, requests an NEH Digital Humanities Start Up Grant, Level II, to build a technical infrastructure and institutional framework that will enable it to play a vital role in developing both national and international cyberinfrastructure and become a stable, self-supporting organization. Included in the plan are a one-time world wide summit of digital humanities centers and funders to discuss possible emergent programs. We are aware that our application, which involves innovation in the form of cyberinfrastructure, will be different in kind from most other applications in this funding category, which will focus on individual tools or projects. But many of these very tools and projects themselves are dependent on the support of digital humanities centers, which have been described in the report of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Commission on Cyberinfrastructure as 'crucial seedbeds of innovation.'

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
9/1/2009 – 8/31/2012


HD-50440-08

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Andrew Wade Jewell (Project Director: April 2008 to present)
The Crowded Page

The development of data-mining and visualization tools to detail and map relationships in communities of writers and artists within specific geographic and temporal locations.

The Crowded Page is an Internet-based humanities computing project whose goal is to create data-mining and visualization tools that will allow researchers to map out the intricate connections between the members of artistic and literary communities. In most accounts of literary and art history, a work of art or literature is said to be the product of a single creative mind. In an effort to make visible what is often obscured in traditional histories of art and literature, The Crowded Page seeks to take advantage of the unique capabilities of the digital medium to foreground the ways in which a complex network of friends, editors, neighbors, lovers, and fellow artists and writers informs the creative process.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$49,577 (approved)
$49,577 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2008 – 3/31/2011


RQ-50338-08

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Kenneth Price (Project Director: November 2007 to present)
Walt Whitman's Civil War Writings

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

The Walt Whitman Archive will create a comprehensive edition of the Civil War writings of Walt Whitman, probably the most important literary interpreter of this conflict. Support from the National Endowment for the Humanities will allow us to complete this work by 2011, in time for the observance of the sesquicentennial of the outbreak of the War. The War profoundly shaped Leaves of Grass, the first masterpiece of American poetry, and Whitman extensively depicted and analyzed the Civil War in journals, notebooks, letters, essays, journalism, memoirs, and manuscript drafts. We will electronically edit, arrange, and publish -- often for the first time -- the hundreds of documents that give voice to Whitman's experience of the war. In addition to making these documents freely available, our work will help to model for other scholars best practices in creating, publishing, and sustaining electronic editions.

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Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2008 – 6/30/2011


PD-50007-08

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Mark Joseph Awakuni-Swetland (Project Director: December 2007 to present)
Catherine Rudin (Co Project Director: December 2007 to present)
Omaha and Ponca Digital Dictionary

The preparation of an online dictionary of Omaha and Ponca, mutually intelligible Siouan languages spoken in Nebraska and Oklahoma.

The project would create a comprehensive dictionary of Omaha and Ponca at a time when there are only a few dozen elderly fluent speakers. Data would be drawn from archival and published documents from nearly a dozen sources. The largest source is an unpublished word list compiled by ethnologist James Owen Dorsey in the late nineteenth century, which includes approximately 20,000 entries written in a complicated orthography. All materials would be digitized and transcribed into the contemporary orthographies used by tribal members and educators. The dictionary would be in a Structured Queried Language database that conforms to standards promulgated under the Electronic Metastructure for Endangered Languages Data. Omaha has a complex verbal morphology with the possibility of multiple affixes. All words, especially verbs, would be analyzed to determine their roots, their appropriate placement in the dictionary, and which affixed forms should be included. The dictionary would contain a brief grammatical sketch, including a description of the phonemes of the language, its major phonological and morphological patterns, and an outline of sentence structure. This project would make freely available to native communities, students, and researchers a vast collection of Omaha and Ponca language.

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Project fields:
Languages, General; Linguistics

Program:
Documenting Endangered Languages - Preservation

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$348,800 (approved)
$348,800 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2008 – 8/31/2012


HD-50243-07

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Brian L. Pytlik Zillig (Project Director: April 2007 to present)
Evince Visualization and Analysis Tool

Development of a proof-of-concept prototype of a visualization tool for the analysis of humanities texts online.

We are seeking start-up funds to develop Evince, a freely available open-source digital tool prototype for analyzing texts and textual data. The prototype will demonstrate the viability of dynamic rendering technologies for the graphical visualization of text analysis data in the humanities.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$29,648 (approved)
$29,648 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2008 – 12/31/2008


PJ-50026-07

University of Nebraska, Board of Regents (Lincoln, NE 68503-2427)
Katherine L. Walter (Project Director: November 2006 to present)
Nebraska Digital Newspaper Project: Phase One

Digitizing 100,000 pages of Nebraska newspaper titles, 1880 to 1910, scanned from 150 reels of microfilm created by the United States Newspaper Project that document the history and culture of Nebraska.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and its partner, the Nebraska State Historical Society, propose to digitize an estimated 100,000 pages of Nebraska newspapers dating from 1880 to 1910 as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program at the Library of Congress. The project will be completed over a two year period. Newspapers selected for digitization will be of significant research value, represent a range of geographic areas and genres, and cover the time period as fully as possible. Digitization will include imaging, text conversion, metadata creation, and XML mark-up following guidelines provided by the Library of Congress. Digitization will be done by iArchives. Management of the project and quality control steps will be conducted by he University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries; copies of the newspaper microfilm will be provided by the Nebraska State Historical Society; and selection will be conducted and monitored by an advisory board of scholars, teachers, librarians, and editors.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
National Digital Newspaper Program

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$981,012 (approved)
$981,012 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2007 – 8/31/2020

Funding details:
Original grant (2007) $0
Supplement (2009) $275,038
Supplement (2016) $200,000
Supplement (2018) $218,000


CZ-50114-06

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Kenneth Price (Project Director: February 2005 to present)
The Walt Whitman Archive

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

The year 2005 marks the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass (1855), a declaration of American literary independence and the founding book of American literary democracy. Whitman gave epic voice to our country, memorable articulation to American ideals, and expressed through his art the crisis of Civil War and the cultural possibilities of democracy. Founding principles of our country--freedom and equality--shaped his free verse style, his vernacular usage, and his subject matter. The 150th anniversary of Leaves of Grass is also the 10th anniversary of the Walt Whitman Archive < http://www.whitmanarchive.org > (1995-present). The Archive is providing a complete record of the "American bard," thus giving the general public and scholars at all levels the opportunity to read and study the work of this central spokesman for America. The Archive has begun the unprecedented process of providing free access, via the world-wide web, to the entire corpus of a writer who deepens and enriches our sense of who we are and of what we can become as Americans. We have accomplished a great deal in our initial ten years of long-term undertaking (a projected thirty years of major editorial work along with concurrent and indefinitely ongoing work to foster the scholarship, teaching, and learning the Whitman Archive makes possible). We have produced a large amount of high quality content, garnered grant support from three different federal agencies and a private foundation; established the infrastructure for our work; and built a talented and cohesive team of scholars, technical experts, and library staff. We need, however, to establish secure financial footing. With the support provided by an NEH Challenge Grant, we will create the first fully realized "born digital" edition of a major American writer.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Special Initiatives

Division:
Challenge Grants

Total amount offered:
$500,000

Grant period:
9/1/2004 – 3/31/2009


PA-50169-03

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Kenneth Price (Project Director: July 2002 to present)
Creating a Digital Archive of the Writings and Manuscripts of Walt Whitman

The development of an electronic archive of Walt Whitman's poetical work, which will contain a unified finding aid to his widely dispersed manuscripts and links to digital images and transcriptions of these documents. The archive will also include the Collected Writings of Walt Whitman and other reference materials.

Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Preservation/Access Projects

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2003 – 4/30/2006


GP-50062-03

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Katherine L. Walter (Project Director: February 2003 to present)
The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Online Edition

Implementation of a website with the full searchable text of The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, edited by Gary Moulton, in addition to related texts, images, and recorded readings.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Special Projects

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$222,177 (approved)
$222,177 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2003 – 8/31/2007