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OAH (Bloomington, IN 47408-4141)
Edward L. Ayers (Project Director: April 2017 to August 2019)

Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)
Public Programs

$30,000 (approved)
$29,988 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 3/31/2018

"Out of Many, One" Planning Grant

Beginning in the fall 2017 and throughout 2018, at historical societies, museums, and historical sites across the nation, Americans will come together to discuss how to best represent their communities’ role in the U. S. On January 1, 2018, a website will be created to begin displaying the results of those conversations. Several major national organizations will work together to host the discussions: the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State Humanities Councils, the American Association for State and Local History, the National Park Service, and the Organization of American Historians. Together, these organizations will sponsor conversations called, “Out of Many, One,” the translation of the founding motto of the U. S. in 1782, E Pluribus Unum. The OAH will coordinate the collaborations, issuing an invitation to its more than 7,000 members to reach out to their local historical societies, museums and historical sites to co-sponsor an event in their communities. The AASLH and NPS will help promote the collaboration before, during and after each institution’s participation, encouraging museum/historical society/humanities center directors to connect with local historians. Each collaboration team will submit a brief proposal to the OAH coordinator. After approval, each partner will receive a small stipend to help defray expenses. Each community, drawing from its local history and archives will choose an image, along with a paragraph of explanation, to the OAH, where it will join thousands of others. In the digital mosaic that results, visitors will be able to view the remarkable diversity of our nation, as well as its unifying details. The image collection will serve as a new learning tool and archive for teachers, archivists, historians, museum educators, and community residents. This grant request includes funding for a planning meeting of the partners so the details of this project can be worked out and a grant proposal for $300,000 can be prepared and submitted to the NEH. 

University of Richmond (Richmond, VA 23173-0001)
Edward L. Ayers (Project Director: March 2010 to June 2012)
Scott Nesbit (Co Project Director: March 2010 to June 2012)

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Digital Humanities

[White paper]

$48,155 (approved)
$48,155 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2010 – 2/29/2012

Landscapes of the American Past: Visualizing Emancipation

The development of a digital atlas seeking to demonstrate how the spread of emancipation of enslaved people occurred during the US Civil War.

The Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond proposes Landscapes of the American Past,an online atlas of American history, as a tool for organizing and interpreting a part of the outpouring of digital materials over the past twenty years and as a tool for thinking spatially about the past. In the start-up period, we will produce "Landscapes of Emancipation," the first detailed map of emancipation yet published, and answer questions about when, where, and how emancipation emerged from the Civil War. In doing so, we will also address a question of increasing interest in the digital humanities: how can we produce maps that rely on and support open resources while at the same time creating effective and elegant visualizations that convey scholarly arguments? We will publish our findings online as a mapping application, in peer-reviewed essays, as freely accessible data and metadata, and in a white paper addressing the methodology of visualizing historical arguments.

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Edward L. Ayers (Project Director: October 1998 to April 2003)

Education Development and Demonstration
Education Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$110,000 (approved)
$110,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1999 – 8/31/2002

Building Digital Communities

TO SUPPORT the development of a digital archive on the African American community of Charlottesville, Virginia, during the period of racial segregation.

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Edward L. Ayers (Project Director: April 1996 to April 1999)

Education Development and Demonstration
Education Programs

[Grant products]

Totals (outright + matching):
$215,000 (approved)
$214,980 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1996 – 8/31/1998

The Valley of the Shadow Project: A Digital Archive of Northern and Southern Community Life in the Civil War

To support the completion of CD-ROM and Internet versions of THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW, an interactive program for teaching the American Civil War.

The Valley of the Shadow Project is a hypermedia archive which weaves together thousands of sources about 2 communities— Franklin County, PA and Augusta County, VA — before, during, and after the American Civil War. Students can explore every dimension of the conflict and write their own histories, reconstructing the life stories of women, African Americans, farmers, politicians, soldiers, and families. The project is intended for secondary schools, community colleges, and universities. W.W. Norton and Co. has committed to publish 3 interactive CD-ROMs, the first of which focuses on the coming of the Civil War. That disc has been designed for the educational market and is priced much lower than previous history software. We are seeking support from the NEH to create the second and third CDs, devoted to the war years and their aftermath.

Edward L. Ayers
University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

$11,570 (approved)
$11,570 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/1985 – 6/30/1985

A Social and Cultural History of the 1890's in the South

No project description available