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PW-269094-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesAmistad Research CenterAfrican American Cooperatives and Land Ownership in the South: Increasing Access to the Records of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund6/1/2020 - 5/31/2024$302,217.00LauraJ.Thomson   Amistad Research CenterNew OrleansLA70118-5665USA2020African American HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access30221703022170

The arrangement and description of 600 linear feet of archival materials from the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund (1967-1990) and the Emergency Land Fund (1971-1986), which document African American land ownership and agricultural communities in the southern United States.

This project will assist the Amistad Research Center 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. This project will entail the completion of archival processing for the two targeted organizational records collections, the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund (FSC/LAF) and The Emergency Land Fund (ELF). Largely unavailable to researchers, due to their size and lack of organization, these records document an overlooked, but fundamental aspect of African American civil rights – access to land and to sustainable economic prosperity.

PW-269162-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of California, BerkeleySMWM: Exploration, Innovation, Regeneration1/1/2021 - 8/31/2023$151,586.00Betsy Frederick-Rothwell   University of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyCA94704-5940USA2020ArchitectureHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access15158601515860

The arrangement and description of the archives of two California women architects/planners, Cathy Simon and Karen Alschuler, of the architectural firm SMWM (Simon Martin-Vegue Winkelstein Moris), whose work impacted California design in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

A grant to preserve and make accessible significant source materials generated by architect Cathy Simon and urban designer Karen Alschuler of the firm SMWM (Simon Martin-Vegue Winkelstein Moris).

PW-269218-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity Of HoustonSurvey of Small Historical Societies, Libraries and Museums for Hispanic Materials and Their Management, Phase 26/1/2020 - 8/31/2021$50,000.00Nicolas Kanellos   University Of HoustonHoustonTX77204-3067USA2020Latin American LiteratureHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access500000500000

The planning and development of an online directory of libraries, archives, and museums containing sources on Hispanic history and culture in the United States, from the colonial era through 1960, with a focus on small institutions in the South and Southeast.

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, Phase 2 will constitute an entirely free database accessible through the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage website of the University of Houston.

PW-269238-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of Maine, OronoFranco American Portal Project: Building an Open Access Discovery Tool for Franco American Collections6/1/2020 - 10/31/2021$59,994.00Jacob Albert   University of Maine, OronoOronoME04473-1513USA2020American StudiesHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access599940599940

A multi-institutional planning project to develop an online portal for access to archival sources on Franco American history and culture.  The project team would also plan for digitizing Franco American sources at partner institutions and would explore linking other library and archival collections to the portal.

The Franco American Portal Project is a five-university collaboration to build a primary source discovery tool for Franco American collections. Sponsored by the University of Maine and in collaboration with the University of Southern Maine, University of Maine at Fort Kent, Assumption College, and St. Anselm College, this project seeks to create a single, bilingual, culturally conscientious, searchable portal to archival materials concerning the French Canadian diaspora in the United States. Funds will be used to create a portal that links to the five partners' in-scope archival collections; foster teamwork and partner collaboration; support outreach to solicit in-scope materials from other institutions in the United States and Canada; and develop a digitization plan for growing content for the portal.

PW-269262-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesFrick CollectionCompletion of Frick Art Reference Library Photoarchive Digitization6/1/2020 - 12/31/2022$350,000.00Anastasia Levadas   Frick CollectionNew YorkNY10021-4981USA2020Art History and CriticismHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access35000003500000

Digitization of 73,894 photographs of American and European sculpture and American gallery inventories from the twentieth century. The project would complete online access to the Frick’s 1.2 million reference images.

The Frick Collection proposes a two-year implementation project to digitize and make available 73,894 photographic images of artwork and corresponding documentation. This project targets outliers from the collection that require special format treatment (nitrate negatives, transparencies) or the securing of copyright permissions (gallery photographs, three-dimensional works) and will complete the digital reformatting of the more than 1.2 million images that comprise the Frick’s Photoarchive collection. The Frick is requesting a $350,000 Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in order to help succeed with fundraising for this project. The Frick’s focus on creating rich, shareable metadata will help ensure the wide dissemination of this new resource to a global audience. The digitized materials will be made freely available to peer institutions and to the public through the Frick Art Reference Library’s online catalog.

PW-269273-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of California, Santa BarbaraEarly English Broadside Ballads (EBBA): Local and Global6/1/2020 - 5/31/2023$350,000.00Patricia Fumerton   University of California, Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraCA93106-0001USA2020British LiteratureHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access35000003500000

The continued development of the English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA), with the addition of 1,178 pre-1701 printed ballad sheets from 101 institutions in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. In addition, the applicant would catalog 923 tune titles and approximately 18,200 woodcut impressions and would enhance access to the entire ballad collection through the project’s new website, EBBA 4.0.

The University of California at Santa Barbara requests critical funding to launch the vital 8th and final stage of its digital English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA) to include the 1,178 extant but as-yet-unarchived pre-1701 English broadside ballads held at 101 institutions across the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. We have reviewed the largest collections on site at 15 institutions and have procured agreements from all to include their 850 items in EBBA. This signals great enthusiasm that we anticipate will extend to the remaining institutions with smaller holdings. Keeping to EBBA standards, we will provide high-quality facsimiles and transcriptions of the ballads, granular cataloging in TEI/XML/MARC (and now MEI), recordings, visual aids, and informative essays. Finally, we will launch our new website, EBBA 4.0, which will enhance user access to ballads as texts, music, and art.

PW-269283-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of California, Santa BarbaraThe American Discography Project-Victor and Bluebird Records Access Initiative6/1/2020 - 5/31/2023$349,721.00David Seubert   University of California, Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraCA93106-0001USA2020Music History and CriticismHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access34972103497210

The expansion of the Discography of American Historical Recordings online database through the creation of 14,000 discographic records and the digitization of recordings on 8,500 disc sides produced by the Bluebird and Victor record labels, covering the period from the 1920s to 1948.

The American Discography Project-Victor and Bluebird Records Access Initiative is a project to add discographic data for 14,000 Victor and Bluebird recordings from the 1940s to UC Santa Barbara's Discography of American Historical Recordings (DAHR) as well as digitize 8,500 sides from 1925 through 1948 for free online access under a new agreement from Sony Music, the copyright holder. The project will provide access to an important body of little known works from one of the most fertile eras in American recording history.

PW-269299-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesNorthern Illinois UniversityStreet & Smith Project7/1/2020 - 6/30/2023$348,630.00MatthewCharlesShort   Northern Illinois UniversityDeKalbIL60115-2828USA2020American LiteratureHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access3486300346865.490

Digitizing 4,409 volumes of dime novels and story papers published by Street & Smith, a New York City firm in operation from 1855 to 1959.  A partnership among five academic libraries—Northern Illinois University, Villanova University, Stanford University, Bowling Green State University, and Oberlin College—the project would provide images and full texts of the works, catalog records for the volumes, and indexed entries for every story, series, and author, to augment an existing online bibliography of dime novels.

The Street & Smith Project seeks to digitize the dime novels and story papers of the only major publisher to survive the dime novel era. In addition to making thousands of these publications freely and widely available for the first time anywhere in over a century, the project will also add index entries for every story, series, and author to the online dime novel bibliography at dimenovels.org. This bibliography will be used to aggregate each partner’s digital dime novel holdings, while unpacking the complex relationships that exist between the dime novels themselves.

PW-269301-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesNational Geographic SocietyThe Early Color Photography Conservation and Digitization Project6/1/2020 - 9/30/2023$350,000.00Sara Manco   National Geographic SocietyWashingtonDC20036-4707USA2020Interdisciplinary Studies, OtherHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access35000003500000

The cataloging and digitization of 15,030 early color glass slides created by explorers and researchers between 1914 and 1944, covering the Arctic regions, Greenland, and Alaska. An accompanying finding aid would include not only description of the photographs but also some 3,000 textual objects that document the content and the creation of the collection.

The project aims to complete a comprehensive survey, analysis, and digital preservation program of the National Geographic Society’s collection of Autochromes, Dufaycolor, Finlaycolor, and Agfachrome plates from the 1910s-1944, collectively known as the Early Color Collection.

PW-269316-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of Nevada, Las VegasInventing Hollywood: Preserving and Providing Access to the Papers of Renegade Genius Howard Hughes6/1/2020 - 8/31/2022$271,580.00Heather Addison   University of Nevada, Las VegasLas VegasNV89154-9900USA2020Cultural HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access2715800270572.390

The arrangement and description of nearly 400 linear feet documenting Howard Hughes’ film career dating roughly from the 1920s to the 1970s.

The Tony Stark of his era. That is perhaps the most concise description of Howard Robard Hughes (1905-1976), arguably one of the twentieth century’s most significant visionaries. A transformative figure in aviation, business, and the history of Hollywood, Hughes established strong ties to southern Nevada during the latter half of his life, and donated his company records to the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). The Howard Hughes Motion Picture Papers span nearly half a century and include an impressive range of heterogeneous and distinctive materials related to the art, technology, economics, and social impact of American cinema. UNLV is proposing a cross-domain Implementation project that will leverage the subject expertise of the Department of Film and the technical expertise of the University Libraries Special Collections and Archives to increase the longevity of the materials and make them known and available to the public.

PW-269319-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesSociety of Architectural Historians (NFP)Foundations Project: A Collaboration Between SAH and the UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara to Preserve At-Risk 35mm Slide Collections6/1/2020 - 6/30/2022$59,982.00PaulineA.Saliga   Society of Architectural Historians (NFP)ChicagoIL60610-2144USA2020ArchitectureHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access599820563810

A survey of at-risk 35mm slide collections of the built environment in the United States and abroad created from the 1960s to the mid-1990s held by members and partner institutions of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), along with a pilot project to create a consortium of institutions that would house the digitized and physical collections; develop guidelines for prioritizing digitization, long-term storage and disposal; and create a framework for using fellowships and internships to assist with digitizing the slides and creating finding aids.

This project's first goal is the identification of at-risk 35mm slide collections focused on the built environment. Previous investigation through the SAH has recognized the levels of risk and identified measures to preserve material of high significance.  The second goal is ensuring the documentation, processing, and ultimate widespread sharing of these assets in recognition of their positive impact on the Humanities.

PW-269321-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of NebraskaWalt Whitman Archive Infrastructure Revitalization6/1/2020 - 10/31/2023$349,856.00Matt Cohen   University of NebraskaLincolnNE68503-2427USA2020EnglishHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access34985603498560

Revitalizing the digital architecture of the Walt Whitman Archive to make it easier to search and use the materials on the website.  Specific improvements would include changing the programming framework, creating a machine-readable interface for the website’s code, images, and metadata, revising files to improve the metadata, and leveraging existing metadata through a new search engine.

The Walt Whitman Archive (https://whitmanarchive.org) is one of the most prominent open-access digital archives, with hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, many from secondary and post-secondary schools. Now nearing its 25th year, the Archive is the leading resource for scholars of Whitman and a model for digital editions. Its depth has enabled its success, but has also created an infrastructure that is showing its age. We propose a critical redevelopment of the project's technical framework for both broad access and long-term sustainability, overhauling its information architecture, access framework, and public interface. Such a rebuild will make it easier for users to search, organize, and re-use our materials and to access it from mobile devices, and will allow more flexibility for future development. It will also serve as a model for other major scholarly resources whose digital infrastructure needs preservation, lest past investments of money, time, and energy be lost.

PW-269332-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesSeattle Art MuseumDigitizing, Preserving, and Providing Access to the Seattle Art Museum's Historic Video Collection1/1/2021 - 12/31/2024$350,000.00Yueh-Lin Chen   Seattle Art MuseumSeattleWA98101-2003USA2020Arts, GeneralHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access35000003500000

The digitization of 3,000 audiovisual recordings that chronicle the Seattle Art Museum’s institutional history from the 1930s to the 2010s.

The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) requests a Humanities Collection and Reference Resource Implementation Grant of $350,000 to digitize, preserve, and provide access to at-risk video assets in the museum’s Historic Media Collection, a collection of audio-visual materials of value to those studying art, artists, and architects of national and international importance, as well as those interested in the history of art and culture in the Pacific Northwest that spans the 1930s through today.

PW-269333-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesTreasury of Lives, Inc.Transformation and Growth of The Treasury of Lives Encyclopedia: Creating Access to the People and Places of Tibet, Inner Asia and the Himalayan Region6/1/2020 - 6/30/2024$349,475.00AlexanderPattenGardner   Treasury of Lives, Inc.New YorkNY10011-5510USA2020Area StudiesHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access34947503494750

Expansion and development of an online resource that documents the history, people, and places of Tibet, Inner Asia, and the Himalayan region.  The project would expand the technical infrastructure of the current resource to include linked open data and would expand content by adding new biographies and geographic data.

The Treasury of Lives, an online encyclopedia of Tibet, Inner Asia and the Himalayan Region, will implement a major expansion of encyclopedia content and transition from traditional relational database tables to a Resource Description Framework (RDF) knowledge graph capable of supporting semantic queries. The Treasury of Lives will add 100 new biographies of significant twentieth century Tibetan figures and 100 geographic place description entries with dynamic mapping, as well as related family and social roles content, to the actively growing resource. This content development will coincide with the development of a data model and ontology for people and places of Tibet, all in preparation for the transition to a triple-store database and website redevelopment that will fully implement the principles of Linked Open Data (LOD).

PW-269341-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesMaine Historical SocietyBeyond Borders: Mapping Maine and the American Northeast Boundary, 1625-18936/1/2020 - 1/31/2023$341,935.00Jamie Rice   Maine Historical SocietyPortlandME04101-3498USA2020U.S. HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access3419350341934.50

Providing access to three archival collections that document Maine’s history from 1625 to 1893 through the Maine Memory Network website. The project would provide more than 21,000 images with metadata, as well as some transcriptions and contextual essays.

The Beyond Borders: Mapping Maine and the American Northeast Boundary, 1625-1893 project seeks to create an engaging online space where scholars, students and the general public can find, access, and explore three collections which relate to Maine’s land use, natural resources, economic distribution and Wabanaki sovereignty. These collections document the settlement and establishment of northern New England, specifically coastal and interior Maine and along the Canadian border. Using our digital history platform Maine Memory Network (www.MaineMemory.net) as a base, we will create a rich historic narrative and online presentation for each collection that puts material in context. From this narrative, visitors can access a finding aid for each collection and dig deeper into fully-digitized content, which will provide an internet user anywhere in the world with the ability to browse each page of the collection in the same fashion as one would approach the collection in person.

PW-269343-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesNew York State Archives Partnership TrustA Statewide Inventory of Urban Renewal Records6/1/2020 - 5/31/2024$52,029.00DavidPaulHochfelder   New York State Archives Partnership TrustAlbanyNY12230-0001USA2020U.S. HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access520290520290

An online statewide inventory of municipal records documenting urban renewal in New York from 1949 to 1974, to facilitate planning for the digitization of the materials.

Urban renewal was one of the most important—and controversial—domestic policies in our nation’s history. Between 1949 and 1974, the federal government spent over $7 billion to revitalize more than 1,200 cities struggling with economic and population decline. Yet—except for a handful of cities—we know surprisingly little about urban renewal’s history and legacy. This project seeks funding of $52,029 ($46,420 for the core project plus $5,609 for inter-institutional partnerships) at the Foundations level to create a statewide inventory of locally-held urban renewal records for New York State, with the ultimate goal of digitizing selected records. This inventory and eventual digital collection will improve scholarly and public understanding of the lasting impact of urban renewal in our communities.

PW-269355-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesHistorical Society of PennsylvaniaImproving Access to Women's History Collections at HSP7/1/2020 - 12/31/2022$124,266.00Cary Hutto   Historical Society of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaPA19107-5699USA2020Women's HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access12426601242660

The arrangement and description of four manuscript collections, totaling 149 linear feet, that document women’s history in the greater Philadelphia region from the 1860s to the present.  Portions of each collection would also receive conservation treatment and be rehoused for long-term preservation.

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania seeks $124,266 for an 18-month project (total project cost: $203,161) to arrange, preserve, and describe four significant, and in-need, manuscript collections (encompassing 149 linear feet of material) that document women’s history, particularly relating to the civic engagement of women through clubs and organizations. By improving access to and preservation of these collections, the project will support research in women’s history and related fields, and further HSP’s goal to ensure that 100 percent of our collections are documented, protected, and made available for study.

PW-269366-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of Oklahoma, NormanCollaboration and development for digital access to the Native American Languages Collection6/1/2020 - 5/31/2021$49,495.00Raina Heaton   University of Oklahoma, NormanNormanOK73019-3003USA2020Native American StudiesHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access494950494950

Planning for the creation of online access to Native American language holdings at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, at the University of Oklahoma.  Planning would entail a series of workshops for tribal community members, linguists, archivists, and technology developers in order to share user needs and best practices in the design of language repositories.

The Native American Languages collection at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History at the University of Oklahoma is seeking funding for a collaborative project to plan the development of an online platform for the collection. The website will provide unprecedented access to the collection by allowing users to view and download materials directly, rather than the current system which requires people to visit the collection in person. This type of access fulfills our mission to make those materials that are meant to be shared as available as possible to Native peoples, researchers, and the greater public. We propose to hold a series of workshops designed to get input from NAL stakeholders (Native communities, linguists, educators), archiving professionals, and developers to create a user-oriented interface that will best serve the needs of our community of users. Information gathered from the workshops will be used to produce detailed mock-ups of the site.

PW-269370-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesMuseum of Flight FoundationProcessing the William P. and Moya Olsen Lear Papers9/1/2020 - 6/30/2023$236,824.00Nicole Davis   Museum of Flight FoundationSeattleWA98108-4097USA2020History of ScienceHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access23682402368240

The arrangement, description, cataloging, and selected digitization of 170 cubic feet of archival materials and 260 objects from the William P. and Moya Olsen Lear Collection, including correspondence, photographs, model planes, invention prototypes, and 33 audio recordings and 18 films related to groundbreaking discoveries in aviation and radio that span the twentieth century.

The Museum of Flight's project to arrange and describe the papers of William P. and Moya Olsen Lear will create accessibility to this collection documenting the business ventures of one of the U.S.’s most prolific inventors. 170 cubic feet of archival material spanning the 1920s-1995 will be arranged and described, culminating in the creation of a new publicly accessible finding aid. Approximately 5,000 scans of unique items in the collection, including correspondence, photographs, patent documents, and other business materials will be made available online. In addition, approximately 260 artifacts such as model planes and invention prototypes will be cataloged and photographed and 33 audio recordings and 18 films will be preserved and digitized. The collection will serve as a unique scholarly resource that illustrates ventures in not only aviation history but navigation, radio, motors, and more.

PW-269391-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of Southern MississippiCivil War Governors of Mississippi Digital Documentary Edition6/1/2020 - 5/31/2023$349,987.00Susannah Ural   University of Southern MississippiHattiesburgMS39406-0001USA2020U.S. HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access34998703452580

The digitization, transcription, and annotation of the papers of Mississippi state governors from 1859 to 1882 to include official correspondence, military telegrams, and letters and petitions from the public.

The Civil War Governors of Mississippi Digital Documentary Edition (CWGM) is an open-access collection of nearly 50,000 documents from the state’s governors’ papers from the late 1850s through the early 1880s that will be scanned, transcribed, and annotated over the next six years. CWGM is seeking a three-year NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grant to fund the first three-years of this project. Mississippi's Civil War-era governors' records capture the everyday experiences of southerners from the period just before the American Civil War through the end of Reconstruction and into the New South. The project involves a cross-domain partnership between archivists at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, digital archives specialists at the Mississippi Digital Library, and a historian-led research team at the University of Southern Mississippi.

PW-269393-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of VirginiaVirginia Emigrants to Liberia Project6/1/2020 - 5/31/2023$126,527.00WorthyN.Martin   University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleVA22903-4833USA2020African American HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access12652701265270

The enhancement of a database that details the lives of 4,000 enslaved and formerly enslaved African Americans in Virginia who took part in the colonization and establishment of Liberia in the nineteenth century and provides data pertaining to 500 facilitators of their emigration.  The database would include links to digitized correspondence and other contextual and bibliographic information.

This project will enable online access to information about 4,000 African Americans, enslaved and free, who emigrated from Virginia to Liberia between 1820 and 1866, and about 500 former enslavers and/or facilitated their migration. Our recent scholarship provides an authoritative basis for the substantial demographic information that is rare for African Americans in this period—including enslaved people’s surnames, ages, and relationships. Most significantly, over 400 letters by and about the emigrants, written before and after their emigration, will be linked to the records for emigrants and their former enslavers/facilitators, with sophisticated online access to these letters (mostly American Colonization Society records archived by Library of Congress). Virginia Emigrants to Liberia will inform scholars, researchers and students in a variety of disciplines, as well as the general public, with regard to life, liberty, race and citizenship on both sides of the Atlantic.

PW-269399-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesNelson-Atkins Museum of ArtThe Digital Reference Portal "Missouri Remembers: Artists in Missouri 1821 – 19516/1/2020 - 5/31/2022$157,653.00Amelia Nelson   Nelson-Atkins Museum of ArtKansas CityMO64111-1818USA2020Art History and CriticismHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access15765301565520

Development of an online dictionary of Missouri artists, profiling 500 artists who were active across the state between 1821 and 1951. The resource would be developed through a partnership among three leading archival repositories in Missouri and would debut in the state’s bicentennial year.

In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the State of Missouri, The Spencer Art Reference Library of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in partnership with the Jannes Library of the Kansas City Art Institute and The Saint Louis Public Library will make descriptive information on Missouri artists discoverable online by launching the publicly accessible digital portal, "Missouri Remembers: Artists in Missouri 1821 – 1951." The online resource will enable users to explore iconic artists like Thomas Hart Benton and George Caleb Bingham and to discover lesser known artists, such as female artists and artists of color, who lived in or spent part of their careers within the State of Missouri from the state’s beginning in 1821 through 1951. To implement this initiative, project partners will mine their large collection of files on Missouri artists to create individual descriptive records on an initial 500 artists for the portal's launch.

PW-269407-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesGreen-Wood Historic Fund Inc.Providing Access to the Unexpectedly Rich Records of Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery6/1/2020 - 2/28/2023$144,940.00JulieI.May   Green-Wood Historic Fund Inc.BrooklynNY11232-1755USA2020Social Sciences, GeneralHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access14494001449400

Transcription of the Green-Wood Cemetery’s historical burial registry, which contains records from 1840 to 1937 of 438,180 citizens interred in the cemetery. The registry’s contents would be transformed into a database searchable through the cemetery’s website and available for full download.

Green-Wood Historic Fund respectfully requests a $144,940 grant to make available Green-Wood Cemetery's burial registry which spans the time period 1840-1937. The burial registry notes the nativity, street address, age in years, months and days, cause of death, date of death, date of interment and the name of the undertaker of 438,180 individuals - a true sampling of New York's population. Included in this undertaking is the transcription of every burial record in the registry and the development of an Elasticsearch index (described more completely in Steps 2 and 3 of Methodology and Standards below) that will enable the burial record data to be placed on Green-Wood’s website and made discoverable and searchable to experienced researchers and the general public for the first time. Perhaps the most enticing aspect of the project is that it is merely the tip of the iceberg for a vast and almost completely unknown storehouse of similar burial records held by cemeteries around the country.

PW-269408-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesFlorida Atlantic UniversityThe Arquin Slide Collection Digitization Project: Preserving the Heritage of Latin America6/1/2020 - 5/31/2023$231,588.00EmilyAnneFenichel   Florida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonFL33431-6424USA2020Latin American StudiesHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access23158802292430

Cataloging and digitization of 25,000 slides taken by photographer Florence Arquin during the 1940s and 1950s that document Latin American and Caribbean heritage and culture, to be made available through a website at Florida Atlantic University.

The Arquin Slide Collection Digitization Project will digitize Florence Arquin’s collection of 25,000 slides, create descriptive metadata, archive the images and metadata, and make the collection accessible in a digital collection through a public website created with Omeka S. Online access to the collection will serve as a powerful research tool for scholars throughout the world who study Latin America and the Caribbean.

PW-269412-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUCLA; Regents of the University of California, Los AngelesReligion, Spirituality and Faith in Mexican American Social History 1940s-Present7/1/2020 - 6/30/2024$349,289.00Chon Noriega   UCLA; Regents of the University of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesCA90024-4201USA2020Latin American HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access34928903299360

The arrangement, description, and selected digitization of archival collections pertaining to the role of religion in Latino history.  Included are nine collections totaling 237 linear feet, among which are 12,000 photographs that would be digitized.

While there has been significant and substantial work done in the general area of Mexican American social history, the role of religion, spirituality, and faith have received limited attention until recently. Researchers have documented the sociological fact of religion as a significant factor among U.S. Latinos (with 91% identifying with a religion or faith). But scholars also note a “surprising” absence of humanities research that integrates this material into archive-based research and educational curricula. This project proposes to reframe the approach to and use of archival resources informing social histories, educational practices, and public programming related to the Mexican American population.

PW-269420-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity Of HoustonGulf Coast LGBT Radio and Television Digitization and Access Project6/1/2020 - 5/31/2024$348,751.00Emily Vinson   University Of HoustonHoustonTX77204-3067USA2020History, OtherHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access34875103332510

The digitization of nearly 6,000 hours of radio and television programs documenting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community in Houston from the mid-1970s to the 2000s.

The Gulf Coast LGBT Radio and Television Digitization and Access Project proposes to digitize, transcribe, describe, and make available over thirty years of unique radio and television broadcast recordings created by and for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans communities. Drawing from UH Special Collections, and through a partnership with the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender History, Inc., four series have been identified for inclusion in this project, totaling thousands of hours of content not heard or seen since initial broadcast. Currently, these materials are inaccessible to researchers, and due to the fragile audiovisual formats, are at significant risk of loss due to deterioration. These recordings are primary documents chronicling the experience of the LGBT community in a major Southern city and stand as a testament to the role of radio and television broadcast in the LGBT movement’s pursuit for social acceptance and political equality.

PW-269423-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesGeorge Mason UniversityPreserving the Legacy of James M. Buchanan6/1/2020 - 5/31/2023$334,720.00LynnE.Eaton   George Mason UniversityFairfaxVA22030-4444USA2020American StudiesHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access33472003347200

Arrangement and description of 282 linear feet of archival material, including correspondence, memos, photographs, audiovisual recordings, and ephemera related to the career of James M. Buchanan, who won the Nobel Prize in economics in 1986 for his development of Public Choice Theory.

The James M. Buchanan Papers chronicle the legacy of James M. Buchanan (1919-2013) – economist, Nobel Prize recipient, and National Humanities Medal awardee – whose theories had far-reaching influence on America’s national life. In addition to Buchanan’s extensive scholarship, the collection contains correspondence, memos, publications, photographs, and other ephemera related to his life and academic career. Spanning 282 linear feet, the collection is the largest and most significant holding in existence of unique, primary source material related to Dr. Buchanan. To effectively respond to numerous research inquiries from around the world and to make the archival materials accessible, it is essential that the manuscript collection be fully processed by professional archivists to provide arrangement and description based on archival best practices. A completely processed collection will ensure consistent access for all scholars interested in examining Buchanan’s influence.

PW-269425-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesHarriet Beecher Stowe CenterPlanning to Digitize the Collections6/1/2020 - 10/31/2021$50,000.00Amy Hufnagel   Harriet Beecher Stowe CenterHartfordCT06105-3243USA2020U.S. HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access500000500000

A planning and pilot project to establish priorities for digitizing the Stowe Center’s archival holdings and artifact collections related to Harriet Beecher Stowe, her family, and the Nook Farm neighborhood in Hartford, Connecticut.  The project would seek advice from focus groups of scholars, teachers, and students; digitize and create metadata for 100 objects; develop and test workflows; and collaborate with state-wide digital platforms to ensure the collections reach a wide audience.

The collection at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is made up of more than 13,000 published works, 195,000 manuscripts, 12,000 images, 5,000 graphic materials, and 8,500 artifacts which illustrate illustrate important themes in 19th-century U.S. history and can be studied across several disciplines.  The digitization project grew out of the Stowe Center’s desire to meet the expectations of today’s researchers for access to digital resources, update content and metadata to reflect contemporary standards, and bridge collections to programmatic needs more fully realizing our mission. This project comes at the right time for the museum – having successfully completed an NEH-funded interior renovation and reinterpretation of the Stowe House in 2017, the Stowe Center is poised with new leadership to undertake planning for collections digitization as an institutional priority.

PW-269430-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of Texas Rio Grande ValleyBilingual Voices in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands: Technology-Enhanced Transcription and Community Engaged Scholarship6/1/2020 - 8/31/2021$59,975.00KatherineO'DonnellChristoffersen   University of Texas Rio Grande ValleyEdinburgTX78539-2909USA2020LinguisticsHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access599750599750

A project to evaluate transcription tools and methods and develop a preservation plan for two sociolinguistic corpora documenting contemporary language practices of Spanish/English bilingual speakers in South Texas and southern Arizona.

Linguists at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) and the University of Arizona (UA) have collected over 157 hours of audio-recorded interviews with Spanish/English bilinguals documenting language varieties along the U.S./Mexico border. However, due to the time-consuming nature of manual transcription, many of these interviews have not yet been transcribed, limiting access to this valuable collection. This project pilots technologically-enhanced transcription methodologies, such as speech recognition and time alignment, to speed and streamline the transcription process. It also pilots a sustainable, community-based approach to the transcription of interviews by undergraduate and graduate students in research internship courses. This assessment, outcomes and findings of this project will guide other scholars seeking to develop their own community-based sociolinguistic corpora.

PW-269432-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources92nd Street YM-YWHAPreservation of and Increased Access to the 92nd Street Y Humanities Audio Archives7/1/2020 - 2/29/2024$350,000.00Christopher Bynum   92nd Street YM-YWHANew YorkNY10128-1612USA2020Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access35000003500000

Digitization and description of 854 original audio recordings of humanities and literary lectures given at the 92nd Street Y in New York City from 1950 to 2008.

92Y is requesting funds for the digital preservation of and increased public access to 854 tape-based audio recordings in our Humanities archive. Dating from 1956, the Humanities Audio Archive captures and features lectures, conversations, debates, and panel discussions across the fields of language arts, fine arts, performing arts, cinema, philosophy, history, and Jewish studies, as well as jurisprudence, anthropology, sociology, psychology, media studies, gender studies, and cultural studies. These recordings provide a truly distinguished record of public discourse on the questions and issues that helped define the second half of the twentieth century and first decade of the twenty-first century in America, and feature some of the period’s most influential figures. For this stage of its large-scale media preservation efforts, 92Y is focusing on the digital preservation of its audio recordings contained on imperiled, increasingly vulnerable analog and digital tape-based formats.

PW-269451-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesSealaska Heritage FoundationCelebration: 10,000 Years of Cultural Survival6/1/2020 - 5/31/2023$349,964.00RositaF.Worl   Sealaska Heritage FoundationJuneauAK99801-1245USA2020Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access34996403499640

Preservation, digitization, cataloging, and creation of online access to 540 hours of the song, dance, and oratory of Sealaska Heritage Institute’s biennial festivals, from their start in 1982 to the present.

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) is perhaps best known throughout Alaska and the “Lower 48” (the contiguous United States) for its biennial Celebration, a major dance-and-culture festival that celebrates the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska and other Native groups that join in the event. SHI designed its three-year Celebration: 10,000 Years of Cultural Survival project to edit its digitized recordings of Celebrations 1982-1988; migrate, preserve, and edit its recordings of Celebrations 1990-2016; and create online access to 540 edited hours of songs, dances, and oratory from Celebrations 1982-2018 on two platforms: YouTube and Proficio for the Web. This video will be presented by dance group and will also be searchable by performance, community, Celebration year, and when possible, by specific speakers. SHI will also create two short educational videos about Celebration which will complement the project.

PW-269459-20Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesInstitute For Advanced Study - Louis Bamberger And Mrs. Felix Fuld FdnReconstructing Ancient History through Squeeze Digitization at the Institute for Advanced Study6/1/2020 - 11/30/2023$350,000.00Angelos Chaniotis   Institute For Advanced Study - Louis Bamberger And Mrs. Felix Fuld FdnPrincetonNJ08540-4952USA2020Ancient HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access35000003500000

The cataloging and digitization of 30,000 paper squeezes that preserve ancient Greek and Latin inscriptions, including treaties, laws, decrees, honorific inscriptions, accounts of building projects, dedications, and literary texts from Ancient Greece.

The Institute for Advanced Study seeks support to complete its project to digitize the Institute’s collection of approximately 30,000 paper squeezes of Greek inscriptions, the second largest such collection in the world. The squeezes, which are three-dimensional, mirror image impressions of inscriptions, were created and donated to the Institute by the Epigraphical Museum in Athens, the American excavation of the ancient Athenian agora, and some of the greatest epigraphers of the twentieth century. Squeezes often preserve inscriptions which have been destroyed or lost, and they increase accessibility since the original stones are often heavy and located in out-of-the-way museum storerooms. The digitization of the squeezes and the addition of metadata will preserve these delicate prized resources; make them accessible online for free and unlimited use by researchers, teachers, and students worldwide; and enhance the study of primary sources for every aspect of Classical culture.

PW-277334-21Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of FloridaThe Colonial St. Augustine Project: Digitizing 400 Years of Interaction Phase 17/1/2021 - 12/31/2024$318,944.00CharlesRichardCobb   University of FloridaGainesvilleFL32611-0001USA2021ArchaeologyHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access31894403189440

The development of a database and online portal to archaeological material at the Florida Museum of Natural History from three house lots at the colonial city of St Augustine. The house lots encompass material from the late 16th to 19th centuries. A total of approximately 52,000 artifacts and over 2000 documents, maps and photos, would be added – including pottery, architecture, clothing, and metals that document the diverse cultural representation in St Augustine at that time. 

The Colonial St. Augustine Project will rely on a sample of artifact collections from house lots from the city of St. Augustine, Florida to accomplish two goals: 1) develop an digital database that helps to describe the colonial history of the city based on archaeological investigations; and, 2) make that data freely accessible through an online web portal. Established by the Spanish Crown in 1565, St. Augustine is widely celebrated as the earliest colonial town in North America that is still an active community today. As the capital of the Spanish colony of Florida, it played a major role in the colonial history of eastern North America, and its later integration into the United States strongly shaped the character of the American South. The public website to be made available through this project will emphasize the importance of archaeological research for sharing this story with the American public.

PW-277337-21Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of PittsburghProviding Open Access to Photoplay Music: The Mirskey Collection Digitization Project7/1/2021 - 6/30/2023$145,897.00James Cassaro   University of PittsburghPittsburghPA15260-6133USA2021Music History and CriticismHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access14589701458970

The cataloging and digitization of the Mirskey Collection, a set of approximately 3,000 cinema scores published during the early motion picture era, dating from ca. 1895 to 1927.

The University of Pittsburgh Library System (ULS) seeks a grant to support the Mirskey Collection Digitization Project. This two-year project will process and digitize sheet music for silent [mute] film accompaniment in the Mirskey Collection (MC), held by the ULS Theodore M. Finney Music Library. The MC contains approximately 3,000 sets of “photoplay” music, or music published specifically for cinema orchestra, with each set averaging fifteen instrumental parts, for a total of approximately 45,000 pages. Music for silent film accompaniment is an important resource for humanities scholars and musicologists exploring media studies, popular music, historical art music, gendered activities, class and social stratification, and a variety of other areas. Yet, silent film music remains very difficult for scholars and performers to access. The proposed project will preserve the entire MC and make it freely available online for research, performance, public programming, and exhibition.

PW-277345-21Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesCalifornia State University, Northridge, University CorporationFarmworker Movement Digital Photo Archive, Multimedia Website, and On-Demand Exhibition6/1/2021 - 5/31/2024$350,000.00Jose Luis Benavides   California State University, Northridge, University CorporationNorthridgeCA91330-8316USA2021JournalismHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access35000003500000

The processing and partial digitization of 22,000 35mm negatives, slides, contact sheets, and prints, along with 20 oral histories that document the farmworker movement in the 1960s and early 1970s.

The Farmworker Movement Collection of the Tom & Ethel Bradley Center contains 22,000 negatives, slides, and prints by American photographers John Kouns (1929–2019) and Emmon Clarke (1931–) taken during the 1960s and 1970s. The movement forged a broad coalition that pushed the country toward a more perfect union. The proposed project will create a digital database of this collection to digitally preserve the images and enable educational online access through the university’s Oviatt Library Digital Collections website. The digital archive will include 6,600 images 30% of the Center’s holdings). Dissemination activities include the creation of a multimedia website that uses this newly created digital photographic archive, 20 oral histories of farmworker participants that are part of the Center’s collection, and other publicly available digital resources, and the creation of a Do-It-Yourself educational exhibition for schools, community centers, and union groups using these photographs.

PW-277352-21Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of Arkansas, Little RockMapping Urban Fracture: Charting the Context and Consequence of the Little Rock Central High Crisis6/1/2021 - 5/31/2024$325,043.00DeborahJ.Baldwin   University of Arkansas, Little RockLittle RockAR72204-1000USA2021Urban HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access32504303250430

The digitization and geolocation of maps, architectural drawings, reports, and related photographs to address humanities questions about concepts of desegregation, urban renewal, and racial distribution over time with regard to housing and schools.  The Mapping Urban Fracture project would create a virtual collection comprising approximately 700 new reports and maps created after 1989 and develop an access interface to research spatial segregation with meta- and geospatial data.

The Mapping Urban Fracture project will engage scholars, educators, and the general public through the digitization and geolocation of maps, architectural drawings, reports, and related photographs to address humanities questions about concepts of desegregation, urban renewal, and racial distribution overtime with regard to housing and schools. The project will create a virtual collection and develop an access interface to research spatial segregation with meta- and geo- data for broad dissemination to a variety of audiences.

PW-277362-21Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of Maine, OronoWabanaki Resources Portal6/1/2021 - 5/31/2024$59,436.00Margo Lukens   University of Maine, OronoOronoME04473-1513USA2021Native American StudiesHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access594360594360

A Foundations project to plan for the development of an online portal to archival materials dealing with Wabanaki history and culture that are held at University of Maine’s Hudson Museum, Maine Folklife Center, and Fogler Library.  The portal would serve research, public, and educational audiences.

The McGillicuddy Humanities Center (MHC), the College of Education and Human Development (COEHD), and the Native American Programs at the University of Maine (UMaine) together with partners at the Maine Department of Education (DOE), and members of the Wabanaki Confederacy (the Penobscot Nation, Passamaquoddy Tribe, Aroostook Band of Micmacs and Houlton Band of Maliseets), propose to investigate developing a prototype portal to provide centralized access to, and increase discoverability of underutilized Wabanaki resources and archival collections distributed across a number of institutions.

PW-277363-21Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesYiddish Book CenterCreating and Enhancing Access to the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project6/1/2021 - 12/31/2024$350,000.00Christa Whitney   Yiddish Book CenterAmherstMA01002-3375USA2021Cultural HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access35000003500000

Providing access to a collection of oral history interviews about Yiddish language and culture through transcription, the creation of time-coded indices, and descriptive metadata enhancement.

The Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project seeks funding to enhance access to its digital collection of video oral histories about Yiddish language and culture in the non-ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. With this grant, we will create time-coded transcripts and bilingual indices for a large portion of our continuously growing collection, thereby increasing multilingual access to this unique archive. Additionally, we will align geographic and subject metadata to widely used formats and link the oral history collection to related digital collections at the Yiddish Book Center. Finally, we will make the archive discoverable on major scholarly search platforms and allow for integration into universal digital libraries alongside other humanities resources. These efforts enable researchers, educators, artists, and the general public to more easily access and utilize these invaluable primary source materials about the culture of an important ethnic minority in the US and beyond.

PW-277365-21Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesDuke UniversityDocumenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South: Digital Access to the Behind the Veil Project Archive7/1/2021 - 6/30/2024$349,178.00John Gartrell   Duke UniversityDurhamNC27705-4677USA2021African American HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access34917803491780

The digitization, cataloging, and transcription of Duke University’s Behind the Veil (BTV) oral history collection of 1,200 analog master recordings and over 3,800 supplemental materials, including photographs and project files, to current digital standards. The collection, which illustrates African American life in twenty Southern communities under Jim Crow, would be published in the Duke Digital Repository.

“Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South" will expand online access to the the Behind the Veil (BTV) project archive, housed in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University. The archive's provenance is traced to an oral history initiative from the early 1990's launched by the Duke's Center for Documentary Studies which interviewed African Americans from twenty distinct communities in the US South to document their experiences living through the era of segregation commonly known as Jim Crow. The BTV archive contains interviews with over 1,200 individuals and families, nearly 3,000 pieces of visual materials including slides, prints and photo negatives, and supplementary project files and electronic records. This proposal will migrate the archive's analog master recordings, photographs, and project files to current digital standards and publish the collection in the Duke Digital Repository with appropriate metadata and transcription.

PW-277369-21Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesBlack Mountain College Museum and Arts CenterPiloting an online collections platform for historic Black Mountain College resources6/1/2021 - 9/30/2022$50,000.00Jeff Arnal   Black Mountain College Museum and Arts CenterAshevilleNC28801-2916USA2021U.S. HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access500000500000

A plan for metadata standards, accessibility, user needs, and long-term strategic planning and sustainability for Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center’s collections, as well as the pilot implementation of a digital collections management system and online collections portal with approximately 1,000 digital items.

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center requests $50,000 to develop a pilot project creating online access to a part of its permanent collection. This will be an invaluable resource for scholars studying Black Mountain College’s history and legacy as it includes the creative output of groundbreaking figures in American culture from 1933 to the present, across visual, performing, and literary arts. Outputs for this planning period will include development and population of the back-end and front-end of a new collections management system, and documents detailing strategies and standards for future implementation. An earlier related phase, funded by the Luce and Windgate Foundations, involved the digitization of BMCM+AC resources which will be used as pilot data and media for the online collections portal. The project will take place from June 2021-September 2022. Full implementation at a later date will entail digitizing and adding the rest of the collection.

PW-277395-21Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of Wisconsin SystemThe History of Cartography Project7/1/2021 - 6/30/2023$350,000.00MatthewH.Edney   University of Wisconsin SystemMadisonWI53715-1218USA2021Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access185000165000185000165000

The production of the fifth and final volume of the History of Cartography, a standard reference for the field of maps and map history. This volume, Cartography in the Nineteenth Century, would include an interpretive encyclopedia of 408 entries written by 193 contributors, to be made available online and archived digitally. 

We request an implementation grant for July 2021–June 2023 to advance towards completion the final volume of a major reference series, The History of Cartography. Work planned includes research and extensive preparation of Volume Five. This award-winning series is the only comprehensive and reliable resource 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 sources. Experienced editors, contributors, and staff thoroughly research and rigorously check its content. The University of Chicago Press is responsible for publishing and distributing the volumes, making them available to a broad audience in print, e-book, and eventually free online editions.

PW-277398-21Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesDrexel UniversityDigitizing the Atwater Kent Museum Collection6/1/2021 - 5/31/2024$349,964.00Page Talbott   Drexel UniversityPhiladelphiaPA19104-2875USA2021U.S. HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access34996403499640

Digitization of approximately 25,000 three-dimensional objects that represent 350 years of history in Philadelphia, including historical artifacts and fine and decorative arts. The images and associated metadata would be available to the public through an online database.

In an unmarked warehouse in a former industrial area of Philadelphia, the 133,000+ items that made up the collection of the now-shuttered Philadelphia History Museum (PHM) await discovery. Through a partnership with the Museum trustees and City of Philadelphia, Drexel University is becoming steward of this collection, called the Atwater Kent Collection (AKC). As the new steward, Drexel is planning an innovative model of a “museum without walls” that will allow the public to know—for the first time—the extent of what is included in this far-ranging, priceless Collection. As essential underpinning for long-term public programming, education, research, and institutional collaboration, this significant Collection of material culture must be accessible—particularly online. As part of this ambitious undertaking, Drexel is applying for a Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Implementation grant to digitize the three-dimensional objects of the Atwater Kent Collection.

PW-277408-21Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesMarygrove ConservancyMarygrove African American Authors Collection6/1/2021 - 12/31/2022$56,500.00Frank Rashid   Marygrove ConservancyDetroitMI48221-2546USA2021American LiteratureHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access565000565000

A planning project to develop recommendations for curating, digitizing, and creating educational resources for a collection of audio-visual recordings, correspondence, print and promotional materials, and ephemera documenting the Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series, which focuses on African American writers and poets, at Marygrove College (now Marygrove Conservancy) from 1989 to the present.

A planning grant to preserve and digitize our collection of artifacts from 30 years of the Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series at Marygrove College.

PW-277433-21Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of FloridaReanimating African American Oral Histories of the Gulf South7/1/2021 - 6/30/2024$349,990.00Sarah Moeller   University of FloridaGainesvilleFL32611-0001USA2021American StudiesHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access34999003499900

The reformatting and annotation of 500 oral histories of African Americans from the Gulf South, representing the stories of people who lived through the transatlantic slave trade up to the present day, as well as the development of a new web search interface and 150 curriculum modules for K-12 educators.

An interdisciplinary collaboration between UF Linguistics, Oral History program, and George A. Smathers Libraries will reanimate 500 interviews with African Americans in the Gulf South, a population absent from many other oral history collections, with rich annotations and a web-based customizable interface. Our design harnesses computational linguistic methods and is informed by the needs and expertise of three diverse user groups, resulting in a host of improved accessibility outcomes. For education, teachers will be provided an easy to use interface to enhance student engagement with localized curriculum using the interviews. For linguistics, researchers will have access to an unprecedented amount of spoken African American data to investigate African American language change and regionality, and racially-based biases in speech technologies. Finally, oral history programs across the country will be offered a new means of enhancing accessibility into their own archival collections.

PW-277441-21Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesNorthern Arizona UniversityDigitizing the Moving Images of the Colorado Plateau and the American Southwest6/1/2021 - 5/31/2025$349,526.00Peter RungeSamantha MeierNorthern Arizona UniversityFlagstaffAZ86011-0001USA2021Cultural HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access34952603495260

The digitization of 400 rare and unique moving images documenting the human and natural history of the Colorado Plateau and the American Southwest, which would be made accessible through the Colorado Plateau Digital Archives at Northern Arizona University. The library would work with the Hopi Tribe, the Hualapai Tribe, and Diné College on the Navajo Nation to digitize and create access to additional films that are held by these partners.

Archival moving image materials have immense value for researchers, scholars, students, faculty, documentary filmmakers, K-12 educators, historians, and the general population. Cline Library's Special Collections and Archives (SCA) seeks funding to support the digitization of rare and unique moving images documenting the human and natural history of the Colorado Plateau. The 400 moving images in question are held by SCA and three regional cultural heritage partners: the Hopi Tribe, the Hualapai Tribe, and Diné College on the Navajo Nation (see Appendix letters). All together these moving images offer a glimpse into the collective past of the American Southwest as recorded on film. The digitized moving image content will be accessible online through the Colorado Plateau Digital Archives at NAU and selected titles will also be made available through the online digital resource Tribesourcing.

PW-277448-21Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesMedici Archive Project Inc.AVVISO: Publishing the News that Made Us Modern (1537-1743)9/1/2021 - 8/31/2023$350,000.00AlessioGiovanni MariaAssonitis   Medici Archive Project Inc.New YorkNY10018-0983USA2021Renaissance StudiesHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access35000003500000

The cataloging, digitization, and dissemination of approximately 35,000 avvisi, which were early modern manuscript newsletters, via the Medici Archive Project’s Medici Interactive Archive platform.

The main objective of the AVVISO Project is to digitize, preserve, catalog, edit, contextualize and disseminate the 35,000 early modern manuscript newsletters, known as avvisi, which were part of the Medici collection and are now housed at the State Archive in Florence.

PW-277458-21Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesGoshen College, IncCreating the Mara Cultural Heritage Digital Library for Access to Regional Tanzanian Oral Tradition, Linguistic and Cultural Materials6/1/2021 - 5/31/2025$183,935.00JanBenderShetler   Goshen College, IncGoshenIN46526-4794USA2021African HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access18393501839350

The digitization and transcription of recorded oral tradition and other documents from Tanzania’s  Mara  Region, compiled by Dr. Jan Bender  Shetler  between 1995 and 2010, to be included in the open-access Mara Cultural Heritage Digital Library (MCHDL).

An NEH grant would allow Goshen College to digitize and make globally available an extensive archive of recorded oral tradition and other documents from Tanzania’s ethnically diverse and neglected Mara Region, the only extant body of material from this region of its kind. Recordings, conducted by professor of history Dr. Jan Bender Shetler between 1995 and 2010 documenting over 300 in-person interviews with Mara residents, as well as other materials by local historians, contain a wealth of historical sources recounted in a variety of endangered local languages, up to this point inaccessible to students, scholars and residents themselves. Working in collaboration with experts in archival digitization at the Matrix Center at Michigan State University, linguistics consultants at The Mara Project at the University of Helsinki, along with partners in Tanzania, Goshen College will build on the foundation established to create and disseminate a curated digital library.

PW-277462-21Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesAmerican Jewish Historical SocietyGrass Roots Philanthropy: The People's Relief Committee Project7/1/2021 - 5/31/2023$131,681.00Melanie Meyers   American Jewish Historical SocietyNew YorkNY10011-6301USA2021U.S. HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access13168101300810

The preservation and digitization of 91 bound volumes and oversized flat materials that document the work of the People’s Relief Committee for Jewish War Sufferers (1915-1924), an American Jewish organization that sought to help Jewish communities and individuals in Europe during and after World War I.

The American Jewish Historical Society is seeking funds for the digitization and preservation of 91 volumes of archival materials documenting the history of the People’s Relief Committee for Jewish War Sufferers. The PRC was a very effective grassroots fundraising and advocacy group, initiated in the aftermath of World War I in order to send funds and relief to their Jewish brethren in Europe. While the PRC was relatively short lived, it was critical in the development of successor organizations, and the collection documents the work of the PRC and their collaborations nationwide and internationally.

PW-277463-21Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesTexas Tech University SystemThe Case for Agent Orange: Uncovering Defendants' Legal Discovery in a Landmark Case of Civil Litigation9/1/2021 - 8/31/2024$334,335.00AmyK.Mondt   Texas Tech University SystemLubbockTX79409-0006USA2021Military HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access33433503343350

Arrangement, description, rehousing, and development of a finding aid for 986 linear feet of records documenting the Agent Orange Product Liability Litigation class action lawsuit.

Funding to process and open to the public the New Jersey State Council, Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. Collection, which contains 986 linear feet of documents pulled in defense of Dow Chemical, et al., for the 1984 landmark Agent Orange Product Liability Litigation class action suit. This collection is a little-known resource for the study of the production and use of Agent Orange and will help advance scholarship in a variety of different fields including business management, public health, medicine, biology, environmental science, political science, military history, and US legal history. We expect a very high level of use from this collection, as the topics of Agent Orange and its harmful effects, the history of the military's decision to proceed with its use, and the level of culpability of the major chemical companies in not making the dangers of Agent Orange well known are of incredible importance to Vietnam veterans, military historians, and public health professionals.

PW-277473-21Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesCabrini UniversityDigitizing America’s First Citizen Saints Project6/1/2021 - 5/31/2024$148,561.31Anne Schwelm   Cabrini UniversityRadnorPA19087-3623USA2021History of ReligionHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access148561.3101485610

Digitization of 292 items related to the first naturalized American citizen elevated to sainthood, Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917), an Italian-American Roman Catholic nun. 

The Digitizing America’s First Citizen Saint Project is a three-year project that will provide digital access to the papers and artifacts of the first naturalized American citizen elevated to sainthood, Frances Xavier Cabrini. The output of the project will be digitized images of approximately 290 items, which include manuscripts, volumes of bound materials and scrapbooks, photographs, as well as a publicly accessible online OMEKA exhibit. This collection and exhibit have high research value as they document the life and work of this significant figure and reveal the history, religious landscape, and immigrant milieu of the 19th century United States. Once completed, this project will contribute significant content and context to understanding Cabrini’s life and contribution to American history and America’s religious history and allow for new scholarship relating to issues of immigration, education, social services, anti-Catholicism, and women’s leadership.