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PW-253676-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUCLA; Regents of the University of California, Los AngelesDigitizing Annotated Books, 1472-18145/1/2017 - 10/31/2018$261,000.00PhilipS.Palmer   UCLA; Regents of the University of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesCA90024-4201USA2017European HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access26100002610000

The digitization of 76,600 pages of annotated printed books dating from 1472-1814.  The selected pages have extensive contemporary (or near-contemporary) manuscript additions, which include reading notes, proofreaders’ and/or printers’ marks, scholarly commentary, drawings, and pen trials.  In addition, 279 original catalog records would be created for the annotations, and the digital content would be made accessible through Calisphere, the California Digital Library’s website, as well as through the Digital Public Library of America.

UCLA's Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies, which administers the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, seeks to produce and make freely available on the Internet digital facsimiles of 76,600 pages—containing more than 2.5 million (2,500,000) handwritten words—of the Clark's copiously or extensively annotated printed books from the hand-press era. The facsimiles will be hosted by the California Digital Library (CDL) on its website, Calisphere. Metadata about and links to the facsimiles will be harvested by the Digital Public Library of America and be freely available to other sites and scholarly endeavors. Complete sets of the 600- or 400-dpi TIFF files created by the project will be archivally stored by both the UCLA Digital Library and CDL. Metadata already gathered about the nature and extent of the annotations will be made available through original cataloging records created in OCLC during the course of the project.

PW-253678-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of Texas, AustinWriters Without Borders: Creating Global Access to the PEN International and English PEN Records9/1/2017 - 11/30/2019$195,000.00JamesC.Kuhn   University of Texas, AustinAustinTX78712-0100USA2017Literature, GeneralHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access1950000192227.010

The Harry Ransom Center (HRC) at The University of Texas at Austin requests support in the amount of $245,694 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a two-year project to arrange, describe, and selectively digitize the PEN Records and share them with the global community. The story of twentieth-century political activism, persecution, and creative expression cannot be fully understood without exploring the rich materials in the PEN Records at the HRC. The archives of PEN International and English PEN offer unique insight into human rights crises and document important cultural, historical, and literary debates of the last century. They illustrate in vivid and compelling ways why the humanities are integral to questions of equality, social justice, and freedom of expression and how humanists can successfully and powerfully engage in the public square.

PW-253692-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of Massachusetts, LowellThe Southeast Asian Digital Archives5/1/2017 - 2/29/2020$239,000.00Sue Kim   University of Massachusetts, LowellLowellMA01854-3629USA2017Asian American StudiesHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access23900002390000

The University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) requests $265,643 to establish the Southeast Asian Digital Archives (SEADA) by processing and digitizing eight archival collections documenting the rich history of Southeast Asian (SEA) refugees in the greater Lowell, Massachusetts, region in the late 20th century. UML's Library and Center for Asian American Studies will collaborate with several community organizations to better understand the histories and cultures of Southeast Asian Americans by collecting, documenting, preserving, and making publicly accessible the vast public and personal materials that are currently in danger of being damaged, lost, or discarded.

PW-253694-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity Of HoustonSurvey of Hispanic Materials in Small Historical Societies, Libraries, and Museums5/1/2017 - 8/31/2018$50,000.00Nicolas Kanellos   University Of HoustonHoustonTX77204-3067USA2017Latino HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access50000049999.990

A planning project, conducted by the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage program, to survey small libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies in several states in the Southwest that house documentation on Hispanic/Latino history and culture, resulting in an online directory and printed publication of a guide to these collections.

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 will constitute an entirely free database accessible through the "Hispanic Collections" website of Special Collections and the Arte Publico Press website, both of the University of Houston.

PW-253706-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesVirginia Museum of Fine ArtsDigitization of the Louis Draper Papers and Archives7/1/2017 - 11/30/2019$173,833.00Stephen Bonadies   Virginia Museum of Fine ArtsRichmondVA23220-4007USA2017Art History and CriticismHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access17383301738330

Cataloging and digitization of the archive of Louis Draper, an African American photographer and educator, who captured the urban life of African-Americans, mostly in New York City, over the latter half of the 20th century.  Draper’s archive consists of 20 linear feet of prints, negatives, contact sheets, color and black and white slides, as well as photographic equipment, notebooks, and manuscripts.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) seeks a grant from the NEH: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Implementation program in the amount of $173,833 for a 29-month project to digitize, preserve and disseminate the entire archive of the important 20th-century African American photographer and educator, Louis Draper. Containing over 50,000 objects, the Draper archive is the most significant acquisition in the history of the VMFA Archives. Through this project, VMFA will improve its stewardship and care of this comprehensive archival collection and its associated content.

PW-253708-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesMIPoPSMagnetic Media in the Pacific Northwest: Saving our Visual Media5/1/2017 - 10/31/2019$136,500.00Rachel Price   MIPoPSSeattleWA98104-1822USA2017Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access13650001365000

The appraisal and digitization of audiovisual collections held by members of the Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound (MIPoPS) regional consortium, including materials documenting Pacific Northwest history, Native American languages and cultures, and the history of industry in the region. The four participating institutions would participate in training to build their capacity for the stewardship and preservation of audiovisual collections.

The urgency of digitizing audio and videotape is a critical concern for professional moving image archivists. Magnetic media tapes have a lifespan of twenty to thirty years from the date they were created; tapes in archives across the country are reaching the end of their lifespan. Based on a 2015–16 pilot program, MIPoPS is poised to address the magnetic media crisis in the Pacific Northwest on a larger scale. This grant proposes assisting four institutions with videotape in their holdings preserve a portion of their visual history, by targeting specific collections that have not been preserved or made accessible: University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives, University of Washington Special Collections, Museum of History and Industry and Wing Luke Museum. Participants will work with MIPoPS to digitize video of high research value, creating preservation quality digital surrogates, while also providing important access to previously hidden collections.

PW-253714-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesGeorge Washington UniversityThe Eleanor Roosevelt Papers: Audio Edition5/1/2017 - 4/30/2019$95,000.00Christopher Brick   George Washington UniversityWashingtonDC20052-0001USA2017U.S. HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access95000094839.760

Proposal to transcribe, digitize, curate and publish 145 Hours of Eleanor Roosevelt audio materials to the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers (ERP) website.

PW-253715-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesOhio History ConnectionLittle Stories of the Great War: Ohioans in World War I5/1/2017 - 4/30/2019$171,849.00Lily Birkhimer   Ohio History ConnectionColumbusOH43211-2474USA2017U.S. HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access17184901718490

The digitization of 5,000 items related to Ohio’s experiences of  World War I, including photographs, letters, diaries, journals, government records, posters and advertisements, leading to the creation of a statewide collection for researchers, educators, and the public.

The Ohio History Connection (OHC), formerly the Ohio Historical Society, seeks support in the amount of $171,849 for a two year Humanities Collections and Reference Resources implementation grant entitled Little Stories of the Great War: Ohioans in World War I. The goal of the project is to develop a comprehensive statewide digital collection of World War I (WWI) materials in order to increase access to and use of WWI scholarly and primary sources. Accompanying educational resources will also be developed, and the final digital collection will support upcoming commemoration efforts for the centennial of United States (U.S.) involvement in the conflict and the role played by Ohio.

PW-253719-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of PittsburghWorld-Historical Gazetteer5/1/2017 - 12/31/2020$315,000.00Ruth Mostern   University of PittsburghPittsburghPA15260-6133USA2017History, GeneralHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access31500003150000

This is a project to create content, standards and digital infrastructure for a World-Historical Gazetteer (WHG): a spatially and temporally comprehensive index of significant world historical place names (a Spine), and a system for collaborative digital and data-driven historical scholarship at the global scale (an Ecosystem).  It focuses significantly but not exclusively on the centuries since 1500, so as to dovetail with synergistic efforts devoted to the ancient and medieval world.

PW-253721-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPresident and Fellows of Harvard CollegeNuremberg Tribunals Project: Trial 95/1/2017 - 4/30/2019$97,326.88Jonathan Zittrain   President and Fellows of Harvard CollegeCambridgeMA02138-3800USA2017Legal HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access97326.88097326.880

The processing of Trial 9 of the Nuremberg Military Tribunals for open online access, including 18,000 pages from approximately 3,600 documents related to the Nazi mobile death squads known as the Einsatzgruppen.

The Harvard Law School Library owns and manages approximately one million pages of documents relating to the trial of military and political leaders of Nazi Germany before the International Military Tribunal (IMT) and the subsequent twelve trials of other accused Nazi war criminals before the United States Nuremberg Military Tribunals (NMT) during the period 1945-9. To preserve the contents of these now-fragile documents and to provide expanded access to this material, the Library has undertaken a long-term, multi-stage digitization project, an open-access initiative to create, present and make accessible the Library's full archive to a broad audience, including the general public both in the U.S. and abroad, high school and college students, and researchers in fields related to the Trials. We are applying for funding for a one-year implementation grant to support the work required to add an additional trial—Trial 9—to the current five trials we have already completed.

PW-253730-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of Wisconsin SystemHistory of Cartography Project7/1/2017 - 6/30/2019$315,000.00MatthewH.Edney   University of Wisconsin SystemMadisonWI53715-1218USA2017Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access155000160000155000160000

We request an implementation grant for July 2017-June 2019 through NEH's Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program and Common Good initiative to advance the final two volumes of The History of Cartography, a reference encyclopedia. Work planned includes careful review of the production of Volume 4 by the University of Chicago Press (for publication June 2019) and extensive editorial preparation of Volume 5 (for press submission February 2020). This award-winning series is the only comprehensive and reliable reference work 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 source materials. Experienced editors, contributors, and staff thoroughly research and rigorously check its content. The Press publishes print, e-book, and free online editions.

PW-253731-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesArizona Board of RegentsThe Afterlife of Film: Tribesourcing Southwestern Materials in the American Indian Film Gallery5/1/2017 - 4/30/2021$291,000.00JenniferLeiJenkins   Arizona Board of RegentsTucsonAZ85721-0073USA2017Interdisciplinary Studies, OtherHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access29100002910000

This three-year project seeks inclusive repurposing of mid-century films about native peoples of the Southwest. After digitally re-mastering 60 films in the American Indian Film Gallery (AIFG) collection, we will invite native people to re-narrate the films and provide descriptive metadata in indigenous languages and English.  These "tribesourced" MP3 audio files will provide culturally-competent counter-narratives to the films, balancing the historical record by shifting the emphasis in these mid-century films from external perceptions of native peoples to the voices, understandings, and reflections of the peoples represented in the films.  Positioning the AIFG as an interactive, multimedia, multiethnic, and polyvocal site demands culturally sensitive archiving, labeling, and use guidelines; using Traditional Knowledge Systems in concert with archival best practices; incorporating tribal information in finding aids and taxonomies; native language presence in the archive as a whole.

PW-253734-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesOmohundro Institute of Early American History and CultureThe Georgian Papers Programme: Transatlantic Access and Discovery Planning Stage5/1/2017 - 4/30/2018$40,000.00KarinA.Wulf   Omohundro Institute of Early American History and CultureWilliamsburgVA23187-8781USA2017History, GeneralHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access400000400000

A planning and pilot project to develop metadata standards and evaluate tools for enabling full-text online access to the papers of King George III and other members of the Georgian royal family, dating from 1713 to 1830.

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture (OI), in association with an international team of collaborators requests support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through a Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR) grant for planning and pilot work in preparation for comprehensive, robust online discovery of the Georgian Papers in the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle.  The Georgian Papers Programme (GPP), is a partnership between the Royal Collection Trust and King's College London, and is joined by primary United States partners the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the College of William & Mary.  In a long-range initiative the GPP will digitize and disseminate the Georgian Papers in overlapping stages of discovery, access and interpretation. This application is for support of the Transatlantic Access and Discovery Planning Stage of the project.

PW-253737-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of RochesterVoices of LGBT History in Rochester, New York5/1/2017 - 4/30/2018$48,872.00Jessica Lacher-Feldman   University of RochesterRochesterNY14627-0001USA2017History, OtherHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access48872048762.620

Collaborative planning for the preservation and digitization of the Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley’s collection of oral histories, radio programs, photographs, videotapes, newsletters, and corporate papers, as well as a pilot project to digitize 174 audio and video oral history interviews recorded for the Shoulders to Stand On documentary and 33 audio recordings of the Gay Liberation Front’s “Green Thursday” radio program.

The University of Rochester River Campus Libraries and the Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley plan a joint pilot using a subset of a cultural heritage historical collection related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights movement in Rochester, NY. Beginning with the "Shoulders To Stand On" oral histories and "Green Thursday" radio program, collaborators will conduct and evaluate pilot activities, such as transcribing, closed-captioning, and creating metadata for the material. The partnership offers a wealth of documentation on the Gay Movement's history, along with the technical/curatorial infrastructure to preserve and disseminate previously hidden archives. A strategic plan for the sustainable preservation and access of this rich collection in its entirety will result from the pilot, contributing to an inclusive history of the struggle for civil rights with hitherto undisclosed LGBT materials that will interest scholars, students, and the public.

PW-253751-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesSolomon R. Guggenheim FoundationGuggenheim Listening: A Reel to Reel Project5/1/2017 - 8/31/2018$85,168.00Chiyong Han   Solomon R. Guggenheim FoundationNew YorkNY10128-0173USA2017Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access851680851680

A project to digitize 400 audio recordings on reel-to-reel tapes made between 1952 and 1990 that feature artist interviews, panel discussions, poetry readings, and experimental music performances.

To support Guggenheim Listening: A Reel to Reel Project, to make 400 audio recordings made between 1952 and 1990 available to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's visitors and to the public.  Once the reels are digitized and made public, we estimate that over 29,000 people will listen to the recordings.

PW-253754-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesMuseum of the City of New York, Inc.Discovering the Yankee Doodle Boy: Digitization of the Edward B. Marks Music Company Collection on George M. Cohan5/1/2017 - 4/30/2021$129,467.00Lindsay Turley   Museum of the City of New York, Inc.New YorkNY10029-5221USA2017U.S. HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access12946701294670

The archival processing of the Edward B. Marks Music Company Collection, including 900 scripts, scores, and parts, as well as the digitization of up to 750 items, which would be made available through the Museum of the City of New York’s digital collections portal. The collection represents the largest group of materials on the American composer, songster, and musical theater figure George M. Cohan (1878­–1942).

The Museum of the City of New York seeks an implementation grant of $129,467 for a two-year, $259,816 project to improve stewardship of and increase public access to approximately 900 scripts, scores, and published sheet music that make up the Edward B. Marks Music Company Collection on George M. Cohan.

PW-253755-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of California, San FranciscoDigitizing and Providing Access to Historical AIDS Records7/1/2017 - 12/31/2019$315,000.00PolinaE.Ilieva   University of California, San FranciscoSan FranciscoCA94143-2203USA2017Public HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access31500003150000

The University of California, San Francisco, Library, collaborating with San Francisco Public Library and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society, will digitize 150,000 pages from 49 archival collections related to the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the Bay Area and make them widely accessible to the public on the Internet. These collections document the activities, in the mid-1980s, of hospitals, health-care providers, activists, and organizations whose response to AIDS helped establish the San Francisco model of compassionate AIDS care as the worldwide standard. The diverse materials in these collections were created during an important period in recent history that reached deeply into the life of the community. The digitized collections will be a valuable resource for the study of humanities-related issues in disciplines such as history, literature, medicine, jurisprudence, journalism, and sociology by scholars, students, and the public.

PW-253761-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesGo For Broke National Education CenterThe Segregated Japanese American Military Units of World War II: Access to Veteran Moving Image Oral Histories5/1/2017 - 9/30/2019$193,080.00LinhGavinDo   Go For Broke National Education CenterLos AngelesCA90012-3901USA2017U.S. HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access1930800193079.850

The digitization and free online accessibility of 800 video oral history interviews of veterans of Japanese American military units in World War II.

This is an 18-month project for digitization and segment level indexing of 800 moving image oral history interviews of Japanese American veterans who served in segregated units during World War II, while many had families imprisoned in War Relocation Authority incarceration camps. The broadcast-quality interviews, collected across the US beginning in 1998, capture the experiences of JA veterans who served throughout the European and Pacific Theaters. The videotapes will be digitized to archival standards at the University of Southern California Digital Repository. GFB has implemented a highly-searchable web-based digital platform that integrates University of Kentucky's Oral History Metadata Synchronizer and open source Omeka web publishing platform. Segment level indexing will allow researchers to search by topic and keyword and be connected to specific moments in an interview, thus eliminating research time sitting through playback to locate relevant video segments.

PW-253766-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesVirginia TechThe American Soldier Collaborative Digital Archive5/1/2017 - 4/30/2018$50,000.00EdwardJoseph KhairGitre   Virginia TechBlacksburgVA24061-2000USA2017U.S. HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access50000049846.20

A planning project to develop a digital archive of 60,000 survey forms containing personal observations and opinions of soldiers, produced during World War II, gathered by the U.S. War Department and used for the four-volume publication The American Soldier (1949-50).

Our project will make available to scholars and to the public a remarkable collection of written reflections on war and the armed forces by American soldiers who fought in the Second World War. During the conflict, the War Department's Research Branch surveyed approximately half a million service personnel. Respondents were asked about myriad topics, from the effectiveness of training to the preference of fabrics used in uniforms. Service personnel were also provided space to write frankly about their other concerns. Until now, only by visiting the National Archives could one read the 60,000-plus anonymous "free text" captured by the Branch. Virginia Tech and Cornell University will build an online digital archive that reunites the branches’ social scientific data and these free-text responses. We will also provide a tool that will allow students, scholars, and the public to transcribe and analyze digitized free-text responses, so as to render the text searchable and thus accessible.

PW-253771-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of PennsylvaniaCompleting the Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period7/1/2017 - 3/31/2021$260,000.00Grant Frame   University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaPA19104-6205USA2017Near and Middle Eastern LanguagesHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access26000002600000

RINAP, which began in July 2008, has already posted online and published four volumes from the period 744-669 BCE, and will have a fifth posted online and ready for the publisher around the beginning of the proposed grant period. Its aim for the two-year period 2017-19 is to make available online all of the extant sources for Assyria's last kings, publish a sixth volume, complete work on a seventh and final volume, as well as to broaden the scope of the project's web content, making it more accessible to the general public. This will complete the work of the RINAP project.

PW-253774-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesNew York Historical SocietyAccess to the Rare Book Collection at the New-York Historical Society: Phase One6/1/2017 - 5/31/2019$215,000.00MatthewJ.Murphy   New York Historical SocietyNew YorkNY10024-5152USA2017U.S. HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access21500002150000

The New-York Historical Society requests a grant of $350,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to catalog approximately 6,750 items in its Rare Book Collection dating from 1601 to 1800. This two-year project constitutes Phase One of a four-year effort to address the cataloging of items in the Rare Book Collection that are uncataloged, minimally cataloged, or in need of verification. Through precise and enhanced cataloging of the Rare Book Collection, researchers around the world will discover previously uncataloged rare books, be able to identify which editions, issues, and states the Library holds, access important copy-specific information, and connect from the Library's holdings of rare books to related collections of manuscripts, almanacs, newspapers, broadsides, and maps at the N-YHS and other libraries around the world. This substantial increase in intellectual access will inform ongoing research and inspire new research projects.

PW-253781-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesAmerican Numismatic SocietyHellenistic Royal Coinage5/1/2017 - 5/30/2020$262,000.00PeterGerrittvan Alfen   American Numismatic SocietyNew YorkNY10013-1917USA2017Classical HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access26200002620000

Implementing Hellenistic Royal Coinage (HRC) is a three-year project that aims to publish fully online, for the first time, a major reference collection of 21,311 coins produced under Alexander the Great, the Seleucids of Syria, and the Ptolemies of Egypt between c. 336 and 30 BCE, and to create an extensive, open access, online typology of these coinages interlinked with critical, digitized archival resources held at the American Numismatic Society.

PW-253793-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesNPRUnreeling History: Preserving and Providing Access to "All Things Considered," 1971-19835/1/2017 - 12/31/2019$315,000.00Laura Soto-Barra   NPRWashingtonDC20001-3740USA2017Media StudiesHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access31500003150000

The digital reformatting of nearly 6,000 hours of broadcast audio records of the National Public Radio’s news magazine program All Things Considered, 1971–83.

The National Public Radio, Inc., (NPR) Research, Archives & Data Strategy team (RAD) seeks a grant of $350,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize, preserve and provide public access to early All Things Considered radio broadcasts. All Things Considered was public radio’s first national program and featured the most important events, people and stories of its time. In 1972, the program made history when host Susan Stamberg became the first woman in America to anchor a national news broadcast. All Things Considered programming provides both the primary-source material and context to build a richer understanding of American history, culture, communications, sound studies, journalism and the cross-disciplinary studies of gender, race and class. By capturing the sounds and voices of the past, the program provides an immediate window into history.

PW-253795-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesAmerican Folk Art MuseumPlanning to Digitize and Create Broad Online Access to the Henry Darger Papers5/1/2017 - 5/31/2018$50,000.00Valerie Rousseau   American Folk Art MuseumLong Island CityNY11101-2409USA2017Arts, GeneralHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access500000500000

Planning for the preservation and digitization of 38 cubic feet of manuscripts, scrapbooks, and other materials from the papers of American folk artist Henry Darger (1892-1973).

The American Folk Art Museum is the home to the single largest public repository of works by Henry Darger (1892-1973), one of the most significant self-taught artists of the 20th century. The Darger Papers collection totals 38 cubic feet and includes his epic 15,145-page novel called "The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion", other manuscripts including his autobiography and journals, scrapbooks, and 12 cubic feet of source materials used by the artist to make hundreds of large-scale illustrations for the "Realms." The manuscripts have never been published and are fragile, making access difficult and necessitating minimal handling. The grant will be used to consult with copyright and technical specialists, determine which materials will be digitized, complete a conservation survey, convene a panel of Darger scholars, and consult with digital humanities experts.

PW-253797-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of Nebraska, LincolnWalt Whitman's Annotations1/1/2018 - 12/31/2019$126,301.00Matt Cohen   University of Nebraska, LincolnLincolnNE68503-2427USA2017American LiteratureHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access1263010120273.030

The addition of 1,400 new documents, updates to the database of Whitman’s reading, and creation of curated theme portals for the Walt Whitman Archive.

America's most famous poet, Walt Whitman, left behind an unusual and extraordinary collection of marginalia and annotations. This hitherto uncollected and largely unpublished set of extraordinarily diverse and sophisticated documents shows America's most famous poet in-the-making. With NEH support, we published 800 pages of these documents in 2015, and for the first time, by way of the freely accessible Walt Whitman Archive, students, scholars, and casual readers are now able to explore Whitman's self-education, through his reactions to the literature, history, science, theology, and art of his time. Having achieved our goals for that grant, we now apply for NEH funding to preserve and give free public electronic access to more of Walt Whitman's manuscript annotations. We apply for two years of implementation funding to publish 1400 more pages of documents, update our database of Whitman's reading, and create curated thematic subsections to draw more attention to the project.

PW-253799-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesArizona State UniversityDigital Archive of Huhugam Archaeology7/1/2017 - 6/30/2021$295,000.00Keith KintighChristopher NicholsonArizona State UniversityTempeAZ85281-3670USA2017ArchaeologyHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access29500002950000

The Digital Archive of Huhugam Archaeology will contain digital copies of 1600 major archaeological reports—with 400,000 pages—on the Huhugam (Hohokam) culture of Arizona, known for its enormous irrigation systems and large, sustainable towns. Coupled with new methods of text analysis, this comprehensive archive will transform scholars' ability to answer questions about Huhugam society and will provide crucial long-term data for comparative studies. It will give Indigenous communities access to a wealth of archaeological research on ancestral populations. The general public will obtain information about this fascinating ancient culture by directly accessing the digital archive. Archive development is guided by a crowd-sourced survey and workshops designed to understand the needs of diverse users. The archive will be curated by tDAR, an established digital repository that provides free Web discovery and access to its holdings and pursues a robust program of digital data preservation.

PW-253800-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyHistory from Chicago's Former Steel Mill Neighborhoods: Access to the Southeast Chicago Historical Museum Collection6/1/2017 - 5/31/2021$195,000.00ChristineJ.Walley   Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeMA02139-4307USA2017Cultural AnthropologyHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access19500001950000

Southeast Chicago, along with northwest Indiana, was once one of the largest concentrations of industry in the world. This former steel-making region was integral to key transformations in American history, including histories of immigration as well as labor struggles bound up with an emerging industrial economy. In the mid-1980s, the Southeast Chicago Historical Museum was founded as the regional steel industry was collapsing, and it became a central repository for area residents to collect and preserve artifacts relating to the industrial, social, cultural, and environmental history of this once economically vibrant region. The proposed project will implement detailed plans for digitizing, processing, and providing access to, a portion of this incredible wealth of materials, while also developing long-term preservation strategies. It will allow for the creation of an interactive website to make this collection accessible to scholars, residents, and the public.

PW-253801-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of Southern CaliforniaThe Pre-Stonewall LGBTQ Memory Project7/1/2017 - 6/30/2021$278,000.00JosephR.HawkinsLoniA.ShibuyamaUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesCA90089-0012USA2017Gender StudiesHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access2780000277759.430

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries will digitize for free online public access 87,200 pages of records from the Mattachine Society and ONE Inc. that reveal hidden facets of LGBTQ American life during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.

PW-253804-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of VirginiaA Federated Resource for Eastern Shore Heritage: A Project of the Eastern Shore Museum Network5/1/2017 - 12/31/2018$49,793.00SusanHolbrookPerdue   University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleVA22903-4833USA2017History, GeneralHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access49793047336.680

Planning for a federated resource that will link historical archives and artifact collections in 14 museums and historical societies on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Building on the existing Eastern Shore Museum Network, the applicant would assess the holdings of each institution, develop strategies to manage and create access to the holdings, and design a Website to integrate each of the humanities collections.

The primary objective of FRESH, the project proposed here, is to lay the groundwork for federated access to the collections of the members of the Eastern Shore Museum Network (ESMN), thus the project name, Federated Resource for Eastern Shore Heritage. We strongly believe that the work proposed here will establish the necessary groundwork for creating an internet-accessible resource to bring the rich history of the Eastern Shore of Virginia to the public, as well as, students and scholars. To establish this groundwork we will have three types of activities: 1. creation of a detailed assessment of the holdings of the ESMN institutions; 2. development of the intellectual control scheme for the holdings from the perspectives of both repository management and public access, and 3. the creation of the initial design of a public access interface providing themes that weave across institutions, yet present individual artifacts in the context of the holding institution.

PW-253826-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesHamilton CollegeThe American Prison Writing Archive7/1/2017 - 6/30/2021$262,000.00Doran Larson   Hamilton CollegeClintonNY13323-1295USA2017American StudiesHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access26200002620000

Cataloging and digitization of 1,200 original, non-fiction essays written by prisoners in the American criminal justice system.

We seek funding to support The American Prison Writing Archive (APWA), the largest and first fully searchable digital archive of first-person, non-fiction essays by incarcerated people and prison workers writing about their experience inside. Currently holding over 1,100 essays in its paper files, and gathering 1,200 more before and during the grant period, the APWA fills a yawning gap in the literature on a prison-jail system that holds 2.26 million Americans and affects millions of others. Based in first-person narratives, the APWA will re-open the prison to humanities scholars sidelined from prison studies in face of the sheer size of the U.S. prison system. It will build and maintain a national, collaborative archive serving scholarly and general audiences, and it will bring together faculty and students, library and technology specialists, and members of the larger community to develop the most innovative and sustainable digital features to serve all interested parties.

PW-253842-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesYiddish Book CenterYiddish Book Center Wexler Oral History Project5/1/2017 - 9/30/2020$270,000.00Christa Whitney   Yiddish Book CenterAmherstMA01002-3375USA2017Jewish StudiesHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access170000100000170000100000

The Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project seeks funding to enhance access to its growing digital collection of oral history interviews about Yiddish language and culture in the non-ultra-orthodox Jewish community. We propose a project with four components: 1) preparation of extant indices for public viewing; 2) standardization of metadata through creation of controlled vocabulary lists and compliance with an internationally accepted metadata schema (MODS or other); 3) transcription of all of our English-language interviews; and 4) integration of transcripts, indices, associated materials, and metadata into the public viewer experience on our website, utilizing the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) viewer.

PW-253848-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesNew York City Department of Records and Information ServicesNew York City Health Commissioner Records, 1929-1991, Processing Project7/1/2017 - 3/31/2019$107,215.00Sylvia Kollar   New York City Department of Records and Information ServicesNew YorkNY10007-1210USA2017U.S. HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access10721501072150

Folder-level processing and description of 831 cubic feet of records created by successive commissioners of the New York City Department of Health from 1929 through 1991.

The Municipal Archives requests Endowment support for an implementation project to process and describe a significant series of records, totaling approximately 831 cubic feet, created by successive Commissioners of the New York City Department of Health, from 1929 through 1991.  The significance of the collection derives from the pre-eminence of the City's Health Department as it defined the role and scope of public health services, not only locally, but for the entire nation.  Although the records are in good condition and the original order is intact, there is not a useful inventory or content description, and the original containers are acidic and damaging to the materials.  The purpose of this application will consist of processing the materials, creating a finding guide and identification of documents for future digitization in a second phase.  The proposed work plan specifies that all project activities will be performed in-house.  The project timetable is twelve months.

PW-253855-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPhiladelphia Museum of ArtBuilding a Duchamp Research Portal at the Philadelphia Museum of Art7/1/2017 - 6/30/2022$315,000.00Matthew Affron   Philadelphia Museum of ArtPhiladelphiaPA19101-7646USA2017Arts, GeneralHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access31500003150000

The Philadelphia Museum of Art respectfully requests a three-year $350,000 NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Implementation Grant to support the creation of an online research portal to provide access to digitized archival materials created by or related to Marcel Duchamp. The Duchamp Research Portal will unify the Museum's voluminous digitized holdings with those of our two partner institutions—the Association Marcel Duchamp and the Musée national d'art moderne Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris)—making the bulk of Duchamp's archival materials, consisting of approximately 60,516 documents, accessible and discoverable through a single interface built on Linked Open Data. The Portal will constitute a learning resource of incalculable value, one we anticipate will generate substantial new contributions to scholarship on the life and work of one of the twentieth century's most significant artists.

PW-253861-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesIthaka Harbors, Inc.Arabic-Language Digitization Planning5/1/2017 - 12/31/2018$50,000.00John Kiplinger   Ithaka Harbors, Inc.New YorkNY10006-1895USA2017Arabic LanguageHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access500000500000

A project to investigate digitization and OCR methods for Arabic-language print materials, in order to develop workflows and digitization guidelines for Arabic-language scholarly journals. As a prototype, the project will digitize issues of the journal Al-Abhath, a quarterly publication of the American University of Beirut.

JSTOR is seeking a Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Foundations grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support research on the high-quality digitization and digital preservation of Arabic-language scholarly journals. The proposed research will include the development of digitization and indexing guidelines for Arabic-language scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences, and the digitization of a small test run of Arabic-language scholarly journal issues. An important consideration in this process will be how to digitize Arabic-language texts with optical character recognition (OCR) of sufficient quality that the content can be made available for full-text searching and crawling by search engines—key prerequisites for making scholarly texts fully discoverable online. The final project deliverable will be a freely available white paper documenting the lessons learned from our investigation.

PW-253873-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesNorthwestern UniversityThe Digital Berkeley Folk Music Festival Collection5/1/2017 - 4/30/2020$297,000.00Carolyn Caizzi   Northwestern UniversityEvanstonIL60208-0001USA2017Cultural HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access2970000296996.680

The Digital Berkeley Folk Music Festival Collection is a project led by Northwestern University Libraries to digitize, describe, and provide free online access to over 36,000 photographs, documents, posters, audio recordings, film footage, and ephemera from the Berkeley Folk Music Festival, 1958-1970, for public and scholarly exploration, examination, and experimentation. A robust and exhaustive resource curated by the festival's founder and director, Barry Olivier, the Berkeley Folk Music Festival Collection provides insight into the 1960s folk music revival, high arts and vernacular culture, music festival operations and culture, workshop pedagogy, and activism. Beyond that, the digitization, description, and publication of this collection opens up possibilities of exploring a wide range of humanities themes in 1960s America: tradition and disruptive technology; performance and archiving of cultural heritage; modernity, commerce, and community; bohemianism; higher education history; and Cold War history and culture.

PW-253878-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesCountry Music Hall of Fame and MuseumAudio Tape Collection Preservation and Digitization Project5/1/2017 - 4/30/2021$150,999.00Brenda Colladay   Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumNashvilleTN37203-4206USA2017Music History and CriticismHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access15099901358820

The assessment and digitization of 4,500 hours of audio recordings that trace the history and development of country and American vernacular music.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (CMHFM) seeks support through the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program to assess the contents of its quarter-inch audio tape collection, and to digitize and make publicly accessible 4,500 hours of rare, fragile, and valuable recordings from this collection. This audio tape digitization project builds on the Museum's successful digitization of acetate transcription discs, complementing that collection with new commercial, demo, broadcast, and performance recordings that trace the history and evolution of country and American vernacular music. This pilot project will assess the full audio tape collection of 21,632 quarter-inch reels and digitize nearly 10% of the collection for preservation and public access. The project will also make a significant selection of previously-unavailable recordings accessible for humanities research through digital access and cataloging and finding aids.

PW-253887-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesDocumentary Educational Resources, Inc.Cinepedia Ethnographica: An Online Expert- and User-Generated Union Catalog for Ethnographic Film6/1/2017 - 7/31/2019$50,000.00Alice ApleyJenniferC.CoolDocumentary Educational Resources, Inc.WatertownMA02472-1640USA2017AnthropologyHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access500000498990

Planning for the development of a centralized online catalog for ethnographic and folklore films from around the world.  The project would result in a metadata schema, workflow for enhancing catalog records, and a governance structure to maintain a digital resource that would serve a wide audience of researchers, film archivists, teachers, students, and members of the public.

This is a proposal to conduct planning and development for the creation of Cinepedia Ethnographica, an expert and user-generated online resource for new and historical ethnographic and folklore films. The principal activities of this grant period are intended to demonstrate the feasibility of creating an open access, union catalog of ethnographic film and to develop a comprehensive, strategic plan for implementation in the next stage of the project. These activities include the development of a metadata schema specific to ethnographic film; workflows for importing, creating, and enhancing catalog records; a partnership strategy to ensure sustainability; and a governance structure and editorial policies for expansion and enhancement. The outcomes of this work lay the foundation for building a collaborative, union catalog that makes ethnographic and folklore films discoverable, searchable, and sharable in new ways and by new publics.

PW-253911-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPerforma, Inc.Preservation of Original Video and Audio Recordings5/7/2017 - 9/30/2018$50,000.00RoseLee Goldberg   Performa, Inc.New YorkNY10011-0028USA2017Art History and CriticismHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access500000500000

A project to plan for a Website that would provide access to Performa’s archive of performance-based art works representing over 700 artists, dating from 2004 to the present. The archive includes more than 500 hours of original video recordings, 500 hours of sound recordings, over 150,000 photographs, and physical and digital ephemera such as artist renderings and curatorial correspondence documenting the production and presentation of works in Performa Biennial Visual Arts Performances.

Funding is requested to help facilitate the discovery process, planning, and prototyping towards development of a website for the presentation of materials from Performa's archive. The archive has recently been acquired by New York University's Fales Library, who will begin the process of cataloging and digitizing the archive in Fall 2016, preserving all materials for posterity and making the archive available to researchers at the Fales. Planning is underway to make the archive available via an accessible interactive digital platform for broader audiences as well. Conceived of as a "living archive" the website will encourage research and critical dialogue on interdisciplinary performance practice, fulfilling a crucial aspect of Performa's mission of providing audiences with direct access to artists and providing the intellectual tools necessary to understand and critique performance-based art and thereby interpret the artistic and cultural shifts occurring in the world around us.

PW-253912-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesBoard of Trustees of the University of IllinoisThe Cybernetics Thought Collective: A History of Science and Technology Portal Project5/1/2017 - 4/30/2019$49,973.00ChristopherJ.PromMark SammonsBoard of Trustees of the University of IllinoisChampaignIL61801-3620USA2017History of ScienceHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access49973049954.130

A planning and pilot project to establish a collaborative digital archive for sources related to the cybernetics movement of the mid-late 20th century, derived from collections held by the American Philosophical Society, the British Library, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Archives, and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne Archives.

The proposed Foundations project seeks to build collaborative relationships between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, American Philosophical Society, British Library, and MIT Institute Archives & Special Collections, to digitize and enhance access to cybernetics archives, and to assess the potential of advanced machine-learning methods to enhance their access and use. Specific work undertaken will include (1) selective digitization of archival material that exposes research networks of communication and thought and idea exchange; (2) creation and remediation of metadata; (3) preservation and basic access through established systems; and (4) initial testing and assessment of annotation, entity extraction, and network analysis tools in a prototype platform. We believe these approaches can enhance access not only to cybernetics material, but any large corpus of unstructured textual documents, and NEH support will help us explore these nascent possibilities.

PW-258977-18Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of California, Santa BarbaraEBBA and the British Library: Making Popular Ballads of the Past more Present5/1/2018 - 9/30/2021$315,000.00Patricia Fumerton   University of California, Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraCA93106-0001USA2018British LiteratureHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access3150000230595.170

The continued development of the English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA) with the addition of 1,300 rare, pre-1701 printed ballads held at the British Library.  In addition, the project would catalog 905 tune titles and approximately 18,250 woodcut impressions, as well as enhance access to the existing ballad collection by providing faceted searching and other features to improve the user experience.

The Univ. of California-Santa Barbara requests critical funding to launch its penultimate, 7th phase of the English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA), significantly expanding the archive with 1,300 rare ballads from the British Library, many unique. As always, EBBA will provide high-quality color facsimiles, text transcriptions, deep cataloging in TEI/XML/MARC, recordings, and informative essays. In this phase, we will also enhance our interface with 1) configurable, faceted searches; 2) user controls and MEI encoding of tune recordings and their transcriptions; and 3) sophisticated human cataloging of the ballads' illustrative woodcuts, matched by our existing image-association software. Additionally, we will develop a new section to support K-12 and undergraduate pedagogy, with class plans and interactive tools. EBBA will in the process widen access to these crucial cultural artifacts so that scholars, students and the general public can engage with them as text, data, art, and song.

PW-258989-18Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesInstitute For Advanced Study - Louis Bamberger And Mrs. Felix Fuld FdnThe Zaydi Manuscript Tradition: A Digital Repository and Portal5/1/2018 - 4/30/2022$315,000.00Sabine Schmidtke   Institute For Advanced Study - Louis Bamberger And Mrs. Felix Fuld FdnPrincetonNJ08540-4952USA2018Intellectual HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access31500003150000

Digitization of 488 Zaydi manuscripts held in European libraries and preparation of 143 microfilm images of manuscripts held at the University of Texas, Austin, and 1,000 images of manuscripts from collections in Yemen, currently held by the Institute of Advanced Study, for uploading to the digital repository at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library. All 1,631 manuscripts, which range from the 9th to the 20th century, would be cataloged.

The literary tradition of the Zaydi community, a branch of Shi’i Islam that originated in Kufa and later developed in Northern Iran and Yemen, is among the richest and most variegated strands within Islamic civilization and one of the least studied due to issues of preservation and access. The most significant collections of Zaydi manuscripts are housed in Yemeni libraries, many of which have been damaged or destroyed over the course of the 20th century, and the continuing war constitutes an imminent threat. Only a fraction of collections, including those in Europe, North America, and the Middle East, have been preserved digitally and even fewer are freely accessible. The Zaydi Manuscript Tradition, an initiative of the Institute for Advanced Study and Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, aims to digitize and house the entire Zaydi manuscript culture in a single repository and provide comprehensive open access to its literary tradition for scholars, researchers, and educators worldwide.

PW-258991-18Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesWartburg CollegeImplementation Project: Archives of Iowa Broadcasting Creation of Online Media Library5/1/2018 - 4/30/2023$165,276.00Kay Grigsby   Wartburg CollegeWaverlyIA50677-2215USA2018American StudiesHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access16527601652760

Improved public access for the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting through the cataloging of 28,000 items and digitization of over 2,000 broadcast tapes from KWWL-TV, a flagship public news station in eastern Iowa. The collection documents the history and development of community radio and television in the state and includes oral histories, documents, photographs, and artifacts dating from 1922 to 2007.

The Archives of Iowa Broadcasting (AIB) contains oral histories, documents, photographs, promotional materials, artifacts and over 28,000 audiovisual recordings (1922-2007) that document the history and development of radio and television in Iowa. These represent a unique body of records all too often lost due to the ephemeral nature of original broadcasts and the degradation and obsolescence of the media carriers that captured them. This grant project would create an online media catalog of the more than 28,000 items in the AIB audiovisual collection. The grant would also involve digitization of 2,230 videotapes of broadcast footage from KWWL-TV, a flagship news station in eastern Iowa. Digitizing these materials will allow for their preservation.  The files will be made available online through the media catalog. Creating an online catalog of Iowa Broadcasting materials and beginning to digitize our fragile media holdings are essential to expanding future use of the AIB collection.

PW-258999-18Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesAmerican Foundation for the Blind Inc.Digitization and Metadata Creation for the Helen Keller Archive Press Clippings and Scrapbooks5/1/2018 - 10/31/2021$295,000.00HelenJ.Selsdon   American Foundation for the Blind Inc.ArlingtonVA22209-2281USA2018U.S. HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access29500002950000

The digitization of scrapbooks and news clippings, totaling 34,000 digital images, from the personal papers of Helen Keller, completing the comprehensive digitization and free online access of Keller’s archive, including for users with visual and hearing disabilities.

In 2015, the American Foundation for the Blind received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to digitize a large segment of Helen Keller’s archive and to create an online collection that is free of charge and fully accessible to blind, deaf, deafblind, sighted, and hearing audiences alike. The site currently includes over 72,000 images, and by the end of 2017 will include over 160,000. Because of limitations in funding, the press clippings and scrapbooks were omitted from the 2015 project. AFB now seeks to digitize and disseminate these remaining materials. Approximately 34,000 digital images will be created during this phase of the project. These are the most fragile and difficult items to handle and have been closed to researchers and the public. Details of Keller’s life that are undocumented in other parts of the archive can be found here. The collection is an untapped resource for women’s history, American culture, and Disability Studies in the 19th and 20th centuries.

PW-259002-18Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of Massachusetts, BostonDigitizing Plimoth Plantation’s 17th-Century Historical Archaeology Collections5/1/2018 - 10/31/2022$181,000.00Christa Beranek   University of Massachusetts, BostonBostonMA02125-3300USA2018ArchaeologyHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access18100001810000

Cataloging, digitization, and creation of access to the archaeological collections connected to the early colonists of Plimoth Plantation.  Focusing on historical artifacts from four key sites, the project would encompass field notes, plans, drawings, and photos associated with the excavations that took place between 1940 and 1972.  Materials would be made accessible for the public, teachers, students, and scholars via an online database and finding aids.

In the years since The Mayflower made her iconic voyage, American cultural identity and heritage have developed a complex mythology surrounding the ship and her passengers. The approaching 400th anniversary (1620-2020) of this voyage has generated renewed public and scholarly interest in this time period and the Pilgrims’ daily lives. This project will digitize Plimoth Plantation’s key 17th-century archaeological collections connected to these early colonists: the RM/Clark Garrison site (C-1), the Winslow site (C-2), the William Bradford II site (C-6), and the Allerton-Cushman site (C-21). When finished, the data will be made accessible via an online catalog and finding aids designed for both the public and scholarly communities. As a result, anyone with internet access will be able to explore and learn from the primary source archaeological record and gain a better understanding of the early colonists in Massachusetts who captured the national imagination.

PW-259003-18Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesWisconsin Library ServicesListening to War: Digitizing Wisconsin's Wartime Oral Histories5/1/2018 - 7/31/2020$135,000.00Emily Pfotenhauer   Wisconsin Library ServicesMadisonWI53715-1255USA2018U.S. HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access13500001350000

The digitization of 1,100 oral history interviews, comprising 1,299 hours of sound recordings and 330 hours of moving images, pertaining to Wisconsin's experience in wartime during the 20th century.

Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS) requests a grant of $147,534 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support a two-year initiative to digitize, preserve and provide access to more than 1,100 oral history interviews documenting the lives of Wisconsin veterans and civilians during wartime. The proposed project builds on a yearlong planning project conducted by the Recollection Wisconsin collaborative statewide digital program, supported by an NEH Foundations grant. The Foundations project identified a range of hidden, at-risk analog and born-digital audio and video formats held by 22 small and mid-sized libraries, archives, historical societies and museums across Wisconsin. As program manager for the Recollection Wisconsin consortium, WiLS will work with partners including UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, Wisconsin Historical Society, Wisconsin Public Radio and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum to extend the reach, visibility and useful life of these audiovisual recordings.

PW-259005-18Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc.Mapping the People of Early America5/1/2018 - 4/30/2023$185,176.00Claudio Saunt   University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc.AthensGA30602-1589USA2018U.S. HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access18517601851760

Completion of a database and Web platform mapping the settlement and movement of African, Native, and European populations in North America between 1500 and 1790.

The spread of Old World peoples across North America reshaped the continent and is a signal event in the making of the modern world, and yet we cannot picture the demographic revolution in any detail. Astoundingly, even after a century of professional scholarship on early America, the great transformation that remade the continent remains unmapped. Under the proposed grant, the Mapping the People of Early America Project intends to complete a population geodatabase representing early American peoples and to build a web platform that allows users to visualize and analyze the changing African, Native, and European populations in North America between 1500 and 1790. We expect that the data will become the base layer, literally and figuratively, for all future studies of early America, undertaken by humanists and environmental scientists alike. Scholars are sorely in need of this most essential of reference resources.

PW-259024-18Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesAmerican Antiquarian SocietyNorth American Imprints Program7/1/2018 - 3/31/2021$315,000.00AlanN.Degutis   American Antiquarian SocietyWorcesterMA01609-1634USA2018U.S. HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access31500003150000

The production and enhancement of cataloging data for 11,269 imprints published in North America before 1841, along with creation of links in catalog records to 17,796 digital reproductions of imprints available through online repositories and content providers.

This application seeks funding for support of the North American Imprints Program (NAIP). The North American Imprints Program’s overall objective is the creation of highly detailed cataloging data for United States imprints published from the beginning of American printing in 1639 through the centennial of American independence in 1876. We seek funds to continue work on the 1639-1840 segment of NAIP in several ways. With these funds we will: 1. Complete the work of enhancing 4,525 records descriptive of titles reproduced in the microform and digital Early American Imprints, Second Series, 1801-1819. 2. Significantly expand the scope of the 1820-40 segment of the NAIP file by integrating 5,544 records from the New-York Historical Society and the Library Company of Philadelphia. 3. Enhance to rare-book level 1,200 acquisition-level and brief-level records. 4. Augment the pre-1801 segment of the file by adding an estimated 17,796 links leading to digital images of the texts.

PW-259028-18Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesMuseum of the City of New York, Inc.Conservation and Digitization of the Museum of the City of New York’s Theatrical Broadsides5/1/2018 - 4/30/2021$143,804.00Lindsay Turley   Museum of the City of New York, Inc.New YorkNY10029-5221USA2018U.S. HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access14380401438040

The preservation and digitization of 700 early, one-sheet playbills from New York theaters from 1785 to the 1880s. The Museum of the City of New York would complete the conservation, description, and digitization of its Collection of Theatrical Broadsides, ensuring the survival of documents important for the study of early American performing arts.

This two-year project will improve stewardship of and increase public access to 700 early one-sheet playbills comprising the Collection of Theatrical Broadsides. In addition to providing a record of theatrical history, these items provide diverse scholarly perspectives on New York City, and hold value for scholars interested in cultural history, as well as evidentiary documentation of day-to-day life. Dating from 1785 through the 1880s, the Collection of Theatrical Broadsides is comprised of the earliest and most fragile group of materials in the Theater Collection. If successfully funded, this project would provide for the Museum to carry out conservation on half of the broadsides, digitize 95% of the items, and catalog and rehouse all 700 objects. Upon the project’s conclusion, the digitized broadsides will be publicly searchable and freely available via the Museum’s online Collections Portal—http://collections.mcny.org—and a descriptive finding aid will be posted online.

PW-259029-18Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesAmerican Congregational AssociationNew England's Hidden Histories: Providing Access to Founding Documents of American Democracy9/1/2018 - 8/31/2021$308,000.00JamesF.Cooper   American Congregational AssociationBostonMA02108-3704USA2018U.S. HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access30800003080000

The addition of at least 18,000 pages, finding aids, and select transcriptions to the New England’s Hidden Histories collection of early New England church records.

New England's Hidden Histories is a program, sponsored by the Congregational Library and Archives, to collect and display on its website all extant seventeenth- and eighteenth-century church records of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Maine as well as supporting ecclesiastical papers—diaries, synod records, sermons, etc. We propose to continue and expand ongoing efforts (funded by NEH in 2015) to create a minimum of 18,000 new digital scans over the course of three years, along with finding aids and other tools (including transcriptions). We intend to expand our geographic scope to regions, like Maine, that are historically under-documented, and to strategically extend partnerships with like-minded institutions that embrace our mission and are eager to do their part to move it forward.

PW-259034-18Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesArizona Board of RegentsImplementing a Consolidated Collections Information System7/1/2018 - 6/30/2023$298,000.00SuzanneL.Eckert   Arizona Board of RegentsTucsonAZ85721-0073USA2018AnthropologyHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access29800002980000

The continued development and completion of a single, searchable database for the Arizona State Museum’s ethnographic and archaeological collections, which document 13,000 years of cultural heritage in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.  At the completion of this phase, over 360,000 database entries would be made accessible online and linked to archival records of original excavation notes and reports.

Funding is requested to implement Phase Two of the Arizona State Museum Consolidated Collections Information System (ASM-CCIS), which is designed to ultimately migrate all ASM collection catalogs into a unified, online system. Phase Two focuses on the archaeology catalogs and will span two years with a request of $331,616 from NEH (total cost for Phase Two is $653,593). Once completed, ASMCCIS will include a single searchable database comprised of ASM’s ethnographic and archaeological collections that will be linked to our archival records of original excavation notes and reports. ASM-CCIS will be available online to students, researchers, tribal governments, and the general public resulting in greater access to ASM collections than ever before possible. This will be a major advancement in ASM’s stated mission to enhance understanding and appreciation of the cultural history of Arizona and the surrounding region.