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Keywords: New England’s Hidden Histories (ALL of these words -- matching substrings)

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PW-228188-15Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesAmerican Congregational AssociationNew England's Hidden Histories: Providing Public Access to the Records of America's First Founders9/1/2015 - 11/30/2018$300,000.00MargaretL.Bendroth   American Congregational AssociationBostonMA02108-3704USA2015U.S. HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access30000003000000

Creation of an online, searchable database of 18,000 pages of digitized Congregational Church documents and selected transcriptions from colonial times and the early American republic.

New England’s Hidden Histories is a program aimed at providing wide access to some of the most important early American documents, the records maintained by nearly every local church during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The project, which serves both scholars and the general public, is administered by the non-profit Congregational Library in Boston, a historic, 150-year-old institution with a distinguished record of preserving historic records and providing public access to them. This proposal concerns records in the Library's collection, roughly half of which are newly obtained from local churches and never before accessible to researchers. The digital images, with transcriptions, will be available free of charge on the Library's website.

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-277535-21Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesAmerican Congregational AssociationNew England's Hidden Histories: Providing Access to Founding Documents of American Democracy9/1/2021 - 8/31/2024$289,300.00Tricia Peone   American Congregational AssociationBostonMA02108-3704USA2021U.S. HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access28930002893000

Digitization of approximately 18,000 pages of early American church records and associated documents from five institutions in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, as well as the development of transcription technologies and workflows.

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 and 2018) 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.

RA-254161-17Research Programs: Fellowship Programs at Independent Research InstitutionsNewberry LibraryLong-Term Research Fellowships at the Newberry Library1/1/2018 - 6/30/2021$477,732.00Keelin Burke   Newberry LibraryChicagoIL60610-3305USA2017History, GeneralFellowship Programs at Independent Research InstitutionsResearch Programs326532151200326532151200

48 months of stipend support (4-12 fellowships) per year for three years and a contribution to defray costs associated with the selection of fellows.

Grants from the NEH’s Fellowship Program at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI) have generously allowed the Newberry Library to invite outstanding scholars to pursue ground-breaking research using our extensive collections. A FPIRI grant and additional matching funds would allow the Newberry to begin to address high demand for scholarly use of our collections, enrich humanistic inquiry, and benefit the institution long after fellowship residencies. (edited by NEH staff)