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Organization name: university of mississippi medical center

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FE-24005-89Fellowships and Seminars: Travel to Collections, 11/85 - 2/95J. R. HallA Study of the Editing of Old English Literature6/1/1989 - 11/30/1989$750.00J.R.Hall   University of Mississippi Medical CenterJacksonMS39216-4505USA1989British LiteratureTravel to Collections, 11/85 - 2/95Fellowships and Seminars75007500

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PY-263758-19Preservation and Access: Common HeritageUniversity of Mississippi Medical CenterFinding Community: Documenting Descendants of Mississippi State Lunatic Asylum Patients in History and Cultural Memory1/1/2019 - 6/30/2020$11,993.00AmyWieseForbes   University of Mississippi Medical CenterJacksonMS39216-4505USA2018Cultural HistoryCommon HeritagePreservation and Access1199307781.770

Two community collection days to digitize materials and collect oral histories related to the Mississippi State Insane Asylum, which was located on the site of the University of Mississippi Medical College (UMMC) from 1855 to 1935.  After a University construction crew discovered coffins from the Asylum’s cemetery in 2012, many descendants contacted news sites and the university to request details and offer information.  The proposed events would seek to reach and unite the interested members of the descendant community and provide information about collective identity and history through family stories, historical context, and analysis.  History students from Jackson State University and Millsaps College would assist in collecting contextual information, and, with donor permission, digitized items would be made available via the UMMC library’s digital archive.

This project explores family and cultural memory of the Mississippi State Insane Asylum (1855 to 1935) descendant community by gathering, documenting and providing access to untold histories of family involvement with the Asylum and what that involvement has meant to descendants. It is significant to community members because it will preserve previously undocumented historical materials related to the Asylum, bring the Asylum descendant community together as co-authors of the Asylum’s history, collect evidence of the Asylum’s place in the community’s cultural memory, share information with the community about the Asylum’s history that is currently known, and educate the descendant community about the importance of preserving its past and how to do it. It includes 2 days of digitization, oral history, public exhibition of donated materials, preservation seminars, discussions of Asylum history, cultural memory and ethics, and descendant community input for future programs.

RZ-271273-20Research Programs: Collaborative ResearchUniversity of Mississippi Medical CenterAn Investigation of the Mississippi Lunatic Asylum as History and Memory10/1/2020 - 9/30/2024$249,836.00AmyWieseForbesPatrickD.HopkinsUniversity of Mississippi Medical CenterJacksonMS39216-4505USA2020Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralCollaborative ResearchResearch Programs24983602498360

Preparation of a digital archive and print anthology on the history of the Mississippi Lunatic Asylum (1855-1935) and its role in public memory. (36 months)

An interdisciplinary group of scholars at the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) seeks support from the NEH for a collaborative humanities study of the former site of the Mississippi State Lunatic Asylum, its patients, and descendant community in historical and social context, and in memory. The study follows from the 2014 discovery of 7,000 burials of Asylum patients beneath the UMMC campus, and extensive public call for information about the institutions. We argue that the Asylum’s place in professional and lay understandings of mental illness, social exclusion and silences in family genealogies, theories and practices of early modern healthcare, populations of public psychiatric institutions, and post-emancipation racial understanding has been understudied or unknown. We are thus requesting NEH funding to support research time and the costs of collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and disseminating information about the Asylum.