The National Endowment for the Humanities announced $33 million in grants for 173 humanities projects. Special congratulations to the Mid-Atlantic recipeients:
District of Columbia:
Folger Shakespeare Library Outright: $195,000 [Institutes for School Teachers]
Project Director: Robert Young
Project Title: Folger Shakespeare Library’s Teaching Shakespeare 2014 Institute Project Description: A four-week institute for twenty-five school teachers on William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet, to be held at the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Folger Shakespeare Library Outright: $65,000 [Collaborative Research]
Project Director: Kathleen Lynch
Project Title: Shakespeare and the Problem of Biography: A Conference
Project Description: An international conference on the topic of playwright William Shakespeare and literary biography, as well as associated video podcasts and a volume of essays. (12 months)
George Washington University Outright: $125,000 [Scholarly Editions]
Project Director: Charlene Bickford
Project Title: The Documentary History of the First Federal Congress, 1789-1791: Correspondence: Third Session and Addenda (vols. 21 & 22)
Project Description: Preparation for publication of volumes 21 and 22 of the papers of the first Federal Congress (1789-1791) and closing the project’s work. (18 months)
George Washington University Outright: $100,185 [Seminars for College Teachers]
Project Director: Dina Khoury
Project Title: Imaginings of Citizenship, Belonging and Difference in the Late Ottoman and Russian Empires
Project Description: A three-week seminar for sixteen college and university teachers to explore comparative dimensions of citizenship and related issues in the late Ottoman and Russian empires.
George Washington University Outright: $225,000 [Scholarly Editions] Matching: $50,000
Project Director: Christopher Brick
Project Title: The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project
Project Description: Preparation for publication of three volumes (3, 4, and 5) of the papers of first lady Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962). (36 months)
Georgetown University Outright: $127,422 [Seminars for College Teachers]
Project Director: Mustafa Aksakal
Project Title: World War I in the Middle East
Project Description: A four-week college and university faculty summer seminar for sixteen participants to study World War I in the Middle East.
Loyola College in Maryland Outright: $200,000 [Scholarly Editions] Project Director: Leslie Morgan
Project Title: Edition and Translation of Huon d’Auvergne, Pre-Modern Franco-Italian Epic
Project Description: Preparation for publication of a digital edition and modern English translation of the Franco-Italian epic, Huon d’Auvergne, drawing on three manuscripts and one fragment dating from 1341 to 1441. (36 months)
Baltimore Museum of Art Outright: $150,000 [America’s Historical & Cultural Organizations Implementation] Matching: $125,000
Project Director: Kathryn Gunsch
Project Title: Engaging New Installation of African Art at The Baltimore Museum of Art
Project Description: Implementation of the reinstallation of the African art collection and related digital interpretive tools.
University of Maryland, College Park Outright: $249,302 [Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities] Project Director: Jennifer Guiliano
Project Title: Building an Accessible Future for the Humanities
Project Description: A series of four two-day workshops to be held at Northeastern University, Emory University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the University of Texas, Austin, on theoretical and practical approaches for making digital humanities scholarship accessible to blind, low-vision, deaf, and hard-of-hearing users. An online guide of best practices with examples of humanities projects would be produced as a part of these workshops.
London Town Foundation, Inc. Outright: $177,814 [Landmarks of American History] Project Director: Lisa Robbins
Project Title: Secret Culture: Public Lives: Slavery in the Colonial Chesapeake
Project Description: Two one-week Landmarks workshops for eighty school teachers on the development of slavery in the Chesapeake Bay region during the eighteenth century.
Rutgers University, New Brunswick Outright: $250,000 Matching: $100,000 [Scholarly Editions] Project Director: Paul Israel
Project Title: The Papers of Thomas A. Edison
Project Description: Preparation for publication of two volumes (completing volume 8 and beginning volume 9) of the papers of inventor Thomas Edison (1847-1931), covering the period 1885-1889. (36 months)
Community College Humanities Association Outright: $189,935 [Institutes for College and University Teachers] Project Director: George Scheper
Project Title: “Graphic Novels” of Ancient America: Pictorial Histories and Myth-Histories of the Mixtecs and Aztecs
Project Description: A four-week institute for twenty-four college and university faculty to study Pre-Columbian and Early Colonial pictorial manuscripts authored by indigenous peoples of central Mexico and Puebla between 1100 and 1600 C.E.
SUNY Research Foundation, Brockport Outright: $157,090 [Landmarks of American History] Project Director: Jose Torre
Project Title: The Rochester Reform Trail: Women’s Rights, Religion, and Abolition on the Genesee River and the Erie Canal
Project Description: Two one-week Landmarks workshops for eighty school teachers to examine Rochester’s central role in nineteenth-century American reform history.
World Music Productions Outright: $180,000 [America’s Media Makers Production] Project Director: W. Sean Barlow Project Title: Afropop Worldwide’s Hip Deep series
Project Description: Production of ten new radio episodes, substantive updates of five existing Afropop Worldwide “Hip Deep” programs exploring contemporary African music, education materials, and an outreach and evaluation campaign.
City Lore: NY Center for Urban Folk Culture Outright: $171,250 [Institutes for School Teachers] Project Director: Amanda Dargan
Project Title: Understanding Muslim Cultures through the Arts: Exploring the Written, Spoken, Sung, and Illuminated Word
Project Description: A two-week institute for thirty school teachers on Islamic poetry.
New York University Outright: $175,000 [Scholarly Editions]
Project Director: Robert McChesney
Project Title: The History of Modern Afghanistan (1896-1919): The Translation of Volume Four of Siraj-al-tawarikh (The Lamp of Histories)
Project Description: Preparation for publication of a translation of the fourth and final volume of a history of modern Afghanistan. (24 months)
CUNY Research Foundation, Graduate School and University CenterOutright: $200,000 [Institutes for College and University Teachers]
Project Director: Donna Thompson Ray
Project Title: The Visual Culture of the American Civil War
Project Description: A two-week summer institute for thirty college and university faculty on the visual culture of the Civil War.
New York Public Library Outright: $325,000 [Digital Humanities Implementation Grants]
Project Director: Benjamin Vershbow
Project Title: Scribe: Turning Text into Structured Information through the Power of the Crowd
Project Description: Further development of Scribe, an open-source, extensible software platform for crowdsourced transcription of cultural heritage collections, including tools for transcription management, quality control, and data sharing.
City Lore: NY Center for Urban Folk Culture Outright: $40,000 [America’s Media Makers Development]
Project Director: Lisa Ades
Project Title: Fighting on Two Fronts: Jewish American Soldiers in World War II
Project Description: The development of a 90-minute documentary film that tells the story of the 500,000 Jewish American men and women who fought in World War II.
City Lore: NY Center for Urban Folk Culture Outright: $500,000 [America’s Media Makers Production]
Project Director: Ric Burns
Project Title: Chinese Exclusion
Project Description: Production of a two-hour documentary film examining the decades-long struggles and triumphs of Chinese immigrants in America in the period leading up to and following the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act.
Children’s Museum of Manhattan Outright: $300,000 [America’s Historical & Cultural Organizations Implementation]
Project Director: Andrew Ackerman
Project Title: Muslim Cultures
Project Description: A museum exhibition and related public programs exploring how cultural traditions, faith, and history have shaped the lives of Muslims in the United States and internationally.
New-York Historical Society Outright: $132,273 [Institutes for School Teachers]
Project Director: Mia Nagawiecki
Project Title: “Race and Politics in the American Civil War” Institute for School Teachers
Project Description: A two-week summer institute for thirty school teachers on the political context of the Civil War and the centrality of racial issues during the conflict.
Jewish Museum Outright: $40,000 [America’s Historical & Cultural Organizations Planning]
Project Director: Maurice Berger
Project Title: Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television
Project Description: Planning for a traveling exhibition, a catalog, a website and programs about the influence of avant-garde art on the development of network television from the early 1940s through the mid 1960s.
Independent Filmworks, Inc. Outright: $40,000 [America’s Media Makers Development]
Project Director: Tina DiFeliciantonio
Project Title: Seeking Refuge
Project Description: Development of an 87-minute documentary presenting the stories of four torture victims as they work towards healing and recovery.
Columbia University Outright: $166,518 [Institutes for College and University Teachers]
Project Director: Alan Timberlake
Project Title: America’s East Central European Immigrants & Refugees: Migration & Memory
Project Description: A three-week summer institute for twenty-five college and university faculty on twentieth-century immigration to the United States from East Central Europe.
Columbia University Outright: $175,000 [Scholarly Editions] Project Director: Michael Ryan Project Title: The Selected Papers of John Jay, First Chief Justice of the United States Project Description: Preparation for publication of volumes 4 (1785-1788), 5 (1789-1795), and 6 (1795-1829) of the papers of John Jay (1745-1829), a member of the Continental Congress, first Chief Justice of the United States, and governor of New York. (36 months)
Dance Theatre of Harlem, Inc. Outright: $49,000 [Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections]
Project Director: Judy Tyrus
Project Title: Dance Theatre of Harlem Planning Grant for DTH Archival Preservation Plan
Project Description: The commissioning and delivery of a comprehensive preservation plan that will assess and identify cost-effective, energy-efficient solutions for the optimal preservation environment and conditions for on-site archival materials in the Everett Center for the Performing Arts, which holds the Dance Theatre of Harlem’s collections on the history of modern dance in the United States. An additional $9,000 will support upgrades to the current Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system and to the lighting.
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Outright: $575,400 [Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects] Project Director: Susan Saidenberg
Project Title: Supplement to “The Long Road: America’s Civil Rights Story”
Interfaith Center of New York Outright: $160,121 [Institutes for School Teachers]
Project Director: Henry Goldschmidt
Project Title: Religious Worlds of New York: Teaching the Everyday Life of American Religious Diversity
Project Description: A three-week summer institute for twenty-five middle and high school teachers on the religious diversity of America, exemplified in six religious traditions.
Women Make Movies, Inc. Outright: $40,000 [America’s Media Makers Development]
Project Director: Melissa Haizlip
Project Title: Mr. SOUL! Ellis Haizlip and the Birth of Black Power TV
Project Description: Development of a 90-minute television documentary, an interactive website, a book, and secondary and post-secondary curriculum about the first national television showcase of black culture and its creator, Ellis Haizlip.
American Academy in Rome Outright: $131,263 [Seminars for College Teachers]
Project Director: Maureen Miller
Project Title: Reform and Renewal in Medieval Rome
Project Description: A five-week seminar for sixteen college and university faculty to investigate social transformation in medieval Rome.
Marist College Outright: $174,880 [Institutes for College and University Teachers] Project Director: Ann Davis
Project Title: The Meanings of Property
Project Description: A four-week institute for twenty-five college and university faculty to explore the changing definitions of property as a principle of social organization.
Vassar College Outright: $200,000 [Scholarly Editions]
Project Director: Dorothy Kim
Project Title: An Archive of Early Middle English
Project Description: Preparation for electronic publication of two Early Middle English manuscripts (c. 1100 – 1350) and the beginning of work on an electronic edition of a third manuscript. (36 months)
Rochester Museum and Science Center Outright: $50,000 [Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections] Project Director: Kathryn Murano
Project Title: Developing Intentional Collections Storage
Project Description: A planning grant to develop sustainable and efficient storage in a basement storage area for a portion of the museum’s 1.2 million objects documenting Western New York’s historical, natural, cultural, and technological heritage.
George Eastman House Outright: $50,000 [Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections]
Project Director: Ralph Wiegandt
Project Title: Comprehensive Environmental Assessment
Project Description: A comprehensive environmental assessment of the George Eastman House, which contains materials related to the history and technology of still and moving images. The museum would develop a plan to improve care of its collections in environmentally and economically sustainable ways. The applicant requests an additional $10,000 to implement recommendations made by the project team.
Skidmore College Outright: $185,000 [Collaborative Research] Project Director: Heather Hurst
Project Title: Assembling the Mayan Mural Fragments from San Bartolo, Guatemala
Project Description: The reassembly, interpretation, and dissemination of early Mayan murals discovered among the first-century construction rubble at the Ixim temple at San Bartolo, Guatemala. (30 months)
St. Bonaventure University Outright: $1,000 [NEH on the Road] Project Director: Evelyn Penman
Project Title: NEH on the Road: House and Home
Project Description: Ancillary public humanities programs to accompany NEH on the Road: House and Home traveling exhibition.
Fort Ticonderoga Outright: $173,180 [Landmarks of American History] Project Director: Richard Strum
Project Title: The American Revolution on the Northern Frontier: Fort Ticonderoga and the Road to Saratoga
Project Description: Two one-week Landmarks workshops for eighty school teachers focused on Fort Ticonderoga as a critical outpost in the northern frontier during the early years of the Revolution.
Westchester Community College Outright: $200,000 [Collaborative Research] Project Director: Richard Courage
Project Title: Social Origins of Chicago’s New Negro Artists and Intellectuals, 1890-1930
Project Description: Research leading to the creation of an online digital archive, an edited collection of essays, and public presentations on African American intellectuals in Chicago, 1890-1930. (36 months)
Moravian College Outright: $181,918 [Institutes for School Teachers] Project Director: Hilde Binford
Project Title: Johann Sebastian Bach: Music of the Baroque and Enlightenment
Project Description: A four-week institute for twenty-five school teachers, to be held in Germany, on the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, within the context of the Baroque and Enlightenment eras.
Lafayette College Outright: $205,000 [Scholarly Editions] Matching: $50,000
Project Director: Suzanne Westfall
Project Title: Records of Early English Drama: Publication of Collections in Monograph and Digital Platforms
Project Description: Editing and preparation for publication in the Records of Early English Drama of three to four volumes for Civic London to 1558; preparation for electronic publication of the records of the counties of Staffordshire and Salisbury. (24 months)
Gettysburg College Outright: $169,341 [Landmarks of American History] Project Director: Dave Powell
Project Title: On Hallowed Ground-Lessons from Gettysburg
Project Description: Two one-week Landmarks workshops for eighty school teachers on the Battle of Gettysburg and its legacy.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Outright: $158,605 [Scholarly Editions] Project Director: Adrian Wisnicki
Project Title: Explorer David Livingstone’s 1870 Field Diary and Select 1871 Letters: A Multispectral Critical Edition
Project Description: Preparation for publication of on online critical edition of the 1870 Field Diary and select letters of David Livingstone (1813 – 73), the Scottish writer, abolitionist, missionary and explorer of Africa. (24 months)
Philadelphia Museum of Art Outright: $450,000 [America’s Historical & Cultural Organizations Implementation] Project Director: Hyunsoo Woo
Project Title: Art of the Joseon Dynasty: Treasures from the National Museum of Korea
Project Description: Implementation of a traveling exhibition, a catalog, a website, and public programs on the art of Korea’s Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Outright: $40,000 [Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections]
Project Director: Harry Philbrick
Project Title: Collections and Archives Storage Improvements Planning Project
Project Description: A planning grant to assess the environmental conditions for a collection of 12,000 works of American art spanning more than 250 years.
National Museum of American Jewish History Outright: $300,000 [America’s Historical & Cultural Organizations Implementation]
Project Director: Josh Perelman
Project Title: Chasing Dreams
Project Description: Implementation of an artifact-based traveling exhibition, a smaller panel version to be displayed in baseball parks, a catalogue, a website, and related public programs.
Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus Outright: $290,000 [Scholarly Editions] Project Director: Sandra Petrulionis
Project Title: The Almanacks of Mary Moody Emerson: A Scholarly Digital Edition
Project Description: Preparation for digital publication of the final thirty-six folders of the Almanacks of Mary Moody Emerson (1774-1863), American scholar and aunt of Ralph Waldo Emerson. (36 months)
A complete state-by-state list of grants is available at:
Grants were awarded in the following categories:
America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning and Implementation Grants support museum exhibitions, library-based projects, interpretation of historic places or areas, websites, and other project formats that excite and inform thoughtful reflection upon culture, identity, and history.
America’s Media Makers: Development and Production Grants support media projects, including radio, television, and digital technology projects that explore significant events, figures, or developments in the humanities. Development grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare programs for production; production grants support the preparation of a project for presentation to the public.
Collaborative Research Grants support original research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars or research coordinated by an individual scholar that adds significantly to humanities knowledge or uses the perspectives of the humanities to enhance understanding of science, technology, medicine, and the social sciences.
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants support the implementation of innovative digital humanities projects that have successfully completed a start-up phase and demonstrated their value to the field.
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities Grants provide scholars and advanced graduate students with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of advanced technology tools and methodologies relevant to the humanities and to increase the number of humanities scholars using digital technology in their research.
Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers support a series of one-week workshops for K-12 educators that address central themes and topics in American history, government, literature, art history, and other humanities fields related to historic landmarks.
National Digital Newspaper Program Grants support the creation of a national, digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1836 and 1922, from all states and U.S. territories.
NEH On the Road Grants help small sites defray the cost of hosting an NEH traveling exhibition.
Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants enable the preparation of editions and translations of significant literary, philosophical, and historical texts and documents that are currently inaccessible or available in inadequate editions.
Summer Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers Grants support intensive two- to six- week projects in which fifteen to twenty-five college and university faculty members, working with scholarly experts, engage in collegial study of significant texts and topics in the humanities.
Summer Seminars and Institutes for School Teachers Grants support intensive two- to six-week projects in which fifteen to thirty school teachers, working with scholarly experts, engage in collegial study of significant texts and topics in the humanities.
Special Initiative: Challenge Grants for Two-year Colleges enable two-year colleges to strengthen their long-term humanities programs and resources and develop curriculum and financial support models that enhance the role of the humanities on community college campuses.
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Grants help cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting preventative conservation measures to prolong the useful life of collections.