The National Endowment for the Humanities just funded 248 humanities projects. Here are a few that caught my eye:
David Head, Spring Hill College: “Wavering on a Tremendous Precipice: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the Continental Army Project.” A book-length study of George Washington’s Continental Army and the Newburgh Conspiracy of 1783 as a significant event in the formation of the new nation.
University of California, Santa Cruz (Project Director: Gregory O’Malley): “Final Passages: The Intra-American Slave Trade Database Project Description.” The addition of thousands of records of intra-American slave trafficking and a new “Final Passages” web interface into Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database.
University of Delaware (Project Director: Pier Foreman): “The Colored Conventions Project.” Enhancement of a website to document over 120 conventions organized by African-Americancommunities from the 1830s-1880s, including development of a reference database and fifteen interpretive exhibit
University of Florida Board of Trustees (Project Directors: Charles Cobb and Gifford Waters): “Cataloguing Franciscan Missions of La Florida Project.” The development of an online archive of archaeological materials from three Franciscan mission sites in Florida that document contact between Native Americans and Spanish colonists during the 17th and 18th centuries. The project would catalog and digitize 61,000 artifacts, making them and associated field records, site maps, and photographs publicly available
Jennifer Ladino, University of Idaho: “Affect and Environment at American Memory Sites Project.” Research for a book on the impact of affect and memory on national memorial sites and their landscapes.
New Orleans Kemper and Leila Williams Foundation (Project Director: Erin Greenwald): “Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865.” Implementation of a traveling exhibition with artifacts, a panel exhibition, an exhibition guide, and related public programs on the domestic slave trade from 1808 to 1865.
Historical Society of Pennsylvania (Project Director: Margery Sly): “In Her Own Right: Women Asserting their Civil Rights, 1820-1920.” A planning project to develop a digital collection of archival sources pertaining to women’s rights in the 19th to early 20th centuries and held by 11 Philadelphia-area repositories, and to digitize an initial set of 1,500 items and produce a prototype website.
Library Company of Philadelphia (Project Director: James Green): “Long-Term Research Fellowships at the Library Company of Philadelphia.” 14 months of stipend support (2-3 fellowships) per year for three years and a contribution to defray costs associated with the selection of fellows.
Jeffrey Forret, Lamar University: “Williams’ Gang: A Slave Trader, His Cargo, and Justice in the Old South.” To support a book-length study of slave trader William H. Williams and the legal questions related to slave trading.
George Mason University (Project Director: Sheila Brennan): “Mapping Early American Elections Project.” The geo-coding of records from 23,607 elections in the United States from 1787 to 1826, compiled for the resource “A New Nation Votes” (NNV), for use with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), along with the production of 84 interactive maps of national and state elections as well as tutorials and contextual essays to facilitate use.
Corporation for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest (Project Director: Wayne Gannaway): “Paths to Freedom, Paths to Happiness: Site-wide Interpretive Exhibits at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest.” Planning of interpretive media and visitor experiences at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest retreat.
Christopher Newport University (Project Director: Brent Cusher): “NEH Enduring Questions Course on Ambition.” The development and teaching of a new undergraduate elective in the Leadership Studies curriculum on the nature of ambition.
Michael Woods, Marshall University Research Corporation: ” Arguing until Doomsday: Stephen Douglas, Jefferson Davis, and the Struggle for American Democracy.” A book-length study of the disagreements between Senators Stephen Douglas and Jefferson Davis that led to pre-Civil War division in the Democratic Party.