The Papers of Martin Van Buren at Cumberland University just received a $198,000 grant from the Waston-Brown Foundation. You may recall that in June this relatively new presidential papers project received a $60,752 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions. Congratulations!
Here is a taste of the press release:
Cumberland University’s Papers of Martin Van Buren (PMVB) project recently received a grant of $198,000 from the Watson-Brown Foundation.
The PMVB project is a joint digital and print project directed by Dr. Mark Cheathem, professor of history at Cumberland University. The project will make accessible approximately 13,000 documents belonging to the eighth president via the vanburenpapers.org website and a print edition of Van Buren’s most important political documents.
While the grant will provide funding to hire an assistant editor and an associate editor, a significant percentage of the grant will also fund student scholarships, increasing the number of students involved in the project. From the project’s beginning, students have been the primary transcribers of the often difficult-to-decipher nineteenth-century handwriting.
“Through its funding of additional full-time staff and student workers, this gift will greatly increase the speed at which we can make Van Buren’s nationally significant papers accessible to the public,” Cheathem said. “Using the Watson-Brown Foundation gift to make scholarships available to students who want to work on the project is another indication of Cumberland University’s commitment to providing its students with a contemporary liberal arts education.”