archive projects receive $1 million from NEH
Six U.Va. projects, most having to
do with digital preservation of historic archives, received just
over $1 million in funding from the National Endowment for the
Humanities spring round of grants, the NEH announced this month.
University's total of $1.01 million was second only to $1.3 million
awarded to Columbia University. In all, the NEH doled out $30.5
million to 295 applicants in the second of its three funding rounds
for the 2000 fiscal year.
spring grants included $18.8 million in preservation and access
grants. All five of U.Va.'s major awards came in that area.
University Library, representing the Virtual Library of Virginia,
received $250,000 for its Virginia Heritage Project, a database
of primary source materials held by major academic and research
libraries in Virginia. The database includes thousands of "Encoded
Archival Description" finding aids for searching the electronic
collection, which is freely available via the Internet.
Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities received $233,824
to complete an electronic archive of the works of British poet
and artist William Blake, which includes material from both British
and U.S. repositories.
F. Germano, an associate professor of religious studies, received
$225,479 to further develop an online, descriptive catalog of
"The Collected Tantras of the Ancients," Tibetan and
Indian Buddhist texts originating between the eighth and 15th
studies professor Benjamin C. Ray received $100,000, plus up to
$50,000 more if matched by the University, to continue his work
transcribing and archiving documents from the Salem Witch Trials.
professor Hoyt N. Duggan also received $100,000 and a $50,000
challenge grant for his electronic archival work on "Piers
Plowman" (profiled in the April 7 edition of Inside UVA).
The international project seeks to reconcile the 56 surviving,
and slightly varying, medieval copies of William Langland's religious
addition, English professor David L. Vander Muelen received a
$4,000 summer stipend to continue working on a book dealing with
the publishing history of Alexander Pope's An Essay on Man.