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Electronic Text Center will share $1.5 million gift with Monticello

Staff Report

Two recent grants will boost the Electronic Text Center's efforts to offer important scholarly and historic works online.

Jeffrey C. Walker, a U.Va. graduate who sits on the Board of Trustees of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Inc., has made a gift of $1.5 million to boost the level of information technology used at Monticello and U.Va.'s E-text Center. The nonprofit foundation owns and operates Monticello.

A $250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will enable the University Library and the University of Trier, Germany, to post on the Internet some 100 medieval German texts and several related dictionaries that will help scholars trace the history of German literature and language.

Walker's gift of $500,00 will help the University meet a National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grant, which will allow the University Library to create a $1 million endowment for the E-text Center.

Income from the Jeffrey C. Walker Fund for Technology in the Humanities will provide quick-response digitizing for faculty and library projects (including work on the papers of Thomas Jefferson and other early American documents), train and support graduate students and keep computer hardware and software up-to-date.

At Monticello, $1 million of Walker's gift will endow the Walker Fund for Technology, which will upgrade computer hardware and software to make operations more efficient and open up new avenues for scholarship and research.

Monticello and U.Va. have a long history of cooperation, especially on programs and projects relating to Jefferson. The International Center for Jefferson Studies, located on the Kenwood estate adjacent to Monticello, is co-sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and U.Va., and the two institutions jointly conduct a number of lectures, classes, seminars, workshops and other activities each year.

The grant for the E-text Center's international collaboration with the University of Trier will support the creation of a Web archive called "Middle High German Interlinked." The two universities will digitize works from the period of Middle High German, the predecessor of modern German. That period, from about the 12th through the 14th centuries, includes noted chivalric poetry, songs and epics.

"This collaboration between U.Va. and the University of Trier will demonstrate the possibilities and advantages of international cooperation for the integration and Web delivery of complex literary and linguistic electronic files," said David Seaman, director of the E-text Center.

See the center's Web site at http://etext.lib.virginia.edu


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