In its 50th anniversary year, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced $79 million in grants for 290 humanities projects and programs across the United States. The grants will be awarded in 14 humanities fields or areas and also include $42.8 million in annual operating support for the national network of state and local humanities councils.
Awards in several grant categories that are of special interest to the library/archives community:
- 15 grants totaling $3,245,000 in “Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations Planning and Implementation” category.
- 14 grants totaling $3,201,204 in “National Digital Newspaper Program” category.
- 20 grants totaling $5,095,576 in “Scholarly Editions and Translations” category.
- 14 grants totaling $1,935,014 in “Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections in Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections” category.
The grants will support a wide range of efforts in the humanities. For example, Bowdoin College professor Matthew Klingle is one of 30 grantees in the Public Scholar program. Klingle will receive funding in support of scholarly research for “Sweet Blood,” a forthcoming book geared to a general audience about the history of diabetes from the late 19th century to the present.
In Hawaii, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum – which with 25 million objects in its holdings is one the largest resources for ethnological and biological studies about Hawaii and the Pacific Islands – received a grant to plan for improved environmental storage conditions of a collection of more than one million archaeological artifacts. And in Washington, DC, Women in Film & Video received a development grant for a forthcoming documentary about contributions of African-American diplomats during the Cold War.
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