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Grants Support 43 Projects in Humanities Research, Scholarly Editions

Sixteen designated as We the People projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 14, 2005)--The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced 43 new research grants to universities, colleges, and scholarly organizations, including 22 for collaborative research and 21 for scholarly editions. Three collaborative research projects and 13 scholarly editions were named We the People projects, a special recognition by the NEH for model projects that advance the study, teaching, and understanding of American history and culture.

"Research provides the bedrock of scholarship in history, literature, philosophy, and other humanities disciplines," said NEH Chairman Bruce Cole. "These research projects and scholarly editions will make significant contributions to knowledge in their respective fields and provide a wealth of resources for current and future scholars."

The Endowment has long supported large, complex, multi-year research projects. The new grants for 22 collaborative research projects include archaeological field work and translations of humanities texts into English. Projects in archaeology include those at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, Natchitoches; the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.; the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; the University of North Carolina, Greensboro; Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.; and Virginia's Sweet Briar College.

Translation projects include ones at Tulane University, New Orleans, La.; Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.; the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; the University of California, Los Angeles; and Michigan State University, East Lansing.

The 21 grants for scholarly editions support the collection, publication, or digitization of papers of major historic and literary figures. We the People projects will include work on the papers of Benjamin Franklin (Yale University, New Haven, Conn.), James Madison (University of Virginia, Charlottesville), John Winthrop and John Adams (Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston), Ulysses S. Grant (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale), Henry David Thoreau (Northern Illinois University, DeKalb), Thomas A. Edison (Rutgers University, Piscataway, N.J.), Jefferson Davis (Rice University, Houston, Texas), Samuel Gompers (University of Maryland, College Park), Ernest Hemingway (Pennsylvania State University, University Park) and Eleanor Roosevelt (George Washington University, Washington, D.C.).

A state-by-state list of the grants is available in the box above.

NEH grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Throughout the year, humanities experts outside of the Endowment and members of the National Council on the Humanities consider all applications and advise NEH on the quality and significance of each proposed project.

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Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

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