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Selected articles on NEH-supported projects.
Posted: August 10, 2018 Art Movements: Tehran Museum Discovers Picassos and a Duchamp, NEH Grants $13.2M

The Tehran Museum of Contemporary art is undergoing some “contemporary archaeology,” which involves unearthing a number of previously unrecorded artworks by Pablo Picasso and a drawing by Marcel Duchamp in its archives. The works were discovered during a series of renovations in its storage facility in preparation for the museum’s 2019 exhibitions. Dutch architect and curator Mattijs Visser will organize the museum-wide exhibition Portrait, Still-life, Landscape (February 21–April 20, 2019) of 400–500 works from the collection. Visser says the museum expects to find more unknown works as the research continues.

The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced an effort to finance projects at 29 cultural institutions across the United States. The NEH is awarding a total of $13.2 million among these organizations to help create and sustain the nation’s humanities infrastructure. Awardees include the HBCU Library Alliance, Brooklyn Museum of Arts and Sciences, and Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Posted: August 10, 2018 UC Santa Cruz awarded two NEH grants for Humanities projects
UC Santa Cruz News

UC Santa Cruz has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support humanities projects in the Literature Department.

The campus awards are part of $43.1 million in grants for 219 humanities projects nationwide that the NEH has funded this year.

Literature professor Karen Bassi received $200,000 to support a four-week National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for 25 college and university faculty to examine museums as sites of cultural meaning.

Titled "Museums: The Humanities in the Public Sphere," the Institute will be an in-depth exploration of museums and curated cultural collections around Washington, D.C. in 2019

Bassi noted that the the goal of the project is to investigate how museums promote humanistic teaching and research.

“The Institute will focus on museums as sites for interdisciplinary inquiry into advances in humanistic and scientific research, the effects of ongoing international conflicts, the speed of evolving technologies, and ethical debates over privacy, sustainability, and cultural heritage,” said Bassi. 

Posted: August 10, 2018 SD Historical Society Receives Grant To Put More Historical Newspapers Online
Yankton Daily Press

The South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives in Pierre was awarded a third round of grant funding in the amount of $280,200 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue digitizing historical newspapers.

The project is part of Chronicling America, a Library of Congress initiative to develop an online database of select historical newspapers from around the United States. As part of the grant the State Historical Society-Archives will digitize approximately 100 rolls of microfilmed newspapers pre-dating 1922 over two years.

The 37 titles that were digitized in the previous two rounds of grant funding include The Canton Advocate, Dakota Farmers’ Advocate, The Dakota Farmers’ Leader, The Daily Dakota Farmers’ Leader, Lincoln County Advocate, Canton Daily Leader, The Mitchell Capital, Daily Press and Dakotaian, Yankton Daily Press and Dakotaian, Press and Daily Dakotaian, Forest City Press, The Hot Springs Star, Hot Springs Weekly Star, Turner County Herald, Kimball Enterprise, Saturday News, The Kimball Graphic, The Black Hills Union, The Black Hills Union and Western Stock Review, Pierre Weekly Free Press, The Sisseton Weekly Standard, The Citizen-Republican, Wessington Springs Herald, The State Democrat, The Aberdeen Democrat, Sud Dakota Nachrichten, Sud Dakota Nachrichten und Herold, Nachrichten-Herold, Deutscher Herold, The State-Line Herald, The Lemmon Herald, The Sully County Watchman, The Grant County Herald, The Herald, The Advance, The Herald-Advance and The Madison Daily Leader.

Posted: August 10, 2018 Washington State Library to digitize historic newspapers
Columbia Basin Herald

The Washington Office of Secretary of State will be adding 100,000 pages to its nationally-recognized project of digitizing historic newspapers, using a grant announced Tuesday morning for $280,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The project will use the award from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize culturally and historically significant newspapers from Asian-American, African-American, and World War II-era publications to the Washington State Library’s free public archives.

The grant is the fourth National Endowment for the Humanities award for the Digital Newspaper Project. Under the State Library’s participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program, more than 300,000 pages of historic Washington newspapers have been added to the 13 million newspaper pages publicly accessible at the Chronicling America website of the Library of Congress.

Posted: August 9, 2018 These books are brought to you with the help of Uncle Sam.
Washington Post

If we think about them at all, most of us probably imagine that biographers and historians happily toil away in sanctified destitution, untroubled by the cares of this world. But it turns out that many biographers and historians need to eat — and pay rent and buy clothes for their children. Such earthly demands push most scholars into academic jobs at colleges and universities, where they’re rewarded for producing arcane work that remains cloistered in the hallowed halls of academe.

The National Endowment for the Humanities is determined to break down those walls. Since 2015, the NEH has been funding the Public Scholar program, an annual series of grants designed to promote the publication of scholarly nonfiction books for a general audience.

This year’s roster of 22 grant winners, announced Wednesday, includes a cultural history of allergies, a biography of Boston art collector Isabella Stewart Gardner, a history of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., and 19 more books you may be reading a few years from now.

T.J. Stiles, one of the $60,000 grant winners, says support from the NEH will make it possible for him to write a one-volume biography of Theodore Roosevelt. Despite having won two Pulitzer Prizes and a National Book Award, Stiles notes that working as a historical biographer without a job at a university is freeing but financially stressful. “Currently, my royalties don’t even pay my family’s health insurance premiums for the year,” he says. The advance he’s received from his publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, does not cover all his research and living expenses. “I had hoped that my career would be more self-sustaining by now, but life is full of unexpected twists and setbacks.”

For other Public Scholar grant winners, support from the NEH represents not just money but time.

Posted: August 9, 2018 National Endowment for the Humanities awards grants to 19 projects in Massachusetts
Boston Globe

The National Endowment for the Humanities announced Wednesday that it was awarding $43.1 million to support 218 humanities projects across the country, including a range of projects in Massachusetts.

A documentary film featuring Betty Boop, Popeye, and other iconic cartoon characters was among 19 projects in Massachusetts chosen to receive one of the sought-after grants from the federal agency.

The Melrose-based Filmmakers Collaborative was awarded $500,000 to produce “Cartooning America: The Fleischer Brothers Story,” a 60-minute documentary directed by Asaf Galay that looks at the animators who created Betty Boop and their impact on the animation industry.

Posted: August 9, 2018 UCSD gets federal grant to build new institute

 UC San Diego Wednesday received a $750,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to improve campus infrastructure.

The award is part of a newly established $13 million Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grant, which will support infrastructure projects at 29 U.S. cultural sites in 20 states and the District of Columbia.

“From nationally broadcast documentaries to summer workshops for high school teachers, the projects receiving funding today strengthen and sustain the cultural life of our nation and its citizens,” NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede said.

UCSD’s grant will go toward the construction of an Institute of Arts and Humanities, to be located inside the university’s Arts and Humanities building. The facility will “support scholarly research and collaborative programming in the areas of global, public, and digital humanities,” according to the NEH.

Posted: August 9, 2018 Washington State Library awarded grant to digitize historic newspapers
KXLY Spokane

In an effort to preserve Washington's history, a new $280,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant was awarded to Washington State Libraries. 

The grant will enable the Washington State Library's Washington Digital Newspaper Project to add $100,000 pages of culturally and historically significant newspapers from Asian-American, African-American and World War II-era publications to its free public archives. 

The grant is the fourth National Endowment for the Humanities award for the Digital Newspaper Project.

Under the State Library's participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program, more than 300,000 pages of historic Washington newspapers have been added to the 13 million newspaper pages publicly accessible at the Chronicling America website of the Library of Congress

Posted: August 9, 2018 Hemingway Letters Project receives three-year NEH grant
Penn State News

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded the Hemingway Letters Project a three-year, $275,000 Scholarly Editions Grant to continue its work on “The Letters of Ernest Hemingway,” the authorized scholarly compilation of the writer’s outgoing correspondence.

Located at Penn State and published by Cambridge University Press, “The Letters” are a comprehensive collection of nearly 6,000 surviving letters written by Hemingway (1899-1961), a 1954 Nobel Laureate and someone widely recognized as one of America’s most important writers. About 85 percent of those letters were previously unpublished.

“'The Letters' not only provide important new biographical information and insights into the artistic achievement of this most influential American writer, they also constitute a running eyewitness history of much of the 20th century,” said Sandra Spanier, Penn State Liberal Arts Professor of English and general editor of the Hemingway Letters Project. “Unguarded and never intended for publication, Hemingway’s letters track his story in real time. They record experiences that inspired his art, afford insight into his creative process, and express his candid assessments of his own work and that of his contemporaries. They also reveal a far more interesting and complex person than Hemingway’s sometimes one-dimensional, tough-guy public persona would suggest.”

The NEH grant will support the project’s work on volumes five through seven of Hemingway’s letters, specifically those written between 1932 and May 1941. The first four volumes, published between 2011 and 2017, included letters written by Hemingway between 1907 and 1931. A total of 17 volumes is planned.

Posted: August 9, 2018 Cincinnati Art Museum receives $500K grant to renovate Near East collection

The Cincinnati Art Museum has received a $500,000 grant to renovate and reinstall it's Near East installation. 

The Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities will fund a restoration project for the Near East collection of art and archaeological material.

The project will be a "complete re-envisioning" of the 2,800-square-foot gallery, known as the Hanna Wing.

The majority of the collection has been in storage since 2004 due to lack of gallery space, the museum said.