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Selected NEH-supported projects related to U.S. newspapers and journalism

Preservation and Access

The United States Newspaper Program:

The National Digital Newspaper Program:

Newberry Library
Chicago, IL 60610
Project Director: Knox, Douglas W.
Chicago Foreign Language Press Survey: Digitization for Research and Education
The digitization, encoding, and online delivery of the Chicago Foreign Language Press Survey, a microfilm resource containing translations of selected articles from Chicago's immigrant and ethnic press from the 1860s to the 1930s.

George Washington University
Washington, DC 20052
Project Director: Black, Allida
Creating a Digital Archive of Eleanor Roosevelt's "My Day" Newspaper Column
The creation of an online edition of Eleanor Roosevelt's syndicated newspaper column, "My Day," which ran six days a week, producing some 7,200 columns from 1935 through 1962.

National Press Club Library and Archive
Washington, DC 20007
Project Director: Zamon, Christina
Disaster Planning and Training
Developing an emergency response and preparedness plan to protect the holdings of the National Press Club, the only archive dedicated to the history of journalism in Washington, D.C. Holdings include 530 linear feet of archival materials, 15,000 photographs, 1,000 blueprints, 700 books, 400 works of art, 10,000 audio and video cassettes, the personal papers of notable journalists, including cartoonist Clifford Berryman, and the archives of the Women's National Press Club.

Newberry Library
Chicago, IL 60610
Project Director: Briggs, Martha T.
Preserving and Enhancing Access to Manuscript Collections that Document Newspaper Journalism in Chicago
The arrangement, description, and preservation of 39 collections (comprising almost 800 cubic feet of personal papers and organizational records) documenting newspaper journalism in Chicago from the late 19th century through the 20th century.

State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Madison, WI 53706
RG-20014-92; RG-20084-93; RG-20208-95
Project Director: Danky, James
African-American Newspapers and Periodicals: A National Bibliography and Union List
Creation of a comprehensive bibliography and union list of African-American newspapers.
Begin: 7/92 End: 6/98

Publication: Danky, James. African-American Newspapers and Periodicals: A National Bibliography. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press Reference Library, 1999;
ISBN-10: 0-674-00788-3 (0674007883); ISBN-13: 978-0-674-00788-8 (9780674007888)

Southern Courier Association
Washington, DC 20003-3134
PW-50494-09 (Chairman's Grant)
Project Director: Jonathan Lottman
The Southern Courier Digital Access Project
Creation and dissemination of a digital archive of The Southern Courier newspaper, a weekly newspaper published from 1965 through 1968 that covered major events, figures, and debates that formed the Civil Rights struggle.

Related newspaper: The Southern Courier (Atlanta, GA) 1965-1968. See Chronicling America Directory:

SUNY Research Foundation, College at New Paltz
New Paltz, NY 12562
Project Director: Corry, Mary J.
American Performing Arts in the 18th Century: The Newspaper Sources
To support production of an index and data base of colonial American newspaper sources on the performing arts from 1690 through 1783.
Begin: 7/90 End: 6/95

The Performing Arts in Colonial American Newspapers, 1690–1783 Text Database and Index. Corry, Mary Jane, Kate Van Winkle Keller, and Robert M. Keller. New York: University Music Editions, 1997

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Project Director: Leonard, Thomas C
Begin: 5/07 End: 4/09

Arrangement, description, and preservation of some 180,000 photographs, including 30,000 glass plate negatives, from the archives of the "San Francisco Examiner," 1919 to 1998. The project would also create Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids and digitize 2,000 of the most significant and fragile photographs for mounting on the Internet.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Project Director: Blouin, Francis X.
To support preservation microfilming of the Detroiter Abend Post, a daily German Language newspaper in Detroit and a primary source for the history of German-Americans, 1868-1931.
Begin: 3/82 End: 4/83

Related Newspaper: Detroiter Abend-Post (Detroit, MI) 18??-19?? See Chronicling America Directory:

Washington Press Club Foundation
Washington, DC 20045
Project Director: Moorhus, Donita M.
Oral History of Women in Journalism, 1964-80
To support the creation of 15 memoirs in the oral history project that will document the personal and professional lives of women in journalism whose careers evolved between 1964 and 1980.
Begin: 6/92 End: 9/94

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Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202
Project Director: Winans, Robert B.
Checklist of Catalogues of Books in 18th-Century American Newspapers
To support a guide to book catalogues published as advertisements in 18th- century U.S. newspapers as part of a comprehensive project to document all book catalogues appearing in the United States from 1693 to 1800.
Begin: 9/83 End: 6/85

Save America’s Treasures Grant (funded by the National Park Service and administered by the NEH):

American Antiquarian Society
Worcester, MA 01609-1634
Project Director: Golden, Vincent
Conservation of the Newspaper Collections
The Society maintains one copy of rare and original North American newspapers created before 1877. Acid-free enclosures will be provided for 2,000 volumes in order to stabilize bindings and diminish future damage in handling. Additionally, 90 volumes will receive conservation treatment to address damaged bindings and repair torn pages.
Begin: 10/05 End: 5/08


Education Programs

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Fremont, OH 43420
Project Director: Culbertson, Steven L.
Illustrating the Gilded Age: Political Cartoons and the Press in American Politics and Culture, 1877-1901
Two one-week workshops for 50 community college faculty, to be held at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Ohio, exploring how political cartoons and illustrations helped shape American politics and culture in this period.
Begin: 10/07 End: 9/08

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University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093
FS-21636-87; FS-21963-88
Project Director: Schudson, Michael S.
American Journalism in Historical Perspective
Begin: 10/86 End: 9/89


Fellowships and Seminars

Abbott, Richard H.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Eastern Michigan University
The Republican Press in the South, 1867-1877

Publication: Abbott, Richard H. “Republican Newspapers and Freedom of the Press in the Reconstruction South: 1865-1877,” The Civil War and the Press. Sachsman, David B., S. Kittrell Rushing, Debra Reddin Van Tuyll. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2000;
ISBN: 076580008X

Aufderheide, Patricia
Washington, DC 20016-0000
American University
Freedom of Expression, Journalism, and Democracy
Begin: 7/93 End: 8/93

Bright, Deborah
Chicago, IL 60614
Independent Scholar
An Historical Investigation of Images of Landscape in American Mass Media Photography, c. 1880-1930
Begin: 12/85 End: 1/86

Eberhard, Wallace B.
Athens, GA 30606
University of Georgia
Bryon Price and the World War II Office of Censorship
Begin: 12/91 End: 11/92

Hamilton, Mary A.
Eldred, PA 16731
St. Bonaventure University
J.W. Gitt, American Journalism's Last Progressive Newspaper
Begin: 6/89 End: 11/89

Publication: Hamilton, Mary A. Rising from the Wilderness. York, PA: York County Heritage Trust, 2007.

Lawson, Linda
Seattle, WA 98103
Indiana University, Bloomington
The Process of Press Censorship during World War I
Begin: 12/90 End: 11/91

Miraldi, Robert G.
Stone Ridge, NY 12484
SUNY Research Foundation, College at New Paltz
The Life of Charles Edward Russell
Begin: 12/89 End: 5/90

Townsley, Eleanor
South Hadley, MA 01075)
Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA 01075)
American Media Intellectuals in the Public Sphere, 1993-2002
Begin: 7/08 End: 6/09

Williams, Susan S.
Columbus, OH 43210-1370
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210
James Redpath and the Promotion of Social Justice in America
Begin: 7/06 End: 8/06

Related newspapers: The Kansas Crusader of Freedom (Doniphan City, Kansas) 1857-18??. See Chronicling America Directory:

The Pine and Palm (Boston [Mass.]) 1861-1862. See Chronicling America Directory:

Guillaume, Alfred J.
St. Louis, MO 63103
St. Louis University
Historical and Literary Analysis of the Late 19th-Century Louisiana Newspaper, THE CRUSADER
Begin: 6/91 End: 5/92


Public Programs

National Yiddish Book Center
Amherst, MA 01002-3375
Project Director: Booth, Marlene J.
The Jewish Forward Film Project: The History of a Paper and Its People (Scripting: TV Documentary)
To support scripting of a 60-minute documentary film about the once-influential Yiddish newspaper, the Jewish FORWARD, its editor, Abraham Cahan, and the role of this newspaper in the acculturation process of Jewish immigrants in America.

Film: The Forward: From Immigrants to Americans, Marlene Booth, Direct Cinema Limited, 58 min., 1989
An extraordinary human story of the world’s most successful Yiddish-language newspaper, the Jewish Daily Forward. From its founding in 1897, the Forward served not only as a source of information, but also as a teacher and counselor to hundreds of thousands of immigrants.

Related newspaper: Forṿerṭs =Forward = Vorwärts (New York, N.Y) 1897-current. See Chronicling America Directory:

Washington, DC 20013
Project Director: Thompson, David S.
Reporting America at War
Production of a three-hour documentary film series examining American press coverage of major military conflicts in the 20th century.
Begin: 10/01 End: 3/04

Voyles, Bennett M.
Otis, OR 97368
Pioneer Newspaper Publishers of the Oregon Coast
To support a study on the foundations of early Oregon coastal newspapers and the lives of those who first came there to report and to publish.
Begin: 6/80 End: 8/80

Women Make Movies, Inc.
New York, NY 10010
Project Director: Fillion, Michele Midori
No Job for a Woman: The Women Who Fought to Report World War II
Scripting of a one-hour documentary film about the women journalists of World War II.
Begin: 7/06 End: 12/07


Research Programs

Bergmann, Johannes D.
Hamden, CT 06518
New York Newspaper Reviews of American Authors, 1833-1860
Begin: 9/80 End: 8/81

Robertson, Michael
Princeton, NJ 08540
Lafayette College
Stephen Crane, Reporter: Journalism and the Making of Modern American Literature
Begin: 9/90 End: 5/91

Publication: Robertson, Michael. Stephen Crane, journalism, and the making of modern American literature. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997
ISBN: 0231109687
ISBN: 0231109695

Brown, Joshua
New York, NY 10016
CUNY Research Foundation, Hunter College
The Pictorial Press and the Representation of Life in the United States, 1865-1900
Begin: 2/97 End: 7/97

Publication: Brown, Joshua. Beyond the lines: pictorial reporting, everyday life, and the crisis of gilded-age America. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002; ISBN: 0520231031

Doreski, Carole K.
Peterborough, NH 03458-0000
Unaffiliated Independent Scholar
Citizenship, Race, and the Black Press during World War II
Begin: 1/97 End: 12/97

Barnett, Clarence R.
Huntington, WV 25701
Marshall University
The Reaction of the Popular Press to the Establishment of the "Color Line" in the National Football League: 1933-1934
Begin: 5/81 End: 9/81

Mander, Mary S.
University Park, PA 16802
Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus
A Study of Vietnam War Correspondents
Begin: 5/82 End: 9/82

Gleason, Timothy W.
Eugene, OR 97403-1275
University of Oregon, Eugene
Libel Law and the Newspaper Industry: A Campaign for Legislative Relief
Begin: 5/90 End: 9/90

Miraldi, Robert G.
Stone Ridge, NY 12484-0000
SUNY Research Foundation, College at New Paltz
The Journalism of Charles Edward Russell, 1860-1941
Begin: 5/91 End: 9/91

Publication: Miraldi, Robert. The Pen Is Mightier: The Muckraking Life of Charles Edward Russell. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003; ISBN: 0312292929

Barrineau, Nancy W.
Laurinburg, NC 28352
University of North Carolina, Pembroke
Theodore Dreiser's "Working Girls": From Journalism to Fiction
Begin: 5/92 End: 9/92

Burt, Elizabeth V.
Simsbsury, CT 06070
University of Hartford
The Rise of Women's Press Organizations in the Professionalization of Women Journalists, 1880-1925
Begin: 5/97 End: 9/97

Publication:Women’s press organizations, 1881-1999 / edited by Elizabeth V. Burt. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 2000; ISBN: 0313306613

Lutes, Jean M.
Riverdale, NY 10471
Manhattan College
Journalism, Gender, and Fiction in America
Begin: 6/03 End: 7/03

Publication: Front page girls: women journalists in American culture and fiction, 1880-1930 / Jean Marie Lutes; Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2006; ISBN: 0801442354

Pauly, John J.
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
St. Louis University
Whatever Became of the New Journalism?

Tunnell, Ted
Richmond, VA 23284-2001
Virginia Commonwealth University
Southern Newspaper Editors and Reconstruction, 1865-1869
Begin: 6/05 End: 7/05

Publication: Ted Tunnell, “Creating "the Propaganda of History": Southern Editors and the Origins of Carpetbagger and Scalawag,” The Journal of Southern History: Volume LXXII; Number 4, 2006

Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Project Director: Bergman, Herbert
The Collected Writings of Walt Whitman. The Journalism, Volumes

To support continuing work on volumes III and IV of the edition of THE COLLECTED WRITINGS OF WALT WHITMAN: THE JOURNALISM.
Begin: 9/82 End: 12/84

Publication: Whitman, Walt. The Journalism. Volume 2: 1846-1848. Edited by Herbert Bergman; Douglas A. Noverr and Edward J. Recchia, Associate Editors. New York: Peter Lang, 2003; ISBN-13: 9780820410203; ISBN: 0820410209

Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057
Project Director: Beauchamp, Tom
A Study of Moral Obligations in Journalism through the Application of Classical and Modern Ethical Theory
To support a study of moral obligations that arise in journalism, applying classical and modern ethical theory to case experiences of the last three decades.
Begin: 1/84 End: 9/85

Publication: Klaidman, Stephen and Tom L. Beauchamp. The Virtuous Journalist. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987; ISBN-10: 0195056884; ISBN-13: 978-0195056884

Littlefield, Daniel F.
Little Rock, AR 72204-0000
Unaffiliated Independent Scholar
American Indian and Alaska Native Newspaper and Periodicals,

To support research on the American Indian and Alaska Native newspapers and periodicals, 1826-1983.
Begin: 1/84 End: 1/84

Publication: Littlefield, Jr., Daniel F, and James W. Parins. American Indian and Alaska native newspapers and periodicals. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1984-1986; ISBN: 0313234256


Office of Digital Humanities

Drexel University
Project Director: Robert B. Allen
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Begin: 4/2007 End: 4/2009
The development of a programming tool for automatically identifying, categorizing, and describing newspaper articles from digital files.