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Local NEH Grants: Oral History, Digitized History, Cold-Storage History

by Jerome Weeks 3 Aug 2011 9:52 AM

As a whole, Texas received 14 grants totaling more than $2 millionfrom the $40 million awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. In North Texas, we’re looking to develop some oral history around the JFK assassination while putting a lot of historic photo negatives into a cold vault.


As a whole, Texas received 14 grants totaling more than $2 million from the $40 million awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  (In comparison, California received $3.2 million.) Much like its sister organization, the National Endowment for the Arts, the NEH has seen its budget slashed and currently, its future is uncertain, given the rancorous, cut-at-any-cost atmosphere in Washington.

Notable projects in North Texas include an oral history program ($40,000) about the nature of historical memory and the JFK assassination — for use in schools and museums, developed by the Dallas County Historical Foundation (which runs the Sixth Floor). As part of the National Digital Newspaper Program, the University of North Texas is seeking to digitize 100,000 pages of Texas newspapers from 1860-1922 ($325,000).  And for $300,000, the University of Texas at Arlington wants to build a cold-storage vault for some five million historic, photographic negatives.

The detailed list follows:


University of Texas, Arlington Outright: $300,000
[Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections]
Project Director: Ann Hodges
Project Title: Creating Cold Storage Vault to Preserve Archival Collections Related to
Texas History
Project Description: Construction of a cold storage vault for approximately 5 million
photographic negatives held by the library’s special collections department providing a
visual record of the history and culture of Texas from the late 19th century to the present.


Dallas County Historical Foundation Outright: $40,000
NEH Grant Awards and Offers, July 2011
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1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Rm. 510, Washington, D.C. 20506 P 202.606.8446
[America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations Planning]
Project Director: Sharron Conrad
Project Title: Shared Stories: Development of Oral History Programming about the
Kennedy Assassination
Project Description: Planning of oral history-based theater and digital activities for use at
the museum, schools, and community venues about evidentiary characteristics of
first-person accounts surrounding the Kennedy assassination and what these can teach us
about the nature of historical memory.

University of North Texas Outright: $325,000
[National Digital Newspaper Program]
Project Director: Cathy Hartman
Project Title: Texas Digital Newspaper Project, Phase Three
Project Description: Digitization of 100,000 pages of Texas newspapers, dating from 1860
to 1922, as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).


Baylor University Outright: $210,000
[Scholarly Editions]
Project Director: Sarah-Jane Murray
Project Title: The Ovide Moralisé: The First English Translation
Project Description: Translation from Old French into English of the Ovide moralisé for
publication in two hardcover volumes and one abridged paperback version, and preparation
of a supplementary website. (36 months)