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NEH Grant Application

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Humanities Collections and Reference Resources NEH Grant

On July 15, 2009 Houston ARCH successfully submitted our first grant application to the National Endowment for the Humanities requesting funding for 2 years in order to process multiple collections held by the Botts Collection, GCAM, and the Transgender Center Archives. Below are links to the core application documents that describe the purpose, methodology & plan proposed in the grant, as well as an overview of the grant itself. Of particular interest will be the narrative document which describes the core holdings to be addressed within the scope of the proposed project. As mentioned in the August 26 Houston ARCH meeting, we are encouraging people interested in conducting oral histories to review the core holdings described in the narrative document below and recommend interviewees that would supplement or enhance those core holdings.
For more information about the Houston ARCH Oral History group click HERE.
The Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program supports projects that provide an essential foundation for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, electronic records, and digital objects. Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation.
Applications may be submitted for projects that include or combine the following activities:
  • arranging and describing archival and manuscript collections;
  • cataloging collections of printed works, photographs, recorded sound, moving images, art, and material culture;
  • implementing preservation measures, such as basic rehousing, reformatting, deacidification, or conservation treatment;
  • digitizing collections, or preserving and improving access to born-digital resources;
  • developing databases, virtual collections, or electronic resources to codify information on a subject or provide integrated access to humanities materials;
  • creating encyclopedias;
  • preparing linguistic tools, such as historical and etymological dictionaries, corpora, and reference grammars
  • developing tools for spatial analysis and representation of humanities data, such as atlases and geographical information systems (GIS); and
  • designing digital tools to facilitate use of humanities resources.
Applications may address the holdings or activities of a single institution or may involve collaboration. In all cases, projects should be designed to facilitate sharing, exchange, and interoperability of humanities information and products.
Providing Access to Grant Products
As a taxpayer-supported federal agency, NEH endeavors to make the products of its grants available to the broadest possible audience. Our goal is for scholars, educators, students, and the American public to have ready and easy access to the wide range of NEH grant products. For the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program, such products may include reference works, digital archives, and Web sites. For projects that lead to the development of online resources, all other considerations being equal, NEH gives preference to those that provide free access to the public.


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