The Northeastern University Library’s Digital Scholarship Group and the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks received a $500,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the NEH’s American Rescue Plan program.
The American Rescue Plan aims to provide funding to organizations conducting humanities projects that were adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The grant awarded to the DSG and NULab is specifically focused on supporting humanities organizations.
This grant will help fund a series of digital projects currently underway through the DSG and NULab, but that were delayed or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will support efforts to conduct collaborative research, digitize and process archival materials, create metadata, increase web accessibility, and more, while creating many graduate and undergraduate student research positions to conduct this work.
The projects that will benefit from this grant all involve collaborative engagement with communities outside of Northeastern, with many of them focused on resources related to underrepresented groups and social justice efforts. These include:
- Boston Research Center. Specifically, the grant will focus on a project supporting the Chinatown Immigration History Trail and the Chinatown Collections Survey.
- Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project.
- Digital Archive of American Indian Languages Preservation and Perseverance.
- Digital Humanities Quarterly Journal.
- Digital Transgender Archive.
- Early Caribbean Digital Archive.
- Early Black Boston Digital Almanac.
- Women Writers Project.
The grant also includes funding for additional projects organized through the NULab.
Julia Flanders, the director of the Digital Scholarship Group, is excited to get started: “We are honored and energized by this award. It creates wonderful research opportunities for students and will help the entire digital humanities ecology at Northeastern.”