Three humanities projects receive NEH funding

Photo Credit: Andrew Jewell, Jeannette Jones, Katherine Walter
Wed, 08/08/2018 - 11:01

Pictured: Andrew Jewell, Jeannette Jones, and Katherine Walter

Three projects tied to the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) have received nearly $700,000 in National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in combined funding.

The Complete Letters of Willa Cather

Andrew Jewell and his team received $278,000 for “The Complete Letters of Willa Cather,” which will fund the final stage of an online, open access edition of the complete correspondence of American novelist Willa Cather (1873–1947). 

The team includes:

  • Jewel, professor of digital initatives in University Libraries and editor of the Willa Cather Archive
  • Emily Rau, managing editor of the Willa Cather Archive
  • Melissa Homestead, professor of English
  • Kari Ronning, research associate professor of English
  • Graduate and undergraduate students

To Enter Africa from America: The United States, Africa and the New Imperialism, 1862-1919

Jeannette Jones and her team received $196,000 for “To Enter Africa from America: The United States, Africa, and the New Imperialism, 1862–1919.” The award will fund research and preparation of an online resource and print publication about United States engagement with Africa during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 

The team includes:

  • Jones, associate professor in the Department of History and the Institute for Ethnic Studies
  • Nemata Blyden, associate professor of history and international affairs, George Washington University
  • Nadia Nurhussein, associate professor of English, Johns Hopkins University
  • John Cullen Gruesser, senior research scholar, Sam Houston University
  • Nebraska’s Center for Digital Research in the Humanities
  • Kaci Nash, project manager and research associate with University Libraries

Nebraska Digital Newspaper Project

Katherine Walter and her team received $218,000 for “Nebraska Digital Newspaper Project,” a digitization of 100,000 pages of Nebraska newspapers published prior to 1963, as part of the state’s participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). 

The team includes:

  • Walter, co-director of the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities and professor and chair of Digital Initiatives and Special Collections for University Libraries
  • Janel Simons, newspaper associate
  • Karin Dalziel, digital development manager and designer
  • Jessica Dussault, programmer/analyst
  • Margaret Mering, professor of authority and identity management
  • Greg Tunink, programmer/analyst
  • Laura Weakly, metadata encoding specialist
  • Mary Woltemath, microfilm curator
  • Andrea Faling, head of reference of History Nebraska


Read more about the funding from the NEH for these projects.

The College of Arts and Sciences congratulates all of them for these awards!