WWP The Project Newsletter Archive Volume 3,Number 1 NEH Award

WWP Recieves two Awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities

The Women Writers Project received two grants through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) this spring. In March, the Preservation and Access Program of the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded the Women Writers Project $190,000 in outright funds and $50,000 in matching funds toward the WWP's work through 30 June 1999. Thanks to a recent $50,000 pledge from a generous anonymous donor, the WWP was able to meet the matching requirement and will receive a total of $240,000 from NEH. This award will help the Project encode texts and move toward electronic delivery of the textbase. Co-Principal Investigators are Professor Susanne Woods of Fanklin and Marshall College and Dr. Carol DeBoer-Langworthy of Brown University.

In late February, the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities (RICH) granted $7400 to the Women Writers Project to support the creation of a one-woman show drawn from the texts of Elizabeth I of England from 1558 to 1603. Entitled "In Her Own Words: Elizabeth I Onstage and Online," the project will draw from texts encoded in the WWP textbase and printed sources for a series of live performances in public libraries throughout the state during the academic season of 1997-98. Rhode Island actor Marilyn Murphy Meardon will play Elizabeth I. Funds for the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities come from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Members of the WWP's Advisory Board involved with the "In Her Own Words" project include: Elizabeth Hageman, who will author an essay on Elizabeth I for a brochure related to the series; Karen Newman, who serves as scholarly consultant; and Stephen Foley, who will be its evaluator. Merrily Taylor, Joukowsky Family Librarian at Brown University and also a member of the WWP's Advisory Board, will share the stage with "Elizabeth" as Moderator of the performances. As part of this project, the WWP will construct and maintain a Web page focusing on Elizabeth I and the lecture series; this will include a bibliography of Elizabethiana in Rhode Island libraries and links to relevant WWP texts. Project administration will be performed by Carol DeBoer-Langworthy, Director of the WWP, and Karen Murphy, the WWP's Project Coordinator.

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