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Columbia Receives Two NEH Grants for Digital Projects
"Benjamin MS 1" is held in Columbia's Rare Book and Manuscript Library and is also online at sunsite.berkeley.edu/Scriptorium.
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The National Endowment for the Humanities recently made two grants to Columbia. The Columbia University Libraries has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the NEH to continue the development of Digital Scriptorium, a collaborative online project that digitizes and catalogs medieval and Renaissance manuscripts from institutions across the United States . Under the two-year grant, the online project will move from its current home at the University of California, Berkeley, to Columbia . Jean Ashton, director of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, is the principal investigator on the grant; Consuelo Dutschke, Columbia's curator of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, was one of the founders of the project and is serving as the managing director.

Digital Scriptorium is an image database of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts that unites resources from numerous libraries into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research. Since its debut online in 1997, it has grown into a visual catalog currently holding 15,000 images and 3,500 records from 19 participating institutions.

Columbia's Visual Media Center also recently received a three-year NEH grant, for $200,000, to develop a suite of digital teaching websites in Chinese, Japanese and South Asian art focusing on works used in undergraduate art history as well as Asian culture classes. It has partnered with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Freer and Sackler galleries in Washington, D.C., and the National Palace Museum in Taiwan.

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Published: June 30, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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