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The National Endowment of the Humanities has recently awarded a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant to “The Svoboda Diaries Project: From Digital Text to ‘New Book,’” a project directed by Walter Andrews, UW Professor of Ottoman and Turkish Literature. This one-year grant will support the development of a new publishing model for on-demand publication of scholarly editions, using a collection of personal diaries from 19th century Iraq.
The Svoboda Iraq Diaries Project seeks to rescue this endangered collection of personal diaries, which constitute a valuable textual resource for the seriously understudied cultural, social, and economic history of 19th century Iraq, and make it available to scholars and the public in both web-based digital form and in a print publication.