Two New Grants Awarded to Center/Clark

November 2, 2015

The Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library have received new funding from the University of California Humanities Research Institute and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, respectively. UCHRI has provided a supplemental award for Barbara Fuchs’s project, “Diversifying the Classics: Classics in the Classroom,” which fosters awareness and appreciation of Hispanic classical theater. By introducing K–12 students in the Los Angeles area to a more diverse classical heritage, the project cultivates Hispanic classical drama’s new generation of audiences and performers. The Clark received its third grant from the Delmas Foundation to create transcriptions of manuscript content in ten annotated books recently digitized from its collection. These unique textual artifacts give scholars insight into historical reading practices and the ways that books were altered and used by their owners. The Clark will support three graduate students from UCLA’s Departments of English and History to produce complete transcriptions of the annotations. The project not only furthers scholarship in the history of material texts but also provides developing scholars with valuable skills in and knowledge of book history, paleography, and the digital humanities.