National Endowment for the Humanities

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The Michigan Traditional Arts Program

The Michigan Traditional Arts Program is a partnership of Michigan State University Museum and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs to advance cross-cultural understanding and equity in a diverse society through the documentation, preservation, and presentation of traditional arts, folklife, and everyday culture in Michigan.

Black and white photo of African woman in a patterned headscarf.
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Archive of Malian Photography

MATRIX has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to support the Archive of Malian Photography. Its mission is to digitize, catalog, preserve, and make internationally accessible the archives of four of Mali’s most important photographers: Abdourahmane Sakaly, El Hadj Tijani Sitou, Malick Sidibé, and Adama Kouyaté. In collaboration with Candace Keller, a professor…

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The Quilt Index

The Quilt Index is the world’s leading digital repository for quilt and quilt ephemera research and scholarship. With over 100,000 quilt records from around the world, the Quilt Index contains an unprecedented amount of information about the history, culture, and art of quilt making.  Each quilt record contains a digitized image of the quilt along…

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The Institute on Digital Archaeology Method & Practice

The Institute on Digital Archaeology Method and Practice is collaboration between the Michigan State Department of Anthropology and MATRIX, funded by a $250,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Institute was created as a solution to problems within the digital archaeology field, including, but not limited to, the world of archaeology cutting…

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MSU Vietnam Group Archive

The MSU Vietnam Group Archive– a joint collaboration between MATRIX, Michigan State University (MSU), MSU Department of History, and MSU University Archives & Historical Collections– has received $264,998 in funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). MSU Vietnam Group Archive is committed to the task of digitizing and archiving documents from 1955-1962, when…

Two column poem written in Arabic.
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Pluralism and Adaptation in the Islamic Practice of Senegal and Ghana

Pluralism and Adaptation is a collection of four multimedia collections that explore two characteristics of Islamic faith in Senegal and Ghana: pluralism and adaptation. Pluralism looks at how people of different religious persuasions— including Islam, Christianity, and Judaism —have coexisted and mutually respected one another for centuries. Adaptation studies the ways in which Islam has…

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The Flint Sit-Down Strike

Known as one of the most iconic labor movements in the nation, the 1936 Flint Sit-Down Strike provides fascinating information on the labor movement, capitalism, workers rights, and protest strategies for both historic and modern investigation. This site seeks to capture the spirit of that time through rare audio recordings and interviews with members of…

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African Media Program

The African Media Program (AMP) offers an online, comprehensive database of films, videos, and other audio-visual materials concerning Africa as well as education services about African media. The site hosts a comprehensive list of educational film resources that address African history, culture, and politics. Each resource is accompanied with helpful notes and annotations, including a…

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The Archaeological Resource Cataloging System (ARCS)

The Archaeological Resource Cataloging System (ARCS) was created by the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University in partnership with MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences. Thanks to the support of an NEH Digital Humanities Startup Grant, a small research team created this open-source application to help ease the transition…

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American Black Journal

The American Black Journal, originally entitled Colored Peoples’ Time, was a regular television show aired on Detroit Public Television beginning in 1968. The show acted as a public forum, giving black citizens of Detroit a voice during a period of massive racial and civic turmoil. Each week, the show interviewed one or more community stakeholders…