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Grants Awarded for Phase Four

With the generous support of the Luce Foundation, the ATLA/ATS Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative (CDRI) is developing a freely available, web-searchable, central repository of digital resources contributed by participating ATLA member libraries. Digital images of woodcuts, photographs, slides, papyri, coins, maps, shape-note tune books, and manuscripts created during Phases One and Two of the Initiative are now available at Soon to join them are the fruits of CDRI Phase Three projects: clips from worship services, images of martyrs from Foxe, postcards of Congregational and Baptist churches in New England, texts related to missiology and the Ancient Near East, additional sermons, and Wesley manuscripts. The ATLA/ATS Digital Standards and Projects Committee is pleased to announce the awards for Phase Four.

Phase Four awards:


Pitts Theology Library, Emory University
Woodcuts and metal engravings from 16th-19th century publications ($8,000)

The Pitts Theology Library will digitize woodcuts and metal engravings from the Pitts Library’s holdings of 16th-19th century publications. These images include illustrations of the biblical text, church architecture, portraits of religious leaders, and various other materials of interest to historians, theologians, specialists in Bible, and those who teach religious practices.

Slides of archaeological remains in the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia Minor ($5,000)

The Pitts Theology Library will digitize archaeological slides from the collections of Emory University Prof. Emeritus J. Maxwell Miller and his associates. These will cover the archaeological remains of the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia Minor and so should support the teaching of Bible, archaeology, and ancient history.


Duke University Divinity School
Images of mainline Protestant children and families in the U.S. ($5,000)

Duke University Divinity School will digitize images of mainline Protestant children and families in the U.S., from denominational and non-denominational magazines dating from the 1920s to the 1970s. Images related to articles as well as advertisements will be selected. This is part of a larger sabbatical project of Duke faculty member Amy Laura Hall, funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, to consider the marketing of medical science to middle-class Americans so that they might craft "responsible," "wholesome," and "productive" families. The project will follow, for example, the depiction of family size and health, article-related images and advertisements on scientific nutrition, and other images related to scientific progress and proper domesticity.


Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School
Postcards of Unitarian and Universalist churches ($4,000)

The Andover-Harvard Theological Library will digitize two collections of postcards of New England Unitarian and Universalist churches. As the repository for the Unitarian Universalist Association and related organizations, the library regularly serves researches studying the life of the denomination. The project will improve access to the postcards for church and art historians and researchers of religious architecture. Adding these images will enrich the CDRI database by complementing the Congregational and Baptist postcards already contributed by the Trask Library at Andover Newton Theological School in Phase Three.


Multnomah Bible College and Seminary
Images of post Vatican II Catholic Church architecture and liturgical art in Oregon ($3,500)

The Multnomah project will illustrate developments of post Vatican II Catholic Church architecture & liturgical art in selected churches in western Oregon from the 1960s through 2003. Images, including the positioning of the altar, the Baptismal Font, the Reconciliation Chapel, the Tabernacle setting, and the liturgical art will show the consequences of the reforms stipulated by the Second Vatican Council.


Trask Library, Andover Newton Theological School
Daguerreotypes from the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions ($3500)

Andover Newton Theological School will digitize a collection of daguerreotypes received from the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions when it disbanded its archives. These images will be of value not only to missions faculty and students, but also denominational and cultural studies historians.


Yale University Divinity School Library
Images documenting the expansion of Christianity in Africa, China, and Oceania ($3,500)

The Yale Divinity Library will digitize photographs, slides, and engravings from its collections that illustrate the development of Christianity in Africa, China, and Oceania. Images representative of missionary evangelism, medical work, educational work, indigenous Christian leaders, church architecture, and religious practices will be selected, in order to provide a broad-based resource for illustrating the development of non-Western Christianity.

Postcards of Methodist churches ($500)

The Yale Divinity Library will digitize a set of postcards illustrating architecture of Methodist churches throughout the United States, a collection that will complement the images of Congregational, Baptist, Unitarian, and Universalist churches provided by other CDRI projects.


Asbury Theological Seminary
Photographs from the papers of E. Stanley Jones ($3,000)

Asbury Theological Seminary's project will produce a wide-ranging photographic essay of E. Stanley Jones in various stages of his life, documentation of his many mission endeavors around the world (concentrating on India and Japan), Ashram photos, and some personal family photos. E. Stanley Jones was honored in a 1938 Time Magazine article as the greatest missionary of the time. He was a contemporary of Gandhi and Nehru, and his writings influenced many, including Martin Luther King, Jr.


The Henri J.M. Nouwen Archives and Research Collection
Photographs and letters from the Henri J. M. Nouwen Archives ($2, 500)

J.M. Nouwen Archives will digitize photographs and outgoing letters of Henri J. M. Nouwen. The material selected will be a chronological sampling of Nouwen's life as priest, teacher, social activist, speaker, friend, son/brother/uncle, and writer.


Brown Library, Abilene Christian University
"Here is Water": Baptismal images from 20th Century Churches of Christ ($2,500)

Abilene Christian University's project will make available approximately 200 black and white and color photographs and slides of baptistery paintings, most by a single artist, Blanche Perry, painted between 1935 and 1958, and installed in baptisteries in Churches of Christ throughout the United States. This collection of religious folk art suggests the cultural context of Churches of Christ at mid-century as they became numerous enough and prosperous enough to build permanent church buildings equipped with indoor baptisteries. In addition, several photographs will be included of baptism being administered by preachers from Churches of Christ, usually outdoors, from the early and mid-twentieth century. These historic photographs document the practice of baptism of adults by immersion among Churches of Christ during their period of most rapid growth.


Ohio State University and Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University
Images from John Foxe's Actes and Monuments of the English Martyrs ($2,500)

The OSU/Bridwell project will contribute images from the 1684 edition of John Foxe's Actes and Monuments of the English Martyrs, adding to the images from earlier editions that were digitized as part of CDRI Phase Three. Foxe's Actes and Monuments is a key document in the long stream of Christian literature and denominational development. Providing access to this original resource material with its accompanying metadata will support the study of church history in general, Reformation studies, iconography, theology, English art and literature, as well as other disciplines.


Roberts Library, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Slides of archaeological sites in the Middle East ($2,000)

The Roberts Library of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary will create digital images of archeological sites in the Middle East from slides that have been donated to the library by faculty members. These images will support the teaching of Bible, archaeology, and ancient history.

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