The MLA has received grant funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources to support an ongoing project, The Hidden History of Modern Language: Revitalizing the Archives of the Modern Language Association. The MLA will engage in a five-month project processing and cataloging the General Chronological Series, dramatically improving the lifespan of, accessibility to, and intellectual control over the materials. The series comprises a diverse and historically rich collection of modern language history, chronicling such topics as the post–World War I ban on speaking and teaching German, the effects of the Vietnam War on academia, and member backlash against the Helms Amendment. Barbara Chen, the director of bibliographic information services and editor of the MLA International Bibliography, will serve as project director; Liza Young, the MLA’s archivist, will serve as grant administrator.
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