The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History has received a $345,494 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a three-year project to provide online access to the museum’s Native American Languages collection for the first time. This is the largest total NEH grant received by an individual investigator at the University of Oklahoma and the second-largest collaborative NEH grant ever awarded to OU.
“This is an incredibly important step in the evolution of our collection,” said Raina Heaton, Ph.D., assistant curator of Native American languages and assistant professor of Native American studies at the University of Oklahoma. “Access to materials, particularly for those Indigenous people whose intellectual property this is, has always been a challenge for archives like ours that were originally designed around in-person visitation. There are so many possibilities associated with sharing collections online; we are excited to be working with our partners to make digital access to the collections a reality.”