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Sponsors & Giving

MITH is grateful for the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), whose award of a Challenge Grant in December 1998 enabled us to begin operations in Fall 1999. The College of Arts and Humanities and the University of Maryland Libraries serve as our primary benefactors with additional support for individual projects and initiatives.

Our projects and initiatives throughout the years have been supported by a number of organizations including, but not limited to: the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Science Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Library of Congress, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the Walters Art Gallery,  the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Clara & Robert Vambery Fund, the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, and the estate of Augustine A. Winnemore.

With the continuing growth of MITH comes many opportunities to support cutting-edge research in the digital humanities. MITH welcomes sponsorship of individual projects in addition to general donations. Two special funds have been established and are currently accepting contributions:

The Jennifer Fajman General MITH Fund

Had Jennifer Fajman, Executive Director, Office of Information Technology Academic and Distributed Services, not supported MITH during the writing of our start-up Challenge Grant Proposal, MITH would not be. Fajman’s service on MITH’s Internal Advisory Board was tireless and unstinting. Upon her retirement, she asked that any gifts to celebrate her career achievements be to support MITH or the Gannon Scholarship Fund. MITH is proud to establish a fund in her honor.

The Earl W. Smith Digital Desegregation Fund

Earl W. Smith served on the highest courts of Texas and received many honors and awards from the American Bar Association for his work both as a lawyer and as a distinguished jurist. But Smith was most proud of the fact that as a school board member in the 1950s, he was instrumental in desegregating the San Angelo, Texas Public Schools (the first in Texas to be desegregated) immediately after Brown vs. the Board of Education became the law of the land. He never received an award for this work and did not believe that one was appropriate, for he was just doing the right and just thing. Upon his death in March 2001, his family established this fund at MITH and has specified that money given in his honor be used to turn Digital Divides into Digital Opportunities.

If you are interested in joining our sponsors in supporting MITH, please email mith@umd.edu, call us at 301.405.8927, or write to Neil Fraistat, Director, 0301 Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742.