5.0248 Announcement: MR Texts Center Director (1/43)

Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Thu, 25 Jul 1991 21:48:25 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 5, No. 0248. Thursday, 25 Jul 1991.

Date: Thu, 25 Jul 91 11:33:40 EDT
From: Robert Hollander <bobh@phoenix.Princeton.EDU>
Subject: North American Center for Machine Readable Texts

First, Marianne and I regret that it has taken so long to get the various
pieces of this announcement assembled, certified by all the parties concerned,
and made official. What has happened may be described as follows:

1) In May the NEH offered the North American Center for Machine-Readable
Texts in the Humanities $65,000 toward the continuance of work on the
Inventory, declining at that time to fund the rest of a large proposal, but
encouraging the Center to come back with its application once it had a
Director and a more developed sense of its programs. We plan to apply
again a year from this autumn (September 1992).

2) Early in June we learned that the Mellon Foundation had granted $225,000
to the Center for its varied projects and expenses over the next three

3) Last week we were delighted to hear that Susan Hockey has accepted our
offer. She will serve a three-year term as the Center's Director. We
hardly need say how very pleased we are with this result. Susan will
take up her duties as soon as she can relocate, probably early this

A clarification is necessary: While both funding and Susan Hockey's
appointment are stated in terms of the next three years, all parties
to all our negotiations have understood from the beginning that this
is a formal limitation, that what is envisioned is a permanent position
in an ongoing institution. It is up to those who are entrusted with
the management of the Center's financial health to raise the funds that
will make that permanence a reality, just as it is up to the new Director,
her staff, and those whom it will serve, to develop its programs in such
a way as to make its function indispensable.

Marianne and I want to express publicly our gratitude to our two
institutions, Rutgers and Princeton, for the cooperative effort on their
part which has made the Center possible. Each institution has made
a heavy financial contribution to the Center for the next three years.
It goes without saying that we are also deeply grateful to the Mellon
Foundation and the NEH for the trust which they have lodged in our

Again, we thank you for your patience and look forward to working with
you in the years ahead.