Queen’s Disraeli Project grant endorses the importance of humanities research and scholarship
The Queen’s Disraeli Project has been awarded a grant of $526,000 by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of New York. This grant is seen as a ringing endorsement of the importance of research and scholarship in the Humanities.
“This wonderfully generous grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation quite simply means the difference between life and death for the Disraeli Project. This endorsement of the project that has been the focus of my career for nearly three decades has been both humbling and exhilarating, emotions that have now been further extended by my Alma Mater, the University of Manitoba, by offering me an honorary degree in recognition of the project’s accomplishments,” says Disraeli Project Director, Mel Wiebe.
The Disraeli Project is a Queen’s research unit engaged in collecting, editing and publishing the complete correspondence of Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield, the Victorian novelist and Queen Victoria’s favourite prime minister. The Project in its edition of Benjamin Disraeli Letters, with Volume 8 about to be submitted to the press, has now edited over 4,000 letters to great international critical acclaim, leaving many more than an equal number still to be done. The Project’s massive collection of Disraeli letters and related materials is one of the largest of its kind in the world and has been collected from over 300 locations world-wide.
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