This project would not have been possible without the assistance, advice, and support of a number of people:
Indiana University's African Studies Program provided funding for the project from its U.S. Department of Educations Title VI grant. We would like to express our gratitude. Special recognition goes to Director John Hanson for his continued encouragement and support of the project.
We would also like to thank the Indiana University Libraries for their moral and financial support of the project. For advice, stimulating criticism and understanding we would like to thank Dean Suzanne Thorin, Ruth Lilly University Dean of University Libraries, Martha Brogan, former Director of Collection Development and Associate Dean (1998-2002); Cecile Jagodzinski, Director of Collection Development and Digital Scholarship, and Moira Smith, Librarian for Folklore, Anthropology, Sociology, and Gender Studies.
We cannot thank members of Indiana Universitys Digital Library Program (DLP) enough. Their expert advice and technical expertise about questions of software, web design, and encoding was invaluable. Special thanks go to Kris Brancolini, DLPs Director, and Perry Willett, its Associate Director. Their willingness to host the project on DLPs server means that we can provide free access to users anywhere in the world. Thanks also to Jenn Riley, DLPs Digital Media Specialist and her wonderful Graduate Assistant, Ning Zou. Their expertise in digitizing, web design and the encoding of text was crucial for launching the project. Their patience, understanding and enthusiasm were wonderful. We appreciate their time and efforts on behalf of the project. We would also like to thank Jon Dunn, DLP, for his input, and John Walsh, DLP/Library Electronic Text Resource Service (LETRS) for his advice on the Unipad software and on the hyperlinking of Biblical translations.
Parts of the research for this project were conducted at the Presbyterian Historical Society Archives in Philadelphia (to view personnel and other files related to the Nasir mission station) and the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College (to view correspondence deposited by Eleanor Vandevort). We would like to express our gratitude to the helpful staff of the Presbyterian Historical Society Archives in Philadelphia, and to archivists Robert Shuster and Wayne Weber at the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College for their assistance.
A special note of thanks goes to Li Zhou, Nicold Pittman, Nesrin Omer, and Qing Wei. Without their tireless efforts, enthusiasm, and competent assistance, this project would not have been possible.
Last, but not least, we wish to thank Eleanor Vandevort. Her donation of field notes to IU´s African Studies Collection started this project. Her enthusiasm, sense of humor, constant encouragement, and patience sustained it.
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