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Published in Great Plains Quarterly (GPQ 9 (Spring 1989): 125-130).Copyright 1989 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska—Lincoln.


T his study covers the state humanities councils in the Great Plains for the four year period 1983-86. Biennial reports to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), upon which the study is based, are staggered for the convenience of NEH reviewers. As a result my data are either for 1983-84 or for 1985-86. I chose this time frame because by 1983 most state councils had been in existence for at least ten years and were past the years of experimentation and because the data available in these reports are presented consistently. I have included the ten Great Plains states-North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico-and three adjoining midwestern states--Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. While this sample is, admittedly, small with respect to number of states and period of activities, it is nonetheless indicative of the means by which state councils have promoted and supported projects in the humanities sponsored by cultural and educational institutions. I have defined cultural institutions as museums, libraries, historical societies, and centers for the performing arts. The educational institutions are primarily those of higher education, colleges and universities. Radio, television, and film production facilities are also included in the study.