The Walker Percy Project, available at no cost to Percy scholars, students, and general readers over the web, is a comprehensive educational resource on the important late 20th century American novelist and philosopher it has as its subject.
Founded in 1995, the Walker Percy Educational Project was formally incorporated in Louisiana as a not-for-profit organization in March 1997. In September 1997, the organization received 501(c)3 tax-exempt status from the IRS. The Project's Master Plan reflects multiple programs focused on developing online materials and discussion opportunities.
Because the Project is Internet-based, its educational resources and program activities are offered through its website. Not supported by the budget of any university, the Project is managed by a volunteer staff and board and assisted through in-kind support from organizational sponsors.
The online content of the Project is diverse and substantial, including essays by leading Percy scholars, comprehensive and current bibliographies, original photographs and personal remembrances, and interactive learning exhibits on Percy. For the future, the Project seeks to offer more multimedia materials, including audio and video footage of Percy and of commentators on his work.
The Project has used numerous programs to date to involve people in its discussion, research, and educational activities. Among these are: Percy-L group discussion, student annotations projects, volunteer opportunities, and scholarly essay requests. Consistently, over 100 individuals from around the world subscribe to Percy-L.
The Project has received national publicity through appearances in literary journals, professional publications, newspaper articles, and magazine stories. Select venues include: The Southern Quarterly, New Orleans Magazine, Austin-American Statesman, Texas Monthly, the Walker Percy Society Delta Factor Newsletter, and Publications of the Modern Language Association.
The Walker Percy Project is an independent, non-profit educational organization. Though the Project is hosted by the Ibiblio Network of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, it is not formally associated with any university, government, state, or local agency.