March 4, 2021

National Historical Publications and Records Commission / NARA Award 30 Access, Digitization, Editing Projects $3.2 Million in Grants

From the National Historical Publications and Records (NHPRC) Commission / National Archives and Records Administration (NARA):

nhprc-logo-mArchivist of the United States David S. Ferriero has awarded 30 proposals totaling $3,183,844 for projects in 19 states.

The National Archives grants program is carried out through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

A complete list of new grants is available online.

Grants went to 16 documentary editing projects to publish the papers of key American figures, including three new projects—the Yale Indian Papers Project, the Robert Treat Paine Papers, and the Pinckney Statesmen of South Carolina. A grant also went to the Association for Documentary Editing to hold the Institute for Editing Historical Documents, now in its 45th year.

Five projects will undertake digitization and publishing historical records collections online documenting: the 1970 shootings at Kent State; James R. Mead, the plainsman and co-founder of Wichita, Kansas; the late 19th century president of Johns Hopkins University Daniel C. Gilman; printed materials from the Pan Am World Airways collection at the University of Miami; and American writer Hamlin Garland. A project at the Bancroft Library will also process approximately 500 linear feet drawn from 13 environmental organizations’ collections.

Three projects will process electronic records from State governments in Colorado, Illinois, and Alabama. Efforts to increase public engagement and use of archives will take place at the University of Rochester with work on the Seward Family papers; the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s collaborative to introduce middle and high school students to use historical records to track wildlife species and study forests; a family history project for 10th graders in Queens, New York; and a history curriculum initiative in South Carolina using historical documents in digital collections.

The NHPRC also unveiled its new Strategic Plan which will launch leadership initiatives in new methods of publishing historical records, public engagement, digital preservation, and partnerships with the states. In addition, the Commission combined several grant categories into a single Access to Historical Records with two tiers of funding for Major Initiatives and for Archives Projects.

Direct to Detailed List of New Grants/Amount of Award

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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