Archive for December, 2010

Congress Postpones Tough Decisions on FY 2011 Federal Budget

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Before adjourning sine die, the 111th Congress passed, and President Obama signed into law, a continuing resolution (CR) (H.R. 3082) for fiscal year (FY) 2011 that keeps federal government agencies funded until March 4, 2011. FY ‘11 agency budgets were frozen at FY 2010 funding levels. Read the full article »

Congress Passes IMLS Authorization Bill

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

On December 22, President Obama signed into law S. 3984, the “Museum and Library Services Act of 2010.” The bill would authorize funding for fiscal years (FY) 2011—2016 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Read the full article »

NHPRC Announces $4 Million In Grants

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

At its December meeting, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) awarded 53 grants totaling $4 million for projects in 31 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Read the full article »

Founding Fathers Advisory Committee Holds Inaugural Meeting

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

The Founding Fathers Advisory Committee (FFAC) held its initial meeting at the National Archives on December 13. The FFAC was established to provide the Archivist of the United States advice and recommendations on issues relating to the goals, performance, productivity and completion of the Founding Fathers papers projects currently being funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). Read the full article »

Advisory Committee on the Records of Congress Meeting

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

On December 6, the Advisory Committee on the Records of Congress (ACRC) met at the U.S Capitol Visitors Center. Read the full article »

State Department Historical Advisory Committee Meets

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

The State Department’s Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation (HAC) met on December 13. The Historical Advisory Committee (HAC) reviews records, advises, and makes recommendations to the Office of the Historian concerning the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) documentary series. Read the full article »

National Archives Unveils New Archives.gov Website

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

On December 13, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) launched a redesigned web site (www.archives.gov) as part of its Open Government Initiative. Read the full article »

National Declassification Center Issues Prioritization Plan

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

The National Archives National Declassification Center (NDC) recently released its 2011 Prioritization Plan for eliminating the 400+ million page backlog of reviewed, but unavailable archival records. President Obama has charged the National Archives with eliminating the backlog by December 2013. Read the full article »

NEH Announces $23 Million in Grants and Offers

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced $23 million in grants for 371 humanities projects. Read the full article »

New Nazi War Crimes Report Released

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

The National Archives has released to Congress a new report on Nazi War Crimes: Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, U.S. Intelligence, and the Cold War. The report is based on findings from newly-declassified decades-old Army and CIA records released under the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act of 1998 (the Act). Read the full article »

President Announces Three Nominees to National Humanities Council

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

President Barack Obama recently announced his intent to nominate three individuals to the National Council on the Humanities. Read the full article »

Eisenhower Library Releases New Records on Ike’s Farewell Speech

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Recently discovered memos, letters, and drafts documenting the evolution and writing of the most famous presidential farewell address in modern American history are now open to researchers at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. The Eisenhower Presidential Library received the material from Grant Moos, son of Malcolm Moos, a special assistant to President Eisenhower and his chief speechwriter at the time of the speech. Read the full article »

Nixon Presidential Library Releases Additional Materials

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

The National Archives Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California recently opened 265 hours of White House Tapes, over 140,000 pages of presidential records and 75 hours of video oral histories. All of the White House tapes and selected documents are available online at: www.nixonlibrary.gov. Read the full article »

Advisory Committee on Presidential Library-Foundations (correction)

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Contrary to a previous article on the Advisory Committee on Presidential Library-Foundations, the Archivist of the United States David Ferriero has not made any personnel announcements in conjunction with the on-going National Archives reorganization. It

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was mistakenly reported here that Sharon Fawcett, the current director of NARA’s Presidential Library system, had been named to head a new Department of Library and Museum Services. That is not the case and we apologize for posting this incorrect information. Read the full article »