Archive for June, 2011

Action Alert: House Prosposes Cutting NHPRC Funding to $1 Million

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government has cleared a bill providing only $1 million for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) in FY ’12. The House figure would be a 90% reduction—which would cripple this already modest program that is so important to archives and historians nationwide. Read the full article »

National Archives Releases Official Version of the “Pentagon Papers”

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

On June 13, 2011, the National Archives and the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon Presidential Libraries released in its entirety the official Report of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Vietnam Task Force (commonly referred to as the Pentagon Papers). This marked the 40th anniversary of the leak of these Papers by the New York Times. Read the full article »

NARA Releases Report on Analysis of Haldeman Notes

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero recently accepted the final report of the National Archives Forensic Document Examination Team which tested two pages of handwritten notes of H. R. “Bob” Haldeman, a chief of staff to President Richard M. Nixon, 1969-1973. The report is online at www.archives.gov/research/investigations/watergate/haldeman-notes.html Read the full article »

Library of Congress Seeking Kluge Fellowship Applicants

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is accepting applications for Kluge Fellowships that offer post-doctoral scholars an opportunity to conduct humanistic and social-science research in the Library’s large and varied collections. Read the full article »

Philanthropist Rubenstein Makes $13.5 Million Gift to National Archives Foundation

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

The Foundation for the National Archives has received a $13.5 million gift from philanthropist David M. Rubenstein. This gift, the largest single contribution ever received by the Foundation for the National Archives, will help create a new permanent exhibition gallery as well as a visitor orientation plaza at the Archives’ flagship building in Washington, DC. Read the full article »

NEH Awards Grants for Civil War Programs

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Sixty-five libraries throughout the United States have been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) to host public reading and discussion programs around the Civil War. Read the full article »

Report Shows Little Improvement in K-12 U.S. History Proficiency

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Performance on the U.S. History 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) at Grades 4, 8, and 12 has shown some overall improvement since 1994. However, the only progress since 2006 was at grade eight, with significant improvement of Black and Hispanic eighth grade scores over these years. Performance by fourth and twelfth graders remained unchanged compared to 2006. Read the full article »

Title VI/Fulbright-Hays International Education Programs Zeroed Out

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Funding for the Department of Education’s Title VI/Fulbright-Hays International Education programs has been cut by $50 million (or 40%) for the current fiscal year (from $126 million in FY 2010 to $76 million in FY 2011). It is critical that you write your Members of Congress now and ask them to restore funding for these programs in the FY 2012 federal budget. Read the full article »

No New Teaching American History Grants Awarded in FY ’11

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

The Department of Education has announced no new Teaching American History (TAH) Grants will be made in fiscal year (FY) 2011. All $46 million in available funds were awarded to existing TAH program grantees. Read the full article »

NHPRC FY ’12 Funding Faces Drastic Cuts

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Please write your Members of Congress and ask them to support the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC), the “grant-making” arm of the National Archives & Records Administration. Letters are needed to urge Congress to provide fiscal year 2012 funding of $10 million for the NHPRC’s regular grants programs. Read the full article »

Support Federal Funding for the Humanities

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Please write your Members of Congress and ask them to support the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) by requesting $167.5 million in fiscal year (FY) 2012 funding for the agency. This would restore NEH funding to the same level the agency received in FY ‘10. Read the full article »

The Nation’s Report Card: U.S. History 2010 To Be Released June 14

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Please join the National Assessment Governing Board on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 11 a.m. EDT for a live webinar to release the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) U.S. History 2010, Grades, 4, 8, and 12. Read the full article »

NHPRC Awards $3.9 Million in Grants

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

At its recent spring meeting, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) recommended to the Archivist of the United States 45 grants of $3,885,856 for projects in 24 states and the District of Columbia. Read the full article »

President Appoints Five Members to National Humanities Council

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

The National Endowment for the Humanities recently announced that five prominent humanities scholars and advocates, Albert J. Beveridge III, Constance M. Carroll, Cathy N. Davidson, Paula Barker Duffy, and Martha Wagner Weinberg have been appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Council on the Humanities. Read the full article »