Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero recently awarded 40 grants totaling $2.5 million for historical records projects in 27 states and the District of Columbia. The National Archives grants program is carried out through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
Nearly $700,000 in funding went for State and National Archives Partnership (SNAP) grants to enable 23 state historical records advisory boards to carry out their mission to support archival education and strengthen the nation’s archival network. One of the most important parts of the SNAP program is to enable states to “regrant” funds, providing opportunities for small historical records repositories to carry out local projects. In addition, the Oregon State Archives received an Electronic Records grant to support a two-year project to manage and preserve the records of the Governor’s office and to work with the Washington State Digital Archives to create a regional system of managing state government electronic records from creation to final disposition.
Publishing Grants totaling $1.27 million were recommended for 10 publishing projects from the U.S. Colonial and Early National Period, including the papers of Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and John Jay. Two projects that exist solely as digital editions—The Dolley Madison Digital Edition and the Papers of the War Department—also received support, and the Commission endorsed the Jonathan Edwards Collaborative Online Publication Projectas a way of encouraging private sector support for its efforts.
Digitizing Historical Records grants, totaling $400,000, went to six projects, including a partnership among the Atlanta Historical Society, the Digital Library of Georgia, the Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Georgia, and the Georgia Historical Society to digitize 81,319 documents pertaining to the American Civil War. The University of Washington will digitize its J. Willis Sayre Photograph Collection, documenting American vaudeville, theater, and other performing arts; the Minnesota Historical Society will digitize 32,000 pages of annotated speeches and 200 audio recordings by U.S. Senator and Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978); and Texas Tech University will digitize approximately 250,000 pages of Orderly Departure Program Application Files of the Families of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association Collection.
Kathleen Williams, Executive Director of the NHPRC, presented the grant applications and policy issues to the full Commission at its most recent meeting, including an update on the cooperative agreement with the University of Virginia Press to create a new website featuring the papers of the Founders of the United States of America. The Commission also welcomed its newest member, Judge Jeremy D. Fogel, appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, to represent the Federal judiciary.
The Archivist of the United States is the Chairman of the 15-member Commission, which includes representatives from all three branches of the Federal government as well as the leading archival and historical professional associations. Established in 1934 with the National Archives, it awards grants for preserving, publishing, and providing access to the nation’s historical documents.