New NEH Grant to Digitize Family Records

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced “Common Heritage,” the first grant of its kind, to make “light historical records and artifacts currently hidden in family attics and basements” available to the public. In announcing the initiative, NEH Chairman William “Bro” Adams said, “We know that America’s cultural heritage isn’t found only in libraries more >


New Website Brings More Than Fifty Years of American Broadcasting to Public

The Library of Congress and the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) recently launched a new website (http://americanarchive.org) to provide access to a large collection of American public radio and television content dating back to the 1950s. The AAPB is a collaboration between the Library of Congress, WGBH Boston and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. more >


Notable Grant Awards of 2015

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Park Service (NPS), and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) recently announced recipients for their major grants programs. The NEH awarded 232 grants totaling $22.8 million in funding. Grantees included projects that will develop new digital tools, preserve and create access to historic collections, more >


GAO Issues Report Critical of IT Services at the Library of Congress

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report criticizing the Library of Congress (LOC) information technology (IT) services. The GAO found numerous critical weaknesses and made 31 recommendations including the expedited hiring of a permanent Chief Information Officer. The investigation was performed at the request of the House Appropriations Committee. The GAO found more >


Presidential & Federal Records Act Enacted into Law

In December 2014, President Obama signed into law the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014 (PL 113-187). This is a major victory for the National Coalition for History and the community of historians who have been advocating for the passage of Presidential Records Act (PRA) reform legislation since the issuance of President George more >


NCH Endorses "Adjunct Faculty Loan Fairness Act" (S. 2712)

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) recently introduced S. 2712, the “Adjunct Faculty Loan Fairness Act of 2014.” The bill would allow part-time faculty – who are often paid low wages with few benefits – to be eligible to participate in the federal student loan forgiveness program for public servants. NCH has sent a letter to Senator more >


NCH Issues Statement on the Revised AP History Framework

In recent months, the newly developed framework for the Advance Placement (AP) in U.S. History exam, issued by The College Board, has sparked controversy across the country. On September 3, the National Coalition for History sent a letter to the State Boards of Education in eight states (Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas, more >


House Appropriations Committee Restores Proposed Cuts in NEH FY 15 Budget

On July 15, the House Appropriations Committee adopted the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies FY 15 funding bill. The Appropriations Committee included $146 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The Committee added $8 million in funding for the NEH, up from the $138 million level recommended by the Interior appropriations subcommittee.