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

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.

National Archives Releases Official Version of the “Pentagon Papers”

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 more >

NARA Releases Report on Analysis of Haldeman Notes

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

Library of Congress Seeking Kluge Fellowship Applicants

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.

Philanthropist Rubenstein Makes $13.5 Million Gift to National Archives Foundation

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.

NEH Awards Grants for Civil War Programs

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.

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

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 more >

Title VI/Fulbright-Hays International Education Programs Zeroed Out

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 more >

NHPRC FY ’12 Funding Faces Drastic Cuts

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.