Access to Historical Records
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission proposes a revised grant program to promote the preservation and use of the nation’s most valuable archival resources. This grant program is designed to support repositories in preserving and processing primary source materials of national significance. The program emphasizes the creation of online tools that facilitate the public discovery of historical records. We invite your comments and suggestions for this program.
The Commission looks to fund projects that undertake the following activities:
- Preservation, arrangement, and online description of historical records in all formats
- Digital preservation of electronic records and unstable audio and visual formats
After completing one or both of those activities, applicants may also propose to digitize materials to provide online access to collections.
To increase the online availability of the nation’s most valuable archival materials, the Access to Historical Records grant program encourages applicants to submit work plans to both process and digitize entire series or collections. Applicants that intend solely to digitize materials will be asked to submit proposals to the Online Publishing of Historical Records grant program.
A grant normally is for one to two years and for up to $200,000. The Commission expects to make up to 14 grants in this category for a total of up to $1,000,000. Grants begin no earlier than January 1, 2015.
Application deadlines: DRAFT May 5, 2014; FINAL July 8, 2014.
Please read the attached Access to Historical Records draft grant announcement. We welcome your comments here on the NHPRC blog – please supply any comments by March 31, 2014.