Online Publishing of Historical Records
The NHPRC has long been focused on providing public access to the nation’s most significant historical records. With this purpose in mind, it has funded documentary editions of those records for many years, first in print editions and later as well in digital formats online.
The Commission wishes to expand its support of online publishing to enhance online public access to primary sources. Grants will be awarded for all stages of publishing historical records online, including, compiling, digitizing, transcribing, and annotating documentary source materials. In particular, the Commission seeks applications that focus on digitizing, transcribing, annotating, or any combination of these core activities. Digitizing activities are included in this program as a preliminary form of publishing online. Applications are welcome from both documentary editing projects and from archives and other repositories with primary source materials looking to publish major collections of historical records online.
Both traditional documentary editions which publish in print and online formats and new digital projects are encouraged to apply for support. The NHPRC will not support print-only editions in this grant program.
All ongoing documentary editions that have received NHPRC grants but do not publish an online edition or do not provide free public access to your edition should apply for support in the Publishing Historical Records Online: Transition Support grant program. Our hope is that grant funds will assist you in going online. However, there are a small number of projects that cannot publish online editions or provide free access. We may provide funds for print-only projects that currently receive NHPRC support, as long as their completion date is no later than FY 2018.
Projects may focus on the papers of major figures from American life or cover broad historical movements in politics, military, business, social reform, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience. The historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project. The Commission will not consider proposals that charge for access.
Further details about Online Publishing of Historical Records:
- Draft (optional): August 1, 2014; Final Deadline: October 8, 2014
Award amounts can range from $20,000 to $175,000 per year. The Commission expects to make as many as 35 grants in this category, for a total of up to $2,500,000
Please read the Online Publishing of Historical Records draft announcement.
Further details about Publishing Historical Records Online: Transition Support:
- Draft (optional): May 5, 2014; Final Deadline: July 8, 2014
Award amounts may range from $30,000 to $175,000. The Commission expects to make as many as 8 grants in this category, for a total of up to $700,000.
Please read the Publishing Historical Records Online: Transition Support draft announcement.
We welcome your comments here on the NHPRC blog – please supply any comments by March 31st.
The first webinar was held on February 20, 2014: To listen to a digital recording of this call, dial the USA Toll-free telephone number 877-471-6587 or USA Caller Paid telephone number 1-402-970-2667 and enter program ID 215031941001.
The second webinar was held on February 25, 2014. To listen to a recording, go to https://connect16.uc.att.com/gsa1/meet/?RecordingKey=89DBFB3E-458E-491F-A85A-EDDE3C63CCC4