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Webinars for Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions, 5/20 and 5/29

by on April 24, 2014

I’m pleased to host two webinars to discuss the grant announcement for Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions.

Changes in the grant announcement mean that current recipients and new applicants are encouraged to attend.

The first is Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 3:00 pm EDT

The second is Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 2:00 pm EDT

To join either, you use the same link:

If you have questions you wish me to address, please email me at

Lucy Barber

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical records of national significance. 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The goal of this program is to provide access to and editorial context for the historical documents and records that tell the American story. The NHPRC encourages projects, whenever possible and appropriate, to provide access to these materials in a free and open online environment, without precluding other forms of publication.

Grants are awarded for collecting, describing, preserving, compiling, editing, and publishing documentary source materials in print and online. Because of the focus on documentary sources, grants do not support preparation of critical editions of published works unless such works are just a small portion of the larger project.

All applicants should be aware that the application process is highly competitive. Applicants from ongoing project must demonstrate that they have successfully achieved the performance objectives associated with previous NHPRC awards, provide updated, current information, including a description of the new activities, progress towards preparing the edition, and a justification of the new budget.

If a currently-funded project is preparing only a print edition, they must either complete the project by 2018 or make plans to prepare an online edition by 2018. In the latter instance, projects may also prepare print editions as part of their overall publishing plan. Print-only editions should contact the NHPRC staff for technical assistance in preparing an application.

New projects and projects that have never received an NHPRC grant must include plans for an online edition and apply at the second deadline (December 4, 2014). Such projects may also prepare print editions as part of their overall publishing plan.

Applicants may apply for funding for one year. Award amounts may range from $30,000 to $200,000. Depending on the availability of funding, the Commission expects to make as many as 25 grants in this category, for a total of up to $2,500,000. Grants begin no earlier than March 1, 2015.

There are two deadlines:

Any currently funded NHPRC documentary edition project

Draft (optional): June 16, 2014

Final Deadline: August 27, 2014

NHPRC support begins no earlier than March 1, 2015.

Any currently funded NHPRC documentary edition project and any project seeking first time support

Draft (optional): October 1, 2014

Final Deadline: December 4, 2014

NHPRC support begins no earlier than July 1, 2015.


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