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The rise of digital historical resources

From the very first year of NHPRC funding, the Commission has embraced new technologies to increase public access to historical records. In the beginning, the strategy was to fund both historical documentary editions in print publications and the microfilming of collections of historical records. Microfilm editions were effective ways for editors to assemble records from […]

JFK on the National Historical Publications and Records Commission

On June 17, 1963, President John Kennedy hosted a luncheon at the White House for the editors and sponsors of the historical documentary editions of the papers of the Founders and other leading figures in American history. At the luncheon, he endorsed the idea of funding for the National Historical Publications Commission (as the NHPRC […]

Ike’s Thank You

A week after the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944, General Dwight Eisenhower sent the following message on June 13 to the Troops of the Allied Expeditionary Forces after touring the Normandy beachhead: “One week ago this morning there was established through your coordinated efforts, our first foot-hold in Northwestern Europe. High as was my […]

Pickles and Steel!

The Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh received an NHPRC grant to support a two-year project to process 13 collections that document business and industries in western Pennsylvania, 1844-2002. The Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania was established in 1879 and began doing business as the Senator John Heinz History Center (HHC) in 1996. HHC […]

Recorded Webinar on Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions

The webinar on the grant announcement for the NHPRC Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions held on Tuesday, May 20, 3:00 PM EDT was recorded. You can watch and listen here: If you have questions, please ask.

John Adams meets George III

Read all about the meeting of United States Minister John Adams with King George III and take a look at how the report was dramatized on HBO’s “John Adams.”  

Archives Leadership Institute Grant Announcement

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals from organizations to continue the Archives Leadership Institute. First funded in 2008, the Archives Leadership Institute seeks to bring to tomorrow’s leaders the insights and understanding necessary for increasing public use and appreciation of archives. The Commission expects to make one award for up to three […]

National Archives Awards $2.62 Million in Grants for Documentary Editing and Archival Projects

Washington, DC…Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero has awarded 30 grants totaling $2.62 million for historical records projects in 18 states and the District of Columbia. The National Archives grants program is carried out through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. A complete list of new grants is available online at […]


Lots of big changes here at the NHPRC over the past few months. You can read all about our new grant programs, meet our new Commission Member, and check out stories about some ongoing projects at

New Deadline for Comments is March 31st

Given the extensive changes being proposed and in response to requests, the NHPRC has extended the comment period on the proposed DRAFT grant guidelines in all six categories. The new deadline to submit comments is Monday, March 31, 2014.  We ask that you share your thoughts by posting them on the NHPRC blog.  As always, […]