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TR and the Archives

Have you been watching “The Roosevelts” on PBS? Bully! As many know, President Franklin Roosevelt was instrumental in the creation of the National Archives, signing the 1934 Act that established both the Archives and the National Historical Publications Commission (later renamed as the National Historical Publications and Records Commission). But it was President Theodore Roosevelt […]

Literacy and Engagement with Primary Sources (Webinar on 9/11, 3 pm ET)

As I prepare to receive our first applications funding Literacy and Engagements with Historical Sources (drafts due 10/1/14, final 12/4/14), I often reflect on my first experiments with trying to have college students use documents on the web in the 1990s. It wasn’t always easy for them. Undergraduates were not all comfortable on the web. […]

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Grantees

Hoorah! Whether you are a first time applicant or a seasoned veteran of the grant application process, that feeling of success on receiving a “thumbs up” from the NHPRC, or any funder, never gets old. You competed successfully and the funding for your project is secured. Take a well deserved bow! Now that you have […]

Preservation and Access

Two articles about digitization came across my desk this week; you probably saw them too. One argued for a re-prioritization of work so that more funds could be devoted to the preservation of audiovisual materials. The other explored the work of an organization seeking out and scanning old meteorological data that only exists on paper […]

Project Archivist Shares Thoughts on His Early Career and NHPRC’s Role

When I came to work as the Project Archives Assistant on the NHPRC grant at Appalachian State in the Fall of 2012, my only prior experience working in the archives was limited to a few months as a student. My interests lie primarily in absorbing knowledge concerned with the history and folklore of the Appalachian […]

Your Call Is Important to Us

All of the NHPRC’s program officers are at the joint annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA), and the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) this week.  We are fortunate that  this meeting is being held in the Woodley Park neighborhood of Washington, DC, […]

Webinars for NHPRC Grant Applicants

We’ve scheduled webinars for people interested in applying for a grant from the NHPRC: Application deadlines: DRAFT October 1, 2014; FINAL December 4, 2014. Digital Dissemination of Archival Collections program with Nancy Melley. The National Historical Publications and Records Commission invites applications for its new archival grant program to expand access to the nation’s most […]

Six Degrees of Richard Nixon

Forty years ago, on August 9, 1974, Richard Nixon resigned as President of the United States. The troubled conclusion to his term in office was the result of the Watergate investigations, but to understand the history, we must understand the man. Tracing the history of Richard Nixon illustrates the unique role that the National Archives […]

Webinars on Digital Dissemination grants

We’ve scheduled four webinars for people interested in applying for a grant under Digital Dissemination of Archival Collections program. The National Historical Publications and Records Commission invites applications for its new archival grant program to expand access to the nation’s most valuable archival resources. This grant program is designed to support the digitization of primary […]

The Art of Pitching

There is a lot of “pitching” that goes on at the NHPRC each summer. But alas, I am not referring to baseball. Summer is a particularly valuable time for us to describe our grants programs to potential applicants. What’s the same and what’s new? What does it take for an application to be really competitive? […]