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by on June 3, 2014


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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 is considered the largest history museum in Pennsylvania. The Library and Archives Division is responsible for documenting the history and culture of western Pennsylvania and its regional, national, and global contexts by collecting, preserving, and providing access to primary and secondary sources. More than 860 finding aids are available online and 5,000 images are available on Historic Pittsburgh (digital.library.pitt.edu/pittsburgh). HHC has also recently established a website called Life in Western Pennsylvania (lifeinwesternpa.org) which provides access to over 800 images and 12 moving image clips.

In 2011, the NHPRC awarded a grant to HHC for the basic-level processing of over 600 collections totaling 2,130 linear feet. These collections date from the late-18th century to the present and document business and industry, ethnic communities, arts organizations, religious groups, civic entities, and politics.

Business and industry collections are among those most frequently requested by researchers and are used by a wide range of researchers, including high school and college students, curators planning exhibits, academics, genealogists, documentary producers, and authors of both scholarly and general interest publications. The collections targeted for this project include records of influential Pittsburgh-based companies such as Westinghouse, Alcoa, Heinz, and U.S. Steel, as well as several smaller firms. These records, which document the beginning and evolution of the nation’s aluminum, glass, consumer electronics, steel, energy, food, and financial services industries, reveal diverse aspects of these companies and shed light on initiatives to recruit immigrants, women, and minorities to the workforce; World War I and II production efforts; labor union strife; national transportation systems and infrastructure; the rise and fall of manufacturing; the evolution of advertising; and the emergence of the multinational corporation.



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: https://connect16.uc.att.com/gsa1/meet/?RecordingKey=9F59B957-C065-48D9-A695-DFF6A2D0C690

If you have questions, please ask.



Read all about the meeting of United States Minister John Adams with King George III https://www.facebook.com/nhprc/posts/10152178244468333 and take a look at how the report was dramatized on HBO’s “John Adams.”

 



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 years with the expectation that an institute will take place each year beginning in 2016. Applicants may propose to host two or three institutes, depending on the total time period of their projects. The total award will be up to $225,000.

  • Draft (optional) Deadline:   October 1, 2014
  • Final Deadline:   December 4, 2014

NHPRC support begins no earlier than July 1, 2015.

Read the full announcement at http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/announcement/leadership.html



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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 http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/awards/awards-5-14.html

Grants totaling $1.1 million were recommended for 14 documentary editing projects to publish the papers of key American figures including Andrew Jackson, Walt Whitman, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Martin Luther King, Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, and the Presidential Recordings project.

Grants totaling $1.5 million were recommended for 15 archival projects, including: projects to process the records of Oklahoma City; state government archives in South Dakota; the gubernatorial records of three Pennsylvania governors and former Arkansas Governor Jim “Guy” Tucker; labor records at the Reuther Library Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs at Wayne State University; emancipation records in Maryland; and records from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. An Innovation grant was awarded to George Washington University to explore innovative methods to facilitate the preservation and use of social media collections by developing viable preservation tools.

Pictured here is a copy of a manumission record from the Maryland State Archives.

NHPRC News

by on April 30, 2014


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 http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/newsletter/2014/april/.

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I would like to bring to your attention two upcoming webinars regarding the NHPRC’s proposed new grant program for State Board Programming Grants. This program replaces the former State and National Archival Partnership (SNAP) grant program. The webinar schedule and instructions appear at the end of this message.

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals that strengthen the nation’s archival network through activities undertaken by state historical records advisory boards (SHRABs). The purpose of this grant program is to assist state boards to enhance access to historical records, increase citizen engagement with records, and provide learning and development opportunities for students, citizens and professional archivists. The Commission will award grants to State Historical Records Advisory Boards to:

– Provide educational and outreach programs, workshops, and other activities that enhance citizen and student engagement with historical records

– Operate state-based regrant and scholarship programs that advance access to historical records.

– Collaborate on projects with other organizations to address common problems or shared opportunities within a state or among a consortium of state archives.

– Hold or participate in meetings and public forums on statewide or national archival issues.

Applicants may apply for grants of up to $40,000 for 12-month projects or up to $80,000 for 24-month projects. A portion of the funding may be used for costs to administer and operate proposed board activities.

The NHPRC expects to award approximately 30 grants in this program. The total amount allocated for this program is up to $700,000. Grants begin no earlier than March 1, 2015.

Application deadlines: DRAFT June 16, 2014; FINAL August 27, 2014.

Webinars will be held on the following dates and times:

Wednesday, May 7 @ 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Tuesday, June 24 @ 4:00 p.m. Eastern

Webinar attendees will need to click on the following link:

https://connect16.uc.att.com/gsa1/meet/?ExEventID=84603403

and enter their name and email address.

 



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: https://connect16.uc.att.com/gsa1/meet/?ExEventID=86503625

If you have questions you wish me to address, please email me at lucy.barber@nara.gov

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.



I would like to bring to your attention three upcoming webinars regarding NHPRC’s proposed new grant program for Access to Historical Records. The webinar schedule and instructions appear at the end of this message.
 
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission invites applications for its new archival 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. 
 
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 arrangement and description 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 Digital Dissemination of Archival Collections 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 March 1, 2015.
 
Application deadlines: DRAFT June 16, 2014; FINAL August 27, 2014.
 
Webinars will be held on the following dates and times: 
 
Thursday, 8 May @ 2:30 p.m. Eastern 
Friday, 16 May @ 2:30 p.m. Eastern
Wednesday, 21 May @ 4:00 p.m. Eastern
 
Webinar attendees will need to click on the following link (https://connect16.uc.att.com/gsa1/meet/?ExEventID=87508535) and enter their name and email address. 


Today you will find the NHPRC grant programs for FY2015 posted on our website with links to the grant application forms that appear on Grants.gov. The link to our grant announcements page is located at the following URL: http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/announcement/

The NHPRC programs are as follows:

Access to Historical Records

State Board Programming Grants

Literacy and Engagement with Historical Records

State Government Electronic Records

Digital Dissemination of Archival Collections

Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions

The many comments we received over the past several weeks assisted the Commission in developing these programs, so thanks again to all of those blog followers who shared their thoughts.

The staff will be scheduling a series of webinars for each grant program in the near future, so please watch this blog, the professional listservs and the NHPRC website and facebook page for the webinar schedule as we get it developed. And in the meantime, if you have questions, PLEASE contact the grant officer listed for the program(s) you are interested in. S/he will be very happy to answer your questions and, in addition, your questions will help us develop effective FAQs and webinar content.