National Historical Publications & Records Commission

District of Columbia Grants

NHPRC Grants by State and Territory


  • Entries span the dates of projects funded in that state since 1976.
  • Each list is categorized by:
    1. Records Projects
    2. Publications Projects
  • Each award is identified in parentheses by the year of the award and grant number.

These District of Columbia grants span 1978 - 2014

Records Projects

George Washington University, Washington, DC
$130,405 to support a three-year project to explore innovative methods to facilitate the preservation and use of social media collections by developing viable preservation tools as well as collection development, records and metadata capture, and storage policies. (DI50017-14)

Historical Society of Washington, D.C., Washington, DC
$155,500 to support a two-year project to improve access to its archival collections, including uncovering 700 cubic feet of "hidden" collections, such as documents on the "Reading is Fundamental" program, the papers of Mary Day, founder of the Washington Ballet, and the Records of the Anacostia Coordinating Council. (RB50061-09)

District of Columbia Public Library, Washington, DC
$42,000 to fund the third year of a project to preserve and improve access to the Washington Star photograph collection which contains over a million images that document life in the nation's capital from the late 1930s to 1981, when the Star closed. (2005-47)

Howard University, Washington, DC
$49,339 for the Phineas Indritz Papers Project, to preserve and process the Indritz Papers (1932-1997). Indritz (1917-1997) was an attorney in the employ of both the Department of the Interior and the House of Representatives, and additionally had a large pro bono practice in civil rights law. (2004-103)

Washingtoniana Division, District of Columbia Public Library, Washington, DC
$39,140 to fund the second year of a two-year project to preserve and improve access to the Washington Star photograph collection. (2003-094)

Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, DC
$240,741 for its Carnegie Legacy Project to arrange, describe, and provide reference to the historical records of the Institution's headquarters, its Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, and its Geophysical Laboratory. (2003-068)

District of Columbia Government, Office of Public Records, Washington, DC
$5,000 in partial support of the District Board's work. (2003-039)

Washingtoniana Division, District of Columbia Public Library, Washington, DC
$39,140 for its Photographic Preservation and Access Project to improve the physical housing of and intellectual access to the Washington Star newspaper's photographic collection. (2003-017)

The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
$54,112 to arrange, describe, undertake conservation work on, and prepare guides for five collections which document the labor movement and religious activism in the New Deal era. (99-058)

Association of Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, Washington, DC
$20,000 for a project entitled "Improved Access to Electronic Records, " to develop, offer, and evaluate a pilot workshop that will bring together teams of archivists and information technologists to explore electronic records issues. (98-025)

Government of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC
$2,500 to hire a consultant to assist with the development of a plan for establishing an archival program within the Recorder of Deeds Division. (97-103)

Georgetown Visitation Monastery, Washington, DC
$69,778 to arrange and describe approximately 460 linear feet of records (1799-present). The monastery is the oldest Catholic girls' school and the second-oldest community of religious women in the original 13 colonies. (95-043)

Georgetown Visitation Monastery, Washington, DC
$3,600 to hire two consultants to assess its historical collections and recommend appropriate methods for their administration, and to plan an appropriate archival facility in the monastery's historic buildings. The monastery is the oldest Catholic girls' school and the second-oldest community of religious women in the original 13 colonies. (93-089)

American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC
$15,491 to develop a records management program and to write and distribute a records management manual for American scientific societies, to improve the quality of scientific society records in the United States that are preserved because of their archival value. (92-112)
Project Web Site

Tudor Place Foundation, Washington, DC
$28,810 to establish an archives program for the foundation's records and to process the papers of the Peter-Custis family. (91-120)

American College of Nurse-Midwives, Washington, DC
$1,946 for a consultant to assist the organization in establishing an archival and records management program. (91-035)

George Washington University, Washington, DC
$34,886 to describe and make available two collections. The first collection includes the records of Friendship House, a settlement house located in the District of Columbia, while the second collection consists of personal papers and institutional records pertaining to the planning and construction of transportation facilities in the Washington area. (90-124)

District of Columbia Historical Records Advisory Board, Washington, DC
$5,000 for travel and meeting expenses to enable the District Board to foster the development of cooperative acquisition policies in District repositories and the use of the board as a forum for communication among repositories to encourage coordinated documentation efforts. (89-079)

General Federation of Women's Clubs, Washington, DC
$55,755 to arrange, describe, and make available for research and study the records of the federation. (89-076)

George Washington University, Washington, DC
$54,951 for a two-year project to develop a university archives and records management program. Activities to be undertaken include a campus-wide records survey, development of archives policies, procedures, and retention/disposition schedules, and preservation microfilming. (88-014)

American Home Economics Association, Washington, DC
$2,672 for a consultant to advise on surveying and scheduling current records, appraising permanently valuable records, and undertaking preservation measures. (87-095)

International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Washington, DC
$3,250 for consultation on developing an archival program for the nation's second largest labor union. (87-074)

The American Film Institute, Washington, DC
$14,000 for the institute's National Center for Film and Video Preservation to convene a national conference to plan for improved care and availability of local television newsfilm collections. (87-057)

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), Washington, DC
$7,327 for a feasibility study to determine the most appropriate approach to the archival preservation of conservation treatment records. The AIC is the professional association of conservators. (87-046)

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), Washington, DC
$22,215 to convene a national conference to promote interest in and awareness of Native American records programs. NCAI is the country's largest organization of Native Americans. (86-100)

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
$5,630 to support a meeting involving Native American leaders and archival specialists to assess needs and recommend actions for improved preservation and availability of Native American records. (86-021)

George Washington University, Washington, DC
$32,197 for a two-year project to arrange and describe the historical records of the Greater Washington Board of Trade and to initiate a records management program for the board's records. (85-051, 85-136)

Gallaudet College, Washington, DC
$71,996 for a two-year project to survey the non-current records of schools for the deaf in the United States. (84-086, 85-128)

National Business League (NBL), Washington, DC
$3,980 for a survey of NBL records by a Tuskegee Institute archivist and for a consultant to prepare a records manual for the league's records. The manual will include procedures for the systematic transfer of the league's records to Tuskegee. (84-048)

District of Columbia Government, Washington, DC
$32,652 to establish an archival program for the District. (84-025)

District of Columbia Historical Records Advisory Board, Washington, DC
$20,917 to analyze the current condition of historical records in the District, identify problems, frame potential solutions, and outline actions that can be taken. (83-081)

District of Columbia Government, Washington, DC
$5,000 for a consultant study of archives and records management needs for the District. (83-011)

American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC
$3,632 to employ an archival consultant to prepare a course of action in regard to the association's archival records. (81-168)

National Business League (NBL), Washington, DC
$3,000 for consultation in the development of an archives for the league. As the oldest national minority multi-trade business and professional organization, the NBL has served in an advocacy role to protect the interests of the minority business community. (81-086)

History of Science Society, Washington, DC
$29,060 to continue the work of the Joint Committee on the Archives of Science and Technology (JCAST). (81-044)

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
$53,162 to assist in planning and implementing an archival program for the Corcoran Gallery and School of Art. (80-017, 81-46)

American Institute of Architects Foundation, Washington, DC
$29,767 to preserve, arrange, describe, and make available for use architectural drawings, photographs, and other records of Richard Morris Hunt, 1827-95. (79-099)

National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), Washington, DC
$48,567 to preserve, arrange, and describe the records of the NCNW, 1938-59, and to plan a future archival program for the NCNW and affiliated organizations. (78-063)

Subtotal (Records Projects) $1,437,118

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Publications Projects

The George Washington University, Washington, DC
$6,232,165 for the Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4,1789 - March 3,1791. (1976-2014)
Project In Progress
Project Web Site

The George Washington University, Washington, DC
$2,976,402 for the Papers of Eleanor Roosevelt. (2000-2014)
Project In Progress
Project Web Site

The American University, Washington, DC
$648,862 for the Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted. (1976-2003)

Supreme Court Historical Society, Washington, DC
$3,016,452 for the Documentary History of the Supreme Court of the United States, 1789-1800. (1977-2003)
Project Completed

Howard University, Washington, DC
$211,255 for the African-American Historical Linkages with South Africa, ca. 1890-1965. (1999-2000)

The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
$50,000 for the Journals of William MacLeod. (1999)

American Historical Association, Washington, DC
$531,863 for J. Franklin Jameson and the Development of Humanistic Scholarship in America. (1984-93)
Project Completed

The American University, Washington, DC
$827,213 for the Daniel Chester French Papers. (1976-90)

National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
$20,400 for the Papers of Charles Willson Peale. (1988)

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
$127,415 for the Papers of Robert Mills. (1985-88)
Project Completed

George Washington University, Washington, DC
$59,791 for the Papers of William Thornton. (1978-87)

Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC
$19,400 for subvention support for the Papers of Joseph Henry. (through 1986)

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
$75,316 for the Papers of Joseph Henry. (1976-85)

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
$183,959 for the Papers of John Peabody Harrington in the Smithsonian Institution, 1907-1957. (1977-85)

American Historical Association, Washington, DC
$5,000 for the Papers of Carlos Montezuma. (1983)
Project Completed

Subtotal (Publications Projects) $ 14,985,493

TOTAL $ 16,422,611

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