National Historical Publications & Records Commission

Illinois 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 Illinois grants span 1976 - 2014

Records Projects

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, Springfield, IL
$80,000 to support Digitizing the Richard Yates Papers, a two-year project to digitize the gubernatorial records of Richard Yates, Sr., governor of Illinois 1861-1865. This series of the Yates Family papers consists primarily of correspondence and letterpress books. (RD10139-13)

Illinois Secretary of State-Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL
$65,000 to support basic funding for board meetings, training for the state's regional depository interns, two Archives Month posters, a statewide regrant program, and participation in a national archival organization. (RC10141-13)

Fund for Innovative TV, Chicago, IL
$87,270 to support, on behalf of the Media Burn Independent Video Archive, an 18-month project to digitize 450 videotapes from its Chicago Collection and upload them to mediaburn.org. (RH50032-12)

University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
$47,099 to support a two year project to digitize approximately 30,275 photographs of historic Chicago sites, streets, neighborhoods and buildings contained within the James S. Parker collection (1900-2003) and the Chicago Photographic collection (ca. 1890-1970). (RD10057-11)

Illinois Secretary of State-Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL
$100,000 to support the work of the Illinois Historical Records Advisory Board, including a statewide regrants program, and scholarships for continuing education opportunities for archivists. (RC10100-11)

Highland Park Historical Society, Highland Park, IL
$86,414 to institute a formal archives, starting with over 1,000 cubic feet of materials, documenting the history of the city of Highland Park. (RB50124-10)

Illinois Secretary of State-Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL
$70,000 to support a scholarship program for archivists at small institutions, and a regrants program to award up to eight grants for records preservation and access, disaster planning, and other needs. (RC10048-09)

Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago, IL
$90,582 to support a two-year project to continue indexing Declarations of Intentions for Naturalization from between 1906-1929, a total of 258,000 declarations. This project provides an invaluable resource to genealogists and historians seeking primary source documents on immigrants during the early part of the 20th century. (RP50020-09)

Chicago Historical Society, Chicago, IL
$138,175 to support an 18-month project at the Chicago History Museum to promote the use of its collections, process 945 linear feet of its backlog, and resolve the status of 21 collections with insufficient accession information. Among the collections to be made available are the records of the Women's Bar Association of Illinois and the papers of author Studs Terkel. (RB50070-09)

University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
$27,874 to support a 16-month project to arrange, describe, and make available 700 linear feet of records from the university's Chancellor's Office dating from 1936 to 1995. (RP50003-08)

Fund for Innovative TV, Chicago, IL
$65,900 to support the digitization of 361 videotapes that document life in Chicago during the past 35 years.(RP50011-08)

Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL
$19,580 to provide basic support through the State and National Archival Partnership. (RC10017-08)

Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago, IL
$126,220 to microfilm and index over 400,000 Declarations of Intention (791 volumes) from 1906-1929. The declarations were the first papers to be filed by individuals who wished to become citizens. (RA05603-07)

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
$34,500 to support the processing of the papers of architects Harry Weese (1915-1998) and his brother, Ben Weese (b. 1929). (RA10029-07)

Society of American Archivists, Chicago, IL
$35,600 to support the publication Guidelines for Managing Congressional Papers, directed toward donors, repository administrators, and archivists to ensure the long-term preservation of historical records found in Congressional collections. (RA10041-07)

Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago, IL
$141,001 to microfilm and index over 400,000 Declarations of Intention (791 volumes) from 1906-1929. The declarations were the first papers to be filed by individuals who wished to become citizens. (2005-062)

Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL
$43,939 for the Duplication & Preservation of Historic Glass Negatives project. The project will duplicate 2,817 glass plate negatives from three of the museum's important early collecting trips and from the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904. The interpositive method of duplication will be used to preserve these collections, which are known as the Legends Collections. (2004-068)

Society of American Archivists, Chicago, IL
$38,890 for the EAD Working Group Support project, to revise the EAD Application Guidelines, develop a formal Schema, further internationalization of EAD, identify and develop toolkits and style sheets for smaller repositories, and propose a structure for long-term maintenance and support of this standard. (2004-069)

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
$80,490 for the Bertrand Goldberg Archive, to re-house, arrange, and describe an estimated 30,000-40,000 architectural drawings, sketches, presentation and detail designs, and line prints executed in various media. The collection's finding aid will be available in various formats: printed booklet, CD-ROM, and a PDF file supplemented by a custom-searchable database. (2004-096)

American College of Surgeons, Chicago, IL
$10,237 to process, arrange, describe, and rehouse the College's archival records. (2003-069)

Japanese American Service Committee, Chicago, IL
$22,018 for its Legacy Center Project to develop an archives and records management program, inventory records, arrange and describe 60 cubic feet of institutional records and five manuscript collections, conduct archival research regionally and nationally to promote awareness and use of these resources, and identify new manuscript collections for acquisition. (2001-087)

The Society of American Archivists, Chicago, IL
$41,580 to support meetings of the Society's Encoded Archival Description (EAD) Working Group. (2000-081)

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
$37,500 to process the records of architect Bruce Goff (1904-1982). (99- 078)

Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL
$58,291 for its SHRAB Strategic Planning Project to identify and address records needs and issues within the state. (99-004)

Evanston Historical Society, Evanston, IL
$45,000 ($15,000 matching) for a project to arrange, describe, and make available local government records, personal papers, and organization records documenting the city's history. (98-090)

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
$21,050 for a project to microfilm the papers of architect and city planner Edward H. Bennett, Sr. (98-031)

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
$40,000 for a 15-month project to process the architectural records of the Institute's David Adler Archive. A finding aid/study guide will be published, and record descriptions will be made available through RLIN. (97-083)

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago, IL
$83,310 to process the records of six Lutheran agencies and a Lutheran minister, which comprise the major collections of the Helen M. Knubel Archives of Cooperative Lutheranism. (96-080)

Society of American Archivists, Chicago, IL
$85,143 to develop a continuing education curriculum in archival descriptive standards. (95-105)

Dirksen Congressional Center, Robert and Corinne W. Michel Congressional Education Fund, Pekin, IL
$2,000,000 for support of the center's administration and program for a four-year period. (95-080)

Society of American Archivists, Chicago, IL
$95,052 to create and publish 10 case studies with teaching notes that address issues relating to archival electronic records and the use of information technologies in archives. The case studies will be used by archival educators and individuals to raise the level of knowledge and understanding of these issues in the archival profession. (94-071)

Chicago Historical Society, Chicago, IL
$65,440 to preserve, process, and make accessible the Hedrich-Blessing collection of architectural photographs (1929-1969), consisting of approximately 175,000 photonegatives, 160,000 photoprints, and an undetermined number of 35mm transparencies (slides). (93-001)

The Newberry Library, Chicago, IL
$83,660 to establish an effective archives program for the library by appraising, organizing, and cataloging its archival records in the MARC Format. (90-122)

Society of American Archivists, Chicago, IL
$30,913 to develop a model curriculum and educational materials relating to automated records and techniques. (90-121, 91-097S)

Society of American Archivists, Chicago, IL
$56,400 to publish seven "Archival Fundamentals" manuals. Topics covered by the manuals include archives in society, acquisitions and appraisal, arrangement and description, preservation management, reference and access, administration of archival repositories, and a glossary of archival terms. (88-059)

Chicago Historical Society, Chicago, IL
$26,869 to hold a working conference on the USMARC Format for Visual Materials, in cooperation with Gallaudet University of Washington, DC, and to issue a conference report. (87-099)

Society of American Archivists, Chicago, IL
$7,900 to analyze and disseminate data on the programs of American archival institutions collected by the society's 1985 census of archival institutions. (87-058)

Dirksen Congressional Center, Pekin, IL
$8,000 to publish the "Congressional Papers Conference Report." The 1985 conference dealt with the management, acquisition, processing, and use of large collections of congressional papers. (87-001)

Society of American Archivists, Chicago, IL
$37,260 to support the work of its Committee on Goals and Priorities, a successor to the society's Goals and Priorities Task Force. (86-020, 87-042)

Aurora University, Aurora, IL
$2,850 for a consultant to plan for the care of manuscripts and special collections at the university. The collections include information on the Millerite Movement and the Adventist Movement. (85-146)

Society of American Archivists, Chicago, IL
$102,408 for a three-year program of the society's education office to sponsor continuing education for mid-career archivists. (85-140, 87-004, 87-004S, 89-014)

Dirksen Congressional Center, Pekin, IL
$5,000 for a conference on the preservation of Congressional papers. (85-110)

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
$35,743 to develop an archives and records management program for its institutional records. (85-067)

Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL
$40,000 to describe Chicago City Council records dating from 1833 to 1940, many of which were considered lost in the Chicago fire of 1871. (85-037)

Society of American Archivists, Chicago, IL
$30,000 for the Society's Task Force on Goals and Priorities for the Profession to develop an initial planning document that will make recommendations for a continuing planning process. (84-073)

Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
$25,100 for the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center to collect and/or microfilm materials relating to Swedish-American immigration, history, and culture. (84-022)

Chicago Historical Society, Chicago, IL
$30,000 to process its small manuscript collections and to develop an automated descriptive system using a microcomputer. (84-001)

Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL
$86,000 to survey the historic public records of Chicago and Cook County. (83-074)

Spertus College of Judaica, Chicago, IL
$13,584 to survey and accession the records of the Jewish community of West Rogers Park. (83-013)

Chicago Historical Society, Chicago, IL
$43,025 to arrange and describe the records of Holabird and Root, a major Chicago architectural firm, 1880-1940. (81-157)

Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board, Springfield, IL
$18,340 to analyze the current condition of historical records in the state, identify problems, frame potential solutions, and outline actions that can be taken now and in the future. (81-114)

Illinois State Historical Society, Springfield, IL
$10,000 for a planning and pilot project to survey and accession records dealing with the history of coal mining in Illinois. (80-021)

Society of American Archivists, Chicago, IL
$31,038 to prepare and publish six basic archival manuals on exhibits, automation, maps and architectural drawings, public programs, and reprography. (78-129)

Society of American Archivists, Chicago, IL
$20,000 to publish basic archival manuals on appraisal and accessioning, arrangement and description, reference and access, security, and surveys. (76-026)

Subtotal (Records Projects) $ 4,727,245

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Publications Projects

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation/Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Springfield, IL
$866,962 for the Papers of Abraham Lincoln. (2007-14)
Project In Progress
Project Web Site

Ulysses S. Grant Association and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
$1,844,766 for the Papers of Ulysses S. Grant. (1976-2007)
Project In Progress
Project Web Site (at Mississippi State as of 2009)

Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Springfield, IL
$1,138,152 for the Lincoln Legal Papers: A Documentary History of the Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln, 1836-1861. (1990-2006)
Project Completed
Project Web Site

University of Illinois Press, Urbana, IL
$205,204 for subvention support for the Papers of Dr. Bray, the Papers of Samuel Gompers, the Letters of Eugene V. Debs, the Selected Papers of Margaret Sanger, and the Selected Papers of Jane Addams. (through 2010)

Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale, IL
$217,086 for subvention support for the Papers of Ulysses S. Grant. (through 2011)

Brian J. Kenny (Ph.D. candidate, University of Illinois)
$27,500 for a ten-month fellowship at The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL. (93-071)

University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
$77,000 for the Letters of Jessie Benton Fremont. (1988-92)
Project Completed

Carolyn De Swarte Gilford, Evanston, IL
$20,500 for the Journals of Frances E. Willard. (1989-92)
Project Completed

University of Illinois, Chicago Circle, Chicago, IL
$155,220 for the Papers of Jane Addams. (1977-82)
Project In Progress

Subtotal (Publications Projects) $4,552,390

TOTAL $ 9,279,635

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