National Historical Publications & Records Commission

Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania grants span 1976 - 2013

Records Projects

Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
$128,956 to support a two-year project to create new tools for annotating digital images so that users can discover and research them more effectively. (DI50012-13)

Pennsylvania Heritage Society, Harrisburg, PA
$16,440 to support basic funding, travel costs for the board, Archives Month posters, workshops related to locating information about Civil War ancestors and participating in National History Day, seminars for archival and records management professionals, and participation in a national archival organization. (RC10153-13)

Pennsylvania Heritage Society, Harrisburg, PA
$59,843 to support, on behalf of the Pennsylvania State Archives, an 18-month project to provide detailed processing for five groups of large-format documents and special media that make up a portion of the records of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, 1937-1990. Records include engineering drawings, photographic negatives, slides, motion picture film, and microfilm. (RH50012-12)

Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, PA
$88,738 to support a two-year project to process and catalog 633 collections drawn from the late 18th century to the present day which document western Pennsylvania's business development, industrial growth, ethnic communities, race relations, arts organizations, religious groups, civic entities, and local politics. (RB50166-11)

Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
$100,229 to process and make available records from 14 collections of personal papers and organizational records that document electoral politics, government service, community organizing, and human rights efforts. The collections total 1,376 linear feet and date from the post-Civil War period through the 20th century. (RP50042-10)

Pennsylvania Heritage Society, Harrisburg, PA
$166,298 to expand public access to state government records, through the Pennsylvania State Archives, by creating descriptions for 2,000 series of records totaling 26,000 cubic feet. (RB50098-10)

Pennsylvania Heritage Society, Harrisburg, PA
$68,550 to support basic activities, a series of workshops, and an Itinerant Archivist program that will help five of the Commonwealth's counties identify their unique records needs and provide customized solutions. (RC10079-10)

Pennsylvania Heritage Society, Harrisburg, PA
$ 8,500 to support basic activities of the state historical records advisory board through a State and National Archives Partnership grant. (RC10019-08)

Pennsylvania Heritage Society, Harrisburg, PA
$120,356 to support the Itinerant Archivist Regrant Program. (RC10007-08)

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
$142,449 to support a three-year project to establish an institution-wide records management program and to process at least 550 cubic feet of special exhibitions records. (RA10035-07

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, PA
$16,400 to provide basic administrative support to the state historical records advisory board. (RS10033-07)

Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
$45,000 to arrange and describe approximately 145 linear feet of institutional financial records from c. 1751 to 1950. (2005-033)

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, PA
$16,700 to provide basic administrative support to the state historical records advisory board. (2005-063)

Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
$63,750 for a processing project, to arrange and describe approximately 250 linear feet of records regarding the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital. This collection reflects the history and social impact of mental health care at Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital. The records document the period c.1841 to 1997. (2004-090)

Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
$99,503 to process and develop a records management plan for the combined institutional records of the Society and the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, with which it recently merged. (2003-102)

Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
$64,320 for its Photograph Processing Project to arrange, describe, and preserve 9,600 photographs in the hospital's collection that date from the period 1860-1990. (2002-063)

Pennsylvania State Historical Records Advisory Board, Harrisburg, PA
$188,200 ($170,000 matching) for up to three years for its SHRAB Regrant Project to support the Pennsylvania board's new ten-year strategic plan and to preserve and provide access to the Commonwealth's documentary heritage. (2001-030)

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
$77,873 for a project to arrange, describe, rehouse, and catalog the records of Coxe Mining Company, an independent coal producer that played a key role in the development of anthracite mining in the state. (99-071)

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
$55,675 for a project to arrange, describe, and make available the personal and professional papers of Elizabeth Robbins Pennell, Margaret Naumburg, and Wanda Gág. (98-067)

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (Pennsylvania State Historical Records Advisory Board), Harrisburg, PA
$45,157 to prepare a strategic plan addressing the identification, acquisition, preservation, and access of the state's historically valuable records. (98-004)

City of Philadelphia, Department of Records, Philadelphia, PA
$117,862 to complete the third and final phase of the Philadelphia Electronic Records Project. The overall goal of the project is to develop comprehensive recordkeeping policies and standards for the city's information technology systems. Phase III would extend testing of the functional requirements for electronic recordkeeping developed by the University of Pittsburgh in a related NHPRC-supported project. (97-001)

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
$123,201 to preserve trial records relating to the development of the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC). The ENIAC is generally regarded as the first electronic digital computer. (96-068)

City of Philadelphia, Department of Records, Philadelphia, PA
$17,370 for a four-month bridge grant to continue a Commission-funded project that is developing a program to preserve archival electronic records. (96-089)

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
$27,858 for a two-year project to support an institute to provide senior government archivists and information resource managers with the knowledge and tools to improve their organizations' effectiveness in dealing with information policy issues. (95-109)

Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
$80,885 to document the biomolecular sciences and the biotechnology industry. Project staff will work with 80 to 100 biomolecular scientists to assist them with the placement of their records into suitable repositories. A guide to these records, which will include biographical information, a scope and content note, and other information, will be prepared for researchers. (95-094)

City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
$62,591 for a one-year project for consultation and training in electronic records, to focus on the city's developing information technology systems. (95-031)

City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
$91,231 to survey the records of selected executive branch agencies and records currently stored in the city's records center and to develop new records schedules. (93-080)

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
$29,005 to support the third and final phase of an advanced institute on electronic records and strategic planning for state government records administrators. (93-053)

Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
$7,364 for its Penn State Electronic Records Appraisal Program. The funds would be used to continue the current project archivist for four additional months. (93-037)

The University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
$359,580 for a three-year study to address the first three questions in the agenda outlined in the Commission-funded report, Research Issues in Electronic Records. The project's three goals are:

  1. to identify the archival functional requirements for electronic information systems serving widespread business applications and to evaluate alternative approaches to satisfying those requirements;
  2. to identify attributes in organizations, business applications, and software applications which influence the success of achieving archival control over electronic records systems, in order to assist institutional archival electronic records programs to formulate successful approaches; and
  3. to suggest criteria to evaluate and indicators to measure the effectiveness of archival policies, methods, and programs in modern organizations.

(93-030)

Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, PA
$101,412 to appraise, arrange, describe, and catalog seven unprocessed manuscript collections (759 linear feet), reflecting recent collecting initiatives, and to upgrade the housing, arrangement, description, and cataloging of 160 manuscript collections (450 linear feet) representing the core of its manuscript holdings. (92-141)

Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, Philadelphia, PA
$56,555 to inventory all of its minority collections and arrange and describe the four largest and most important of these collections. (92-110)

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
$66,040 to arrange, describe, and publicize to researchers 350 cubic feet of records (1915-1988) of the Philadelphia Art Alliance. (92-106)

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Governor's Office of Administration, Harrisburg, PA
$116,230 to enable the executive branch of state government to develop an electronic records program. (92-063)

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
$65,960 to process and make available approximately 330 linear feet of organizational records and personal papers documenting the nursing profession and nursing-related organizations and institutions. The records are held by the Center for the Study of the History of Nursing of the university's School of Nursing. (91-131)

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
$65,061 to support continuation of an advanced institute on electronic records and strategic planning for chief administrators of state government archives. (91-073)

Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
$147,876 for a project to contribute approximately 30,000 name authority records to the Library of Congress Name Authority File. The project is being conducted by the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries. (91-048)

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
$81,658 to appraise and provide access to data sets on magnetic tape created and used by the university's administrative systems. (90-095)

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
$47,888 to survey, appraise, and accession records and manuscript materials relating to the history of nursing in the Middle Atlantic region. The project, undertaken by the Center for the Study of the History of Nursing of the university's School of Nursing, will focus on records of schools of nursing, nurses' associations, health care agencies, and hospitals. (89-058)

Chester County Historical Society, West Chester, PA
$41,594 to arrange and describe the administrative and fiscal records of Chester County, 1699-1945. These and other records form perhaps the most comprehensive documentation of any county government in the nation during the colonial period. (88-114)

County of Schuylkill, Pottsville, PA
$38,274 for development of an archival program for the county's permanently valuable records, which date to the early 19th century. Located in eastern Pennsylvania, the county is a center of the anthracite coal industry. (87-117)

Pennsylvania State Historical Records Advisory Board, Harrisburg, PA
$187,500 for a regrant program directed at the state's colleges and universities. The program will focus on the development of institutional archives for college and university records. (87-040)

Chester County Historical Society, West Chester, PA
$36,700 for a project to arrange, describe, and preserve the records of the Chester County Court of Quarter Sessions, 1681-1969. The records document such subjects as criminal activity, indentured servitude, and road and bridge construction in the county. (86-095)

Pennsylvania State Historical Records Advisory Board, Harrisburg, PA
$5,907 for travel and meeting expenses to allow the state board to carry out its grant review and statewide archival planning missions. (86-067)

National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services (NFAIS), Philadelphia, PA
$8,795 for a cooperative project involving NFAIS and the Temple University Libraries to process historically valuable federation records, deposit them at Temple, and produce a handbook describing a model arrangement between a donor institution and an accessioning repository. (85-131)

Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
$20,890 to plan for the preservation, management, and cooperation of the archives of The Associated Natural Science Institutions. (85-112)

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, Philadelphia, PA
$1,850 for a consultant to advise on creation of an archives and records management program. Founded in 1821, the institution is the oldest college of pharmacy in the United States. (85-014)

Cheyney University, Cheyney, PA
$2,900 for consultation on the development of a university archives and records management program. Founded in 1837, Cheyney is the nation's oldest African-American public university. (84-138)

National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services, Philadelphia, PA
$1,416 for a consultant to determine which of the organization's records are permanently valuable and to recommend the most feasible approach for their retention, arrangement, and use in an archival setting. (84-127)

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
$36,268 to make preservation copies of cellulose nitrate negatives in the Archives of Industrial Society. The negatives document the urban and industrial history of Pittsburgh in the 1920s and 1930s. (84-126)

University of Pennsylvania, University Museum, Philadelphia, PA
$19,700 to produce a manual for anthropologists and archaeologists on the creation, care, and storage of field records to ensure archival permanence. (84-093)

Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
$1,948 for a consultant to review systems and procedures for the diocesan archives program. (84-057)

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, PA
$213,539 to conduct a statewide county records survey, create a machine-readable data base of the information gathered, and prepare a series of reports, including a report on microfilm generated by county governments. (84-047)

Athenaeum of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
$30,800 to catalogue drawings and textual records in the Athenaeum's architectural archives. (83-080)

Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA
$23,030 to accession, organize, arrange, and describe the college's historical records, 1787-1982. (83-058)

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
$38,955 to survey machine-readable records in public and quasi-public agencies in seven counties of two states, centered at Philadelphia, as part of the university's program to establish a data archives for the area. (83-056)

Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
$4,650 for consultation services on the establishment of an institutional archives and records management program. (82-026)

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
$43,655 to survey the status of newspaper photograph collections and develop recommendations for their preservation and control generally, and for the Philadelphia Inquirer specifically. (80-140)

Pennsylvania State Historical Records Advisory Board, Harrisburg, PA
$25,000 to analyze the current condition of historical records in the state, identify problems, frame potential solutions, and outline actions that can be taken. (81-128)

University of Pennsylvania, University Museum, Philadelphia, PA
$18,500 to develop an effective archival program for the museum. (81-096)

Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
$15,526 for the development of its college archives program. (80-078)

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, PA
$56,569 for the second year of a project to microfilm for preservation and research the records of municipal and county governments in Pennsylvania. (80-020)

Wyck Committee, Germantown Historical Society, Philadelphia, PA
$11,000 to arrange, describe, and microfilm the Wyck Papers, representing nine generations (1760-1973) of the Haines family, and documenting 18th- and 19th-century business and trade in the Philadelphia area and 19th-century Quaker reform activities. (79-080)

Old Christ Church, Philadelphia, PA
$15,205 to inventory, arrange, and microfilm (in cooperation with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania) early church archives and to develop an archival program. (79-057)

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, PA
$47,019 to microfilm, for preservation and improved research use, county and municipal government records in Pennsylvania. (78-138)

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
$10,333 for the Archives of Industrial Society to survey and accession district records of the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America. (78-054)

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, PA
$5,950 to conduct three regional workshops for training in archival techniques for local historical societies. (78-030)

Cumberland County Historical Society, Carlisle, PA
$6,750 to preserve, arrange, describe, and make available for research 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century records of Cumberland County. (77-095)

Temple University, Urban Archives Center, Philadelphia, PA
$15,650 to survey and accession records relating to urban development of Philadelphia during the past century. (77-092)

Subtotal (Records Projects) $ 4,290,397

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Publications Projects

East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, PA
$680,242 for Papers of the War Department, 1784-1800. (1994-2004)
Project In Progress

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
$10,513 for the Papers of Joseph Trimble Rothrock, M.D. (1999)

University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA
$74,021 for subvention support for the Papers of Mother Jones, the Papers of Robert Morris, and the Papers of Thaddeus Stevens. (through 1997)

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, PA
$32,000 for subvention support for the Papers of Henry Bouquet. (1977-92)

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
$73,583 for the Papers of Martin Van Buren. (1976-89)
Project Completed

University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, PA
$43,407 for subvention support for the Papers of William Penn. (1981-88)

Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
$5,845 for the Papers of John Dickinson. (1985)

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, PA
$43,816 for the Papers of Henry Bouquet. (1978-85)
Project Completed

Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA
$18,000 for Papers of the Society of American Indians. (1984)
Project Completed

Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
$28,219 for the William Penn Papers. (1976-83)
Project Completed

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
$218,368 for the Papers of General Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, 1777-1794. (1976-82)
Project Completed

The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA
$62,500 for The Franklin Institute and the Making of Industrial America, (1978-79)
Project Completed

Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
$77,065 for the Papers of M. Carey Thomas in the Bryn Mawr College Archives. (1976-78)
Project Completed

Subtotal (Publications Projects) $ 1,367,579

TOTAL $5,657,976

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