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December 19, 2005

Commission Recommends $1.9 Million in Grants for Documentary Editing and Archival Projects

At its fall meeting, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission recommended to the Archivist of the United States grants of $1.9 million for 34 projects in 23 states and the District of Columbia.

These recommendations included $833,167 million for seven documentary editing projects from the Founding Era of the United States. The papers of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, and George Washington were funded, as were documentary histories of the First Federal Congress and the Ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Eleven subventions were awarded to university presses to defray the cost of publishing new volumes on Clarence Mitchell, Florence Kelley, Margaret Sanger, and Ulysses S. Grant.

Nineteen grants, totaling $971,000, were recommended for a variety of projects through the states. The Council of State Archivists was awarded funding for its National Archival Network Project, and regrant programs in Arizona, California, Maine, and Rhode Island received support. The California State Archives received to support for its program to preserve the state's geospatial records created by the California Spatial Information Library.

The Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents also received funding to continue its program of training documentary editors.

The NHPRC also announced that it will now be accepting applications through its own web site or through Grants.gov - printed grant guidelines are no longer available. For more information, go to www.archives.gov/nhprc/.

The Archivist of the United States, Allen Weinstein, is the Chairman of the Commission, and Max J. Evans is its Executive Director. The NHPRC is the only funding agency whose only focus is the documentary heritage of the United States. Established in 1934, it has awarded grants for preserving, publishing, and access to vital historical documents. Twice each year, in May and November, the Commission recommends grants to the Chairman. Its appropriations for FY 2006 are $5.5 million.

Recommended Grants

Founding Era Documentary Editing
These long-term projects document the major historical figures from the Founding Era of the United States, as well as the history of the First Congress, the Constitution, and the Supreme Court-the latter project is nearing completion. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (26 volumes, Columbia University) are already complete.

The Adams Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society, $104,060

The Papers of Benjamin Franklin. Yale University, $112,870

The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. Princeton University, $114,717

The Papers of James Madison. University of Virginia, $97,162

The Papers of George Washington. University of Virginia, $100,846

The Documentary History of the First Federal Congress. George Washington University, $161,261

The Ratification of the Constitution project. Board of Regents, University of Wisconsin, $142,251

Publishing Subventions
Grants to publishers to help defray the printing costs of individual volumes of documentary editions.

Founding Era
Board of Regents, University of Wisconsin, The Ratification of the Constitution, Vol. XXII, $10,000

University of Virginia Press, The Papers of George Washington, Revolutionary War, Vol. 16, $10,000

Other Publishing Projects
Ohio University Press, The Papers of Clarence Mitchell, Volume, $10,000

University of Illinois Press, The Letters of Florence Kelley, $10,000

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, The Margaret Sanger Papers, Volume 2, $10,000

Southern Illinois University Press, The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, Volume 29, $10,000

Southern Illinois University Press, The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, Volume 30, $10,000

Southern Illinois University Press, The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, Volume 13 (reprint), $3,000

Southern Illinois University Press, The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, Volume 14 (reprint), $3,000

3. State Board Administrative Support Projects
Grants to support the operations of State Historical Records Advisory Boards (SHRABs)-made either directly to the SHRAB or a fiscal agent.

Arkansas History Commission, $9,877
California SHRAB, $7,500
Delaware Council on Archives, $3,838
Hawaii State Archives, $6,245
Kentucky SHRAB, $10,000
Maine SHRAB, $10,000
Montana Historical Society, $9,967
New Jersey SHRAB, $9,985
North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, $3,160
State Historical Society of North Dakota, $6,844
Secretary of State, Tennessee, $10,000
Utah State Archives and Records Services, $6,706

4. State Board Planning, Implementation, & Regrant Projects; Collaborative Projects Arizona SHRAB
A 15-month regrant project to preserve and make accessible Arizona's historical records and to provide continuing archival education and training. $10,000

California SHRAB. A two-year regrant project to promote sound archival practices in local governments and local historical repositories. $100,000

Council of State Archivists. The National Archival Network Project to analyze local government archives and to strengthen partnerships among states and the federal government. $269,979

Maine State Archives. The "Caring for Maine's Historical Records" regrant project. $99,272

Rhode Island State Archives. A two-year regrant and training project to provide assistance to grassroots organizations and institutions within the state. $130,000

South Carolina Department of Archives and History. A two-year Planning and Administrative Support project to develop a new state plan and to support ongoing SHRAB activities. $45,970

5. Electronic Records/Technology Projects
California State Archives.
To develop the hardware and software infrastructure to preserve the state's geospatial records created by the California Spatial Information Library. $220,918

6. Education Proposals:
Wisconsin Historical Foundation,
Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents, $32,021

For more information - please visit the Commission's web site at www.archives.gov/nhprc/

Contact information:
Keith Donohue, Communications Director
National Historical Publications and Records Commission
National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Room 106
Washington, DC 20408-0001
Keith.donohue@nara.gov
202-357-5365

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