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January 18, 2008

Commission Recommends $2.8 Million in Grants for Documentary Editing and Archival Projects

Washington, DC…The National Historical Publications and Records Commission has awarded $2.8 million for 34 projects in 22 states and the District of Columbia for preserving and publishing historical records. At the November meeting, the Commission also welcomed its newest members, the Honorable John Larson, member of the House of Representatives from Connecticut, and Roy Tryon, state archivist of South Carolina, representing the National Association of Government Archivists and Records Administrators, who replaces Tim Slavin.

The Commission also honored Max Evans, departing as Executive Director at the end of January, and Alfred Goldberg, representing the Department of Defense. Dr. Goldberg retired after serving 34 years as a Commissioner, the longest stint in the agency’s history.

Grant recommendations include $1.3 million to seven documentary editing projects from the Founding Era of the nation. Six subventions were awarded to university presses to defray the cost of publishing new volumes of the papers of George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, Jane Addams and others. The University of Wisconsin will receive funding to continue its work at the Institute for Editing Historical Documents.

State partnership grants were awarded to Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and Wisconsin to address state needs through subgrants and other efforts. Basic administrative support was awarded to 10 states to support the work of Historical Records Advisory Boards in Arizona, California, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming. The Commission approved a substantial revision to the State and National Archival Partnership grant program that will strengthen the nation’s network of archives at the state government level.

Electronic records grants were recommended for projects at Emory University in Atlanta for its MetaArchive program to provide sustainable digital preservation services for cultural and historical records; Tufts University in Atlanta; Johns Hopkins in Baltimore; and the Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, to support its Distributed Custodial Preservation Center for electronic records.

A complete list of all grants is below:

Grants—November 2007

Publishing Historical Records (Founding Era)
These long-term projects document major historical figures or groups from the Founding Era of the nation.
The Papers of George Washington
University of Virginia
$173,090
The Papers of James Madison
University of Virginia
$146,154
The Papers of Thomas Jefferson
Princeton University
$181,284
The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution
University of Wisconsin
$208,000
The Adams Papers
Massachusetts Historical Society
$162,550
The Documentary History of the First Federal Congress
George Washington University
$223,098
The Papers of Benjamin Franklin 
Yale University
$198,900
Publication Subventions
Grants to publishers to help defray the printing costs of individual volumes of documentary editions.
University of Virginia Press
The Papers of George Washington, Revolutionary War Series, Vol. 17
$10,000
University of Virginia Press
The Papers of George Washington, Revolutionary War Series, Vol. 18
$10,000
University of Oklahoma Press
The North American Journals of Prince Maximilian of Wied, Vol. 1
$10,000
University of Virginia Press
The Papers of James Madison, Presidential Series, Vol. 6
$10,000
Ulysses S. Grant Association
The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, Vol. 31
$6,300
University of Illinois
The Selected Papers of Jane Addams, Vol. 2
$10,000
Editing Fellowships
Grants to support a fellowship at a historical documentary editing project.
Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
Rutgers University
$55,000
Professional Development
Grants to support projects for the professional development of archivists and/or documentary editors.

Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI    

$35,579
State Programs

Grants support efforts to improve statewide, regional, or national collaborations and services.

Oklahoma Dept. of Libraries
Oklahoma City, OK
To support the Oklahoma Tribal Heritage Project.
$229,287
State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Madison, WI
To support planning for the collection of post-WWII Wisconsin manuscripts
$89,756
Pennsylvania Heritage Society
Harrisburg, PA
To support the Itinerant Archivist Regrant Program.
$120,356
New Mexico Commission of Public Records
Santa Fe, NM
To support a statewide subgrant program.
$86,257
SHRAB Administrative Support
Grants to support administrative expenses of State Historical Records Advisory Boards.
California Museum for History, Women, & the Arts $7,720
Wyoming Dept. of State Parks & Cultural Resources $10,000
Texas State Library and Archives Commission $8,391
Kentucky SHRAB $10,000
Montana Historical Society $9,990
Nevada State Library & Archives $9,904
State Historical Society of Iowa $9,980
Arizona SHRAB $6,895
Tennessee SHRAB $10,000
Mississippi Dept. of Archives and History $10,000
Electronic Records
Grants to support projects that preserve, or make accessible, electronic records.
Emory University
Atlanta, GA
To support MetaArchive: A Sustainable Digital Preservation Service for Cultural and Historical Records.
$300,337
Tufts University
Boston, MA
To support the Tufts Accessioning Program for Electronic Records.
$149,974
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, CA
To support the development of a Distributed Custodial Preservation Center for electronic records.
$257,800
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
To support an assessment of  the viability of an Electronic Records Management Consortium for the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.
$50,000

For more information please visit the Commission's web site.

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