National Historical Publications & Records Commission

National Archives Grants -- November 2022



For projects to plan and develop a working collaborative designed to enhance the capacity of small and diverse organizations with historical records collections. 


Planning Grants

New York Folklore Society
Schenectady, NY

$25,000 to support the creation of the New York Folklore Advisory Group, conduct surveys of nine folklore repositories that will result in an inventory, needs assessment, best practices document, and digitization priorities. The partners will hold meetings to review the results and discuss best practices for the arrangement and description of folklore materials. (RJ-103483)


University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL

$24,450 to support a collaboration of the University of Alabama, Tuskegee University, and the Birmingham Black Radio Museum to identify, catalog, digitize, and curate a selection of audiovisual materials to enhance public understanding of the development of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama. (RJ-103488)


National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition
Minneapolis, MN        

$25,000 to support building a community-centered approach to digitizing Catholic Indian Boarding School records. Collaborating partners include the Oglala Sioux Tribe, the Red Cloud Indian School, and Marquette University. (RJ-103519)


Nevada System of Higher Education
Reno, NV              

$24,002 to support the University of Nevada, Reno, Boise State University, and California State University at Bakersfield and others in Basque Studies to create an Arborglyph Collaborative to document and provide access to arborglyphs, tree carvings that document various immigrant groups, and to conduct field trips to develop protocols for imaging and preparing metadata, as well as designing a framework for an accessible portal to such collections.  (RJ-103516)


Implementation Grants

Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious
Mount St. Joseph, OH      

$75,000 to support a collaborative among several institutions that hold records of Catholic Native American Boarding Schools (1818-present), digitize Catholic Directories (1825-1928), and create a resource guide including  finding aids. The project builds on a collaboration between ACWR and the Catholic Native American Boarding School Accountability & Healing Project. (RJ-103487)


Internet Archive
San Francisco, CA            

$92,610 to support a collaborative among the Internet Archive’s Community Web Programs at the Forbes Library in Northampton, Massachusetts; the Columbus Metropolitan Library in Ohio; the San Francisco Public Library; the New Brunswick Free Public Library in New Jersey; and the Brooklyn Public Library in New York to digitize local history manuscripts, publications, and municipal records documenting the day-to-day life of immigrant, indigenous, and African American communities. (RJ-103511)


Ka Ipu Makani Cultural Heritage Center
Kaunakakai, HI            

$59,090 to support the creation of a Molokaʻi Community Repository, including digitizing 12,000 records from collaborating repositories and community collections, on the small rural island of Molokaʻi, Hawaiʻi. (RJ-103514)



For projects that strengthen the nation's archival network through activities undertaken by state historical records advisory boards.


Ohio Historical Society
Columbus, OH             

$36,040 to support the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board, including a regrant program, History Day project awards, the Archives Achievement Award, the Ohio Citizen Archivist Award, and provide professional development scholarships and an Archival Fellowship. (RC-103479)


Illinois State Archives
Springfield, IL              

$80,000 to support the Illinois Historical Records Advisory Board, including a regrant program, Archival Professional Development Scholarships to electronic records workshops, and archival education scholarships  to online courses related to digital access. (RC-103481)


Utah Division of Archives and Records Service
Salt Lake City, UT          

$40,000 to support the Utah Historical Records Advisory Board, including a regrants program,  History Day awards, Archives Month programming, regional archives fundamentals workshops, and a Circuit Rider Archivist program. (RC-103484)


Indiana Archives and Records Administration
Indianapolis, IN           

$12,000 to support the Indiana Historical Records Advisory Board, including a strategic plan, at least 10 scholarships for professional development, conservation workshops at the state archives, and a stipend for a graduate intern. (RC-103485)


Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation
Harrisburg, PA                

$37,812 to support the Pennsylvania Historical Records Advisory Board, including the Archives Without Tears workshops, the annual Archives and Records Management Seminar, six Community History Dialog events, and micro-grants to historically underrepresented communities.. (RC-103486)


Maine State Archives
Augusta, ME                

$4,360 to support the Maine Historical Records Advisory Board’s strategic plan development, including an online summary from a statewide survey, finalizing the plan for work through 2028, and two workshops. (RC-103489)


Tennessee State Library and Archives
Nashville, TN              

$68,400 to support the Tennessee Historical Records Advisory Board, including a regrant program, the Tennessee Archives Institute, scholarships to the annual Society of Tennessee Archivists meeting, an annual series of workshops, and an Education Outreach internship.. (RC-103490)


Nebraska Historical Society
Lincoln, NE                

$11,975 to support the Nebraska Historical Records Advisory Board’s statewide needs assessment and sharing the results with allied organizations and groups in the state. (RC-103493)


Executive Office of the State of Rhode Island
Providence, RI                

$12,000 to support the Rhode Island Historical Records Advisory Board, including a service day program that provides hands-on assistance to repositories and four workshops based on archival best practices.(RC-103494)


Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Austin, TX                 

$40,000 to support the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board, including registration for up to 15 persons for the American Association for State and Local History’s Basics of Archives program, registration for up to 10 persons for each of three Digital Archives Specialist webinars, three training workshops in northeast and southeast Texas, sponsorship of the Austin, Houston, and Dallas-Fort Worth Archives Bazaars, and awards for National History Day and archival excellence. (RC-103496)


Massachusetts Secretary of State
Boston, MA                

$80,000 to support the Massachusetts Historical Records Advisory Board, including the Roving Archivist program providing assessments to 24 new institutions, continued assistance to 60 institutions and arrangement and description training to 16 institutions, a Field Fellowship program, regrants, a collaborative forum with the Massachusetts History Alliance, and two resource guides through the Mass History Commons. (RC-103497)


Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration
Denver, CO                

$39,649 to support the Colorado Historical Records Advisory Board, including a regrant program, a traveling archivist to visit the Four Corners area to identify collections related to underrepresented groups, and workshops focusing on the preservation of, and access to, historical records. (RC-103498)


Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records
Carson City, NV            

$11,984 to support the Nevada Historical Records Advisory Board, including a needs assessment survey, updating the board’s strategic plan, create an online directory of records repositories, and award at least five scholarships. (RC-103499)


Kentucky  Department for Libraries and Archives
Frankfort, KY                  

$7,044 to support the Kentucky Historical Records Advisory Board, including a strategic plan for 2024-26, free registration to two webcasts, funding for membership fees for a records custodian, Archives Month posters, and awards that recognize achievements by Kentucky archivists.  (RC-103502)


Vermont State Archives and Records Administration
Montpelier, VT

$34,156 to support the Vermont Historical Records Advisory Board, including strategic planning, support  for staff members of the Vermont Historical Records Program to conduct site visits and attend workshops, meetings, and conferences, and for staff training, a film care and other workshops, and a low-temperature freezer for records infested by pests or impacted by a water event. (RC-103505)


South Dakota Department of Education
Pierre, SD                    

$3,677 to support the South Dakota Historical Records Advisory Board, including four meetings and a multi-stage strategic planning process. (RC-103509)


Missouri Office of the Secretary of State
Jefferson City, MO            

$7,297 to support the Missouri Historical Records Advisory Board, including two in-person meetings, review of applications to the state-funded Local Records Grant Program, and prepare for a strategic planning process in 2024. (RC-103510)


Michigan Department of Natural Resources
>Lansing, MI                

$80,000 to support the Michigan Historical Records Advisory Board, including the Save Michigan History program through a Visiting Archivist to conduct onsite assessments of 24 local history organizations, financial and professional support to a minimum of six projects, and a suite of resources on emergency and disaster planning. (RC-103512)



For projects that will significantly improve public discovery and use of major historical records collections.


University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL        

$330,253 to support the People, Religion, Information Networks, and Travel (PRINT) project to create a curated digital repository of 2,700 letters written by Anabaptists, Quakers, and Pietist refugees to the American Colonies (1630-1730) from five repositories in the United States and Europe. The PRINT project will transcribe (and translate where necessary) the letters; normalize the descriptive metadata; and create visualizations and educational resources. (RM-103482)




For projects that document major historical figures, and important eras and social movements in the history of the nation.


University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI            

$160,000 to support a project to edit and publish The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution and the Adoption of the Bill of Rights. During the grant year, editors will complete all editorial work for and begin indexing Volume 4 of the Bill of Rights series; advance editorial work for Volume 5; and work with the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center to add supplementary documents for two additional states to its digital collections. (PD-103480)


Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA            

$160,000 to support a project to edit and publish The Adams Papers, a selective edition of the papers of John Adams and the Adams Family. During the grant year, editorial staff will complete all editorial work on and publish Adams Family Correspondence Volume 16; advance editorial work for Volume 17; complete the calendar and selection of documents for the Papers of John Adams, Volume 23; and publish 301 documents from PJA Volume 20 to the Adams Papers Digital Edition. (PD-103491)


Kentucky Historical Society
Frankfort, KY          

$87,240 to support a project to edit and publish the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition. During the grant year, editorial staff will establish authoritative transcriptions for 500 documents; add 350 newly transcribed and double-proofed documents; publish 400 fully-annotated documents to its digital edition; and with a selection of ~100 documents, develop interpretive resources for researchers and students on the topic of crime and punishment. (PD-103500)


American University
Washington, DC      

$115,500 to support a project to edit the Correspondence of Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore and produce digital and print editions of letters to and from the 12th and 13th U.S. presidents. During the grant year, the project will locate, image, and accession an additional 50 letters; complete second-pass proofreading of 167 transcribed letters; annotate 200 letters; and locate, image, and accession 50 letters not on Fillmore microfilm edition (PD-103503)


NHPRC-MELLON Planning Grants for Collaborative Digital Editions in African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American History and Ethnic Studies. 

These new planning projects are designed to foster collaboration and broaden participation in the production and publication of historical and scholarly digital editions. This program was made possible by funding provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Fisk University
Nashville, TN        

$120,000 to support a two-year planning grant to develop a collaborative digital edition, Remaking the World of Arturo Schomburg. In collaboration with the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, staff at the John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library at Fisk are proposing a digital edition that centers on the papers of Arturo Schomburg (1874-1938), a historian, writer, and activist of Puerto Rican and German descent, who became one of the most important collectors of Afro-Latin American cultural heritage in the United States. (PL-103501)