National Historical Publications & Records Commission

National Historical Publications and Records Commission Grants - May 2015

National Historical Publications and Records Commission Grants
May 2015


New York Public Library
New York, NY $121,410
To support a two-year project to digitize, preserve, and make available U-matic videotapes of original dance documentation from nearly every major American choreographer, company, and style from the 1960s to the present in the Jerome Robbins Dance Division’s Archive of the Recorded Moving Image.

Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn, NY $106,186
To support “Voices of Generations: Investigating Brooklyn’s Cultural Identity,” an 18-month project to process and digitize 525 oral histories from 10 collections that document different ethnic and cultural groups in the borough of Brooklyn.

Archives Leadership Institute

Berea College
Berea, KY $243,954
To support for three years, the Archives Leadership Institute at Berea College, an intensive one-week training program for leadership development for 25 archivists each year. In addition, an independent evaluator will assess the effect of the Archives Leadership Institutes since 2008.


Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA $121,418
To support the “Uprising of '34 Oral History Digitization Project,” an 18-month project at the Southern Labor Archives to digitize 292 hours of audio and video oral history interviews documenting the textile mill strikes of 1934, one of the largest labor strikes in U.S. History.

College of Charleston
Charleston, SC $81,725
To support the “Digitizing 20th Century Civil Rights Collections Project” from the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, an 18-month project to digitize approximately 93,600 pages from 16 collections documenting the history of the 20th century civil rights activism in Charleston and the surrounding Lowcountry region.

Washington University
St. Louis, MO $150,000
To support the “Eyes on the Prize Interview Digitization and Reassembly Project,” to make available approximately 95 hours of previously inaccessible interview footage created for the award-winning documentary series on America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965.

Literacy and Engagement WITH HISTORICAL RECORDS

Connecticut Radio Information Systems, Inc.
Windsor, CT $67,047
To support an 18-month project, in partnership with the IDEAL Group and the Connecticut State Library, to improve access to selected World War I documents for those with print disabilities. Podcasts of narrations will be created and a suite of tools designed to convert source materials into Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant formats and improve accessibility through knowledge mining.

Keene State College
Keene, NH $44,601
To support a Citizen Archivist Initiative, in collaboration with the Historical Society of Cheshire County and Keene High School, a two-year project to place 300-500 18th- and 19th-century documents online and teach students and the public to read, interpret, and transcribe them.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, VA $74,224
To support “Mapping the Fourth of July in the American Civil War Era: A Crowdsourced Digital Archive,” a project to use a variety of primary sources to build a website through which college and high school students, Civil War enthusiasts, and the general public can analyze and discuss how different regions celebrated the Fourth of July during the Civil War.

Henry E. Huntington Library & Art Gallery
San Marino, CA $107,982
To support in partnership with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, North Carolina State University, and Zooniverse, “Decoding the Civil War: Engaging the Public with 19th Century Technology and Cryptology through Crowdsourcing,” a two-year project to transcribe and decode Civil War military telegrams through crowdsourcing for online access and develop lesson plans for high school students to learn about primary sources from the telegrams.


Ulysses S. Grant Association
Starkville, MS $43,490
To support a project to prepare a scholarly edition of Grant’s Memoirs and complete the comprehensive edition of the Papers of Ulysses S. Grant.

Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
Springfield, IL $96,830
To support a project to edit and publish an electronic edition of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln. The focus of this grant is on Lincoln’s pre-Presidential papers.

Indiana University-Purdue University
Indianapolis, IN $62,546
To support a project to edit the Frederick Douglass Papers and provide digital access to out-of-print volumes online.

SUNY College at Old Westbury
Old Westbury, NY $52,030
To support a project to edit volumes 5-7 of the Papers of Clarence Mitchell, Jr. Mitchell served as the NAACP’s chief congressional lobbyist from 1950 to 1978.

Ramapo College of New Jersey
Mahwah, NJ $80,382
To support a newly reconstituted project to edit the Papers of Jane Addams, which aims to provide both print and digital access to the post-1901 papers of this leading social reformer and activist.

University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN $105,000
To support a project to edit two volumes of the Papers of Andrew Jackson, which will document Jackson’s presidency in 1832 and 1833.

Kentucky Historical Society Foundation
Frankfort, KY $62,400
To support a project to edit the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition.

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA $87,750
To support a project to edit the Presidential Recordings from the Oval Office, with a focus on selected recordings from the Johnson and Nixon tapes.

University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN $47,440
To support a project to edit and digitally publish the final volume of the Correspondence of James K. Polk.

University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA $58,070
To support a project to prepare “Walt Whitman and Post-Reconstruction America” as part of the online Walt Whitman Archive.

Stanford University
Stanford, CA $81,110
To support a project to edit two volumes of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers, documenting the period from September 1962 through 1964.

University of Maryland
College Park, MD $118,700
To support a project to edit two volumes of the Freedmen and Southern Society papers, focusing respectively on law and justice and family and kinship.

New York University
New York, NY $52,368
To support a project to complete the final volume of the Selected Papers of Margaret Sanger and to continue preparation of the Speeches and Articles of Margaret Sanger digital edition.

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Brunswick, NJ $90,320
To support a project to edit the Papers of Thomas A. Edison, including work on the project’s online image edition, and volume 9 of the print edition, covering the years 1920-1931.

George Washington University
Washington, DC $182,813
To support a project to edit volumes 3-5 of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers print edition, and to prepare an electronic edition focused on Eleanor Roosevelt’s career in broadcast journalism.

University Auxiliary & Research Services Corporation
San Marcos, CA $54,669
To support a project to edit the Ah Quin Diary, the earliest known English-language manuscript written by a Chinese immigrant to the United States.


Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Jackson, MS $35,282
To support workshops, an award program, History Day and Archives Month, Civil Rights programming, the creation of a portal for accessing online collections, and the development of a directory of cultural institutions.

Indiana Commission on Public Records
Indianapolis, IN $28,400
To support a personal digital archives workshop, an Electronic Records Day event, a statewide roundtable on digital government, and a regrant program for digitizing records and making them available online.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment
Lansing, MI $10,000
To support a demonstration regrant program focusing on increasing the level of online descriptive information available for the state’s records.


State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Madison, WI $166,667
To support Wisconsin State Preservation of Electronic Records, a project to implement a sustainable electronic records workflow and transfer management system in select state agencies.

Kentucky State Historical Records Advisory Board
Frankfort, KY $200,000
To support the Kentucky State Archives Digital Repository: Leadership in Preservation, Access, and Training, a project to make electronic records accessible online; improve workflows for the ingest of born-digital records; improve video/audio preservation and access; provide training for Kentucky government officials and repository users; and provide training to archives and records management programs in other states and territories.

North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
Raleigh, NC $199,999
To support TOMES (Transforming Online Mail with Embedded Semantics), in partnership with the state archives in Kansas and Utah, a project at the State Archives of North Carolina to develop tools for preservation and processing of email, including transformation from native formats to XML and appraisal using natural language processing.

Missouri Office of the Secretary of State
Jefferson City, MO $31,690
To support a two-year project to test a mechanism for transferring electronic records to the Missouri State Archives from select partner agencies.

CONTACT: Keith Donohue, NHPRC Communications Director,, (202) 357-5365.