Press Release · Tuesday, November 25, 1997
November 25, 1997
NHPRC Approves Grants Totaling $2,308,182 for Electronic Records Projects, State Board Planning Grants and Documentary Editions
Washington, DC. . . At its meeting on November 18, 1997, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission recommended grants totaling $2,308,182 for 28 projects that will enhance our understanding of Americas past. Archivist of the United States John W. Carlin, who is the Chairperson of the NHPRC, welcomed Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court David Souter as a new member of the Commission, and also welcomed Roger Bruns as acting executive director.
The Commission reaffirmed its endorsement of the research agenda set forth in the publication Research Issues in Electronic Records@. Research-and-development grant applications relating to electronic records should discuss the proposed projects relationship to that agenda and provide justification for addressing any new research questions. The Commission also resolved that while it would impose no minimum limit on grant applications, grant requests for under $5,000 would normally meet with approval only upon demonstration of extraordinary need.
Acting executive director Bruns announced that the United States Information Agency has included, in its American Studies Collection, approximately 100 volumes from historical documentary collections funded by Commission grants. The American Studies Collection, a total of some 1,300 volumes on topics relating to the study of American civilization, will be placed in 57 participating university libraries around the world. The documentary volumes, which constitute a part of the collection known as Documents of Democracy, were selected for inclusion by a panel of scholarly experts working in consultation with the Commission.
Chairperson Carlin announced the appointment of a search committee to select a new executive director for the Commission. Chaired by Deputy Archivist Lewis J. Bellardo, its members are Commissioners Charles T. Cullen, Ann Kenney, Howard Lowell, and Constance Schulz.
At the meeting, the Commission recommended that the Archivist make grants totaling $721,136 for five electronic records projects, $250,771 for nine state board planning grants, $1,284,319 for 13 founding-era documentary editing projects and subventions, and $51,956 for one level-two documentary editing project allowed early submission under extraordinary circumstances.
The Commission also selected the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library at Princeton University as the host institution for the its 1998-99 Fellowship in Archival Administration, and the Lucretia Mott Correspondence Project at Pomona College as the host project for its 1998-99 Fellowship in Historical Documentary Editing.
The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for February 24, 1998. Application materials for all Commission grants, including fellowships, may be requested by telephone, fax, mail, or e-mail: Telephone: (202) 501-5610; FAX: (202) 501-5601; NHPRC, NARA, Washington, DC 20408-0001; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Electronic Records Projects:
State Board Planning Grants:
Founding-Era Documentary Editing Projects and Subventions:
Level-Two Documentary Editing Project (early submission):
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