National Archives Announces New NHPRC Grants
Press Release · Monday, November 30, 2020

Washington, DC

Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero will award 36 grants totaling $2,947,836 to projects in 28 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, pending appropriations of a final budget for FY 2021. The National Archives grants program is carried out with the advice and recommendations of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). The new round of grants were selected at its November meeting, and a complete list is available online.

The NHPRC will fund the following projects:

Major Initiatives Program - to improve public discovery and use of major historical records collections: 

  • Ohio Historical Society to reprocess and catalog the Warren G. Harding collection
  • Johnson C. Smith College to document the effects of urban renewal on Charlotte, NC
  • Washington State Archives for its Territorial Court records
  • Museum of Chinese in America oral history
  • Puerto Rico Public Broadcasting to digitize historical broadcasts of WIPR

Publishing Historical Records - for projects that document major historical figures, and important eras and social movements in the history of the nation:

  • John Adams and Family Papers
  • Papers of Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Presidential Records Project
  • Papers of Clarence Mitchell
  • Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Edition
  • Correspondence of Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore
  • Documentary History of the Ratification of the U.S. Constitution and Adoption of the Bill of Rights. 

Three new projects will receive their first NHPRC Publishing grant:

  • The Papers of Julian Bond, 20th century Civil Rights icon
  • The Complete Correspondence of Charles W. Chesnutt, African American writer and voting rights activist
  • Slavery, Law, and Power: Struggles over Justice and Democracy in the Anglo-Atlantic World, a collection of documents from the UK, Europe, and Barbados tracing slavery laws in the Americas

An Archives Collaborative grant will go to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Digital Preservation Access Network and an Archival Projects grant will go to Willamette University to process the papers of Mark O. Hatfield. 

An additional 19 State Board grants will go to state historical records advisory boards to carry out their mission to strengthen the nation’s archival network. 

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) of the National Archives supports projects that promote access to America's historical records to encourage understanding of our democracy, history, and culture. The 15-member Commission includes representatives from all three branches of the Federal government as well as the leading archival and historical professional associations. Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero is its Chairman, and Christopher Eck is the Executive Director. Since it was established in 1934 with the National Archives, the NHPRC has recommended 5,000 grants for preserving, publishing, and providing access to the nation’s historical documents. 


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