Prologue Magazine

NHPRC Grants with National Impact

Fall 2004, Vol. 36, No. 3


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NHPRC grants have assisted the publication of the multivolume Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861–1867, by the Freedmen and Southern Society Project.

Since 1964, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission has awarded grants for projects that publish the American story through multivolume print editions, microfilm collections, compact discs, and on the web. The Commission also funds projects that preserve and make accessible the records of all types that are housed in historical repositories across the nation.

Hundreds of collections have been saved through these efforts, including

  • The Adams Papers—a comprehensive edition of the papers of John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and others members of the Adams family
  • Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4, 1789–March 3, 1791
  • Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution
  • Documentary History of the Supreme Court of the United States, 1789–1800

The Commission has also funded the works of other figures from the early years of the Republic, including the papers of such leading figures as Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington.

The works of other figures from the early years of the nation, including Ethan Allen, Aaron Burr, Charles Carroll, John Paul Jones, the Marquis de Lafayette, John Marshall, George Mason, and William Penn were funded. NHPRC also supported projects involving the records of the first federal elections and the early foreign relations of the United States, naval documents of the American Revolution, the expeditions of John C. Frémont, and the journals of Lewis and Clark.

It has helped preserve and make public the papers of Presidents James Buchanan, Dwight Eisenhower, Millard Fillmore, Ulysses S. Grant, Warren Harding, Rutherford B. Hayes, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson, James Monroe, James K. Polk, Martin Van Buren, and Woodrow Wilson, as well as the White House tapes of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon.

Other noteworthy papers that were preserved were those of Louis D. Brandeis, John C. Calhoun, Henry Clay, Jefferson Davis, Robert La Follette, George C. Marshall, Thaddeus Stevens, Robert A. Taft, Diego de Vargas, Henry Wallace, and Daniel Webster.

Reformers, radicals, and civil rights leaders include Jane Addams, black abolitionists, Eugene Debs, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, Emma Goldman, Samuel Gompers, Mother Jones, Martin Luther King, Jr., the Wisconsin Progressives, Carlos Montezuma, Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Sanger, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, and Booker T. Washington. A major collection of papers on black life in the years before and after the Civil War is Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation. Native American history is captured through territorial records, Jesuit archives on Northwest tribes, the Papers of Chief John Ross, the Society of American Indians, and the Papers of Eleazar Wheelock.

Educators, inventors, and innovators include George Washington Carver, Thomas Edison, George Ellery Hale, John Peabody Harrington, Joseph Henry, John Franklin Jameson, Washington Matthews, Robert Millikan, Robert Mills, John Muir, Frederick Law Olmstead, Charles Willson Peale, Leo Szilard, William Thornton, and those instrumental in establishing Yellowstone as the first national park in the United States.

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