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National Archives Awards $1.8 Million in Grants for Historical Records Projects

Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero has awarded 32 grants totaling $1,822,946 to projects being undertaken in 26 states and the District of Columbia. The National Archives grants program is carried out through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). A complete list of grants is online.

1024px-National_Archives_DC_2007sPublishing grants totaling nearly $482,532 went to four publishing projects from the U.S. Colonial and Early National Period: the papers of John Adams, Dolley Madison, the Documentary History of the Ratification of the U.S. Constitution, and the Documentary History of the First Federal Congress. The Commission also funded its ongoing cooperative agreement with the University of Virginia to support Founders Online, which provides free online access to the papers of the United States of America’s founders.

Grants totaling $621,761 went for State Board Programming grants to enable 21 state historical records advisory boards to carry out their mission to support archival education and strengthen the nation’s archival network.

Access to Historical Records grants, totaling $718,653, went to seven projects to make accessible the records of James D. Bales and the Red Scare at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; collections on the history of legalized gambling at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; railroad history at the Kheel Center for Labor History at Cornell University; photographs documenting Prohibition and the Great Depression in St. Louis through the Missouri Historical Society; voter registration in the American Southwest through the University of Texas, San Antonio; 13 key collections documenting the history of the Wildlife Conservation Society; and rare transcription discs recorded from the 1930s to the 1960s held by the Country Music Foundation.

The Archivist of the United States is the Chairman of the 15-member Commission, which includes representatives from all three branches of the Federal government as well as the leading archival and historical professional associations. Kathleen Williams is the Executive Director.

Established in 1934 with the National Archives, the NHPRC has awarded 5,000 grants for preserving, publishing, and providing access to the nation’s historical documents.

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