National Archives and Records Administration: Public Engagement with Historical Records
The Public Engagement with Historical Records initiative supports projects that encourage public engagement with historical records, including the development of new tools that enable people to engage online. The initiative seeks projects that create models and technologies that other institutions can freely adopt. In general, collaborations among archivists, documentary editors, historians, educators, and/or community-based individuals are more likely to create a competitive proposal. Projects that focus on innovative methods to introduce primary source materials and how to use them in multiple locations also are more likely to create a competitive proposal.
Projects might create and develop programs to engage people in the study and use of historical records for institutional, educational, or personal reasons. For example, an applicant can:
- Enlist volunteer “citizen archivists” in projects to accelerate access to historical records, especially those online. This may include, but is not limited to, efforts to identify, tag, transcribe, annotate, or otherwise enhance digitized historical records.
- Develop educational programs for K-12 students, undergraduate classes, or community members that encourage them to engage with historical records already in repositories or that are collected as part of the project.
- Collect primary source material from people through public gatherings and sponsor discussions or websites about the results.
- Use historical records in artistic endeavors. This could include K-12 students, undergraduate classes, or community members. Examples include projects that encourage researching and writing life stories for performance; using record facsimiles in painting, sculpture, or audiovisual collages; or using text as lyrics for music or as music.
- Develop technologies that encourage the sharing of information about historical records.
Amount: A total of $275,000 is available to fund up to three awards that may range from $50,000-$150,000. No more than 50 percent of total direct project costs will be awarded.
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations or institutions; colleges, universities, and other academic institutions; state or local government agencies; federally-acknowledged or state-recognized Native American tribes or groups.
Note: There is an (optional) draft deadline on August 8, 2017.
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