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National Historical Publications and Records Commission: Access to Historical Records

Deadline: January 17, 2019

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) seeks projects that will significantly improve public discovery and use of major historical records collections. The NHPRC is especially interested in collections of America’s early legal records, such as the records of colonial, territorial, county, and early statehood and tribal proceedings that document the evolution of the nation’s legal history.

All types of historical records are eligible, including documents, photographs, born-digital records, and analog audio and moving images. Projects may:

  • Digitize historical records collections, or related collections, held by a single institution and make them freely available online
  • Create new freely-available virtual collections drawn from historical records held by multiple institutions
  • Provide access to born-digital records
  • Create new tools and methods for users to access records

The NHPRC welcomes collaborative projects, particularly for bringing together related records from multiple institutions. Projects that address significant needs in the field and result in replicable and scalable approaches will be more competitive. The NHPRC also encourages organizations to actively engage the public in the work of the project.

Amount: A total of up to $1,000,000 is available to award up to five grants that range from $100,000-$350,000. The grant period is one to three years. Grants begin no earlier than January 1, 2020.

Eligibility: U.S. nonprofit organizations or institutions; U.S. colleges, universities, and other academic institutions; State or local government agencies; and Federally-acknowledged or state-recognized Native American tribes or groups.

*Note: A preliminary proposal is due by January 17, 2019. Only invited applicants may submit full proposals. Full proposals are due July 11, 2019.

Link: https://www.archives.gov/nhprc/announcement/major-19

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