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National Historical Publications and Records Commission: Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions

Deadline: June 13, 2018

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 NHPRC seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical records. Projects may focus on the papers of major figures from American history or cover broad historical movements in politics, social reform, business, military, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience. The historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project.

The goal of this program is to provide access to, and editorial context for, the historical documents and records that tell the American story. Applicants should demonstrate familiarity with the best practices recommended by the Association for Documentary Editing or the Modern Language Association Committee on Scholarly Editions.

Grants are awarded for collecting, describing, preserving, compiling, transcribing, annotating, editing, encoding, and publishing documentary source materials online and in print. Because of the focus on documentary sources, grants do not support preparation of critical editions of published works unless such works are just a small portion of the larger project.

Amount: $2,500,000 is available for up to 25 grants of up to $200,000 each. A 50% cost share is required.

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

Link: https://www.archives.gov/nhprc/announcement/editions.html

Note: An optional draft is due by April 4, 2018.

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