Access to Historical Records Webinars Announced

I would like to bring to your attention three upcoming webinars regarding NHPRC’s Access to Historical Records grant program. The webinar schedule and instructions appear at the end of the message. To view slides from the webinar, please click this link: AccessToHistoricalRecordsWebinar1.

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission invites applications for this grant program to promote the preservation and use of the nation’s most valuable archival resources. This program is designed to support repositories in preserving and processing primary source materials of national significance. The program emphasizes the creation of online tools that facilitate the public discovery of historical records.

The Commission looks to fund projects that undertake the following activities:

  • Preservation, arrangement, and online description of historical records in all formats
  • Digital preservation of electronic records and unstable audio and moving image formats

After completing arrangement and description activities, applicants may also digitize selected archival series from the processed materials to provide online access to collections. Applicants that intend solely to digitize materials will be asked to submit proposals to the Digital Dissemination of Archival Collections program. 

Applicants must have an existing archival program in place. This grant program does not support archival start-up activities of any kind, including electronic records start-ups. For answers to some frequently asked questions, please visit this link.

A grant normally is for one to two years and for up to $200,000. The Commission expects to make up to 14 grants in this category for a total of up to $1,000,000. Grants begin no earlier than 1 January 2016.

Deadlines: DRAFT 3 April 2015; FINAL 17 June 2015. 


Webinars will be held on the following dates and times:

Wednesday, 18 February @ 3:30 p.m. Eastern

Listen to a digital recording of this webinar, please follow this link.

Monday, 23 February @ 3:30 p.m. Eastern

Thursday, 26 February @ 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Webinar attendees will need to click on the following link ( and enter their name and email address. You do not need to pre-register for these webinars. Please email me at if you have any questions.

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