This is an important time to be in the business of providing access to historical records. More people than ever are connecting with historical documents, searching for and finding them online, using them in new ways, and adding new content. The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) of the National Archives is responding to these opportunities with revised grants programs to better serve the American people. But, we need your help with this effort!
The Commission has looked closely at the current state of the nation’s historical records and its own unique mission, expertise, and resources. One result is its forthcoming report, The Digital Citizen and the American Record, to be released later this month.
In addition, the NHPRC is revising its grant programs. The Commission is targeting its funding on outcomes that expand public access to the nation’s documentary resources. Our new and revised programs will:
- Expand our support of online publishing to enhance online public access to primary sources;
- Emphasize “making access happen” in our support for records processing, arrangement and description;
- Initiate support for a National Partnership for Digital Government by working with state archives to preserve and provide access to government electronic records holdings;
- Support public programming undertaken by state historical records advisory boards to better support access to and use of historical records by ordinary citizens and students; and
- Invest in innovative approaches to improve digital literacy and increase citizen engagement with historical records.
Here in Annotation, we will post overviews of each of our six new programs along with drafts of the new grant announcements. We welcome your comments on the announcements here on the NHPRC blog. In addition, each post will include information on webinars about these new programs that we will hold between February 19-26. These webinars are designed to provide direct contact with the NHPRC staff to ask questions and share your ideas.
We need your feedback by Monday, March 31, 2014 in order to meet the new schedule for the FY 2015 grants cycle.
Thanks to everyone for your interest in the NHPRC and its grants programs. We are looking forward to discussing our new grants programs with you in the coming days!