Webinar Announced for Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions

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. Potential applicants to the NHPRC’s Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions program are invited to attend either of two upcoming webinars on the program and application process. Webinar times and instructions appear at the end of the message.

The upcoming webinars are intended for currently-funded projects preparing for the June 17, 2015 deadline, and others who may be considering preparation of an application for the fall cycle (deadline October 8, 2015; this second deadline is open to both currently-funded projects and projects seeking first-time support).

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, military, business, social reform, 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The goal of this program is to provide access to, and editorial context for, the historical documents and records that tell the American story. The NHPRC encourages projects, whenever possible and appropriate, to provide access to these materials in a free and open online environment, without precluding other forms of publication.

Grants are awarded for collecting, describing, preserving, compiling, editing, and publishing documentary source materials in print and online. 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.

Applicants may apply for funding for one year. Award amounts may range from $30,000 to $200,000. Depending on the availability of funding, the Commission expects to make as many as 25 grants in this category, for a total of up to $2,500,000. Grants begin no earlier than January 1, 2016.

First Deadline: Any currently funded NHPRC documentary edition project: Funding Opportunity Number: EDITIONS-201506. Draft (optional): April 3, 2015. Final Deadline:  June 17, 2015. NHPRC support begins no earlier than January 1, 2016.

Second Deadline: Any currently funded NHPRC documentary edition project and any project seeking first time support: Funding Opportunity Number:   EDITIONS-201510. Draft (optional): August 3, 2015. Final Deadline:  October 8, 2015. NHPRC support begins no earlier than July 1, 2016.

A webinar will be held on Tuesday, 3 March @ 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Webinar attendees will need to click on the following link (https://connect16.uc.att.com/gsa1/meet/?ExEventID=89909710) and enter their name and email address. You do not need to pre-register. Please email me at darrell.meadows@nara.gov if you have any questions.

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