Digitizing Boston’s Desegregation Records for the Classroom

In 1972, parents of African American children brought a class action lawsuit alleging that the Boston School Committee violated the 14th Amendment with a deliberate policy of racial segregation. The judge found that Boston schools had intentionally carried out a program of segregation and ordered the School Committee to formulate a desegregation plan. When the … Continue reading Digitizing Boston’s Desegregation Records for the Classroom

TR and the Archives

Have you been watching "The Roosevelts" on PBS? Bully! As many know, President Franklin Roosevelt was instrumental in the creation of the National Archives, signing the 1934 Act that established both the Archives and the National Historical Publications Commission (later renamed as the National Historical Publications and Records Commission). But it was President Theodore Roosevelt … Continue reading TR and the Archives

Webinars on Digital Dissemination grants

We've scheduled four webinars for people interested in applying for a grant under Digital Dissemination of Archival Collections program. The National Historical Publications and Records Commission invites applications for its new archival grant program to expand access to the nation’s most valuable archival resources. This grant program is designed to support the digitization of primary … Continue reading Webinars on Digital Dissemination grants

The rise of digital historical resources

From the very first year of NHPRC funding, the Commission has embraced new technologies to increase public access to historical records. In the beginning, the strategy was to fund both historical documentary editions in print publications and the microfilming of collections of historical records. Microfilm editions were effective ways for editors to assemble records from … Continue reading The rise of digital historical resources

JFK on the National Historical Publications and Records Commission

On June 17, 1963, President John Kennedy hosted a luncheon at the White House for the editors and sponsors of the historical documentary editions of the papers of the Founders and other leading figures in American history. At the luncheon, he endorsed the idea of funding for the National Historical Publications Commission (as the NHPRC … Continue reading JFK on the National Historical Publications and Records Commission

Founders Online: Looking Forward, with your help

Tomorrow marks the first birthday of the online tool, Founders Online – http://www.founders.archives.gov. This resource contains over 150,000 transcribed letters and other writings of six Founders of the nation – George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and Benjamin Franklin. The transcribed documents are all in one place, fully searchable, and freely … Continue reading Founders Online: Looking Forward, with your help