Last Seen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K-PdwmRxnQ&feature=emb_logo The language is often strikingly direct. In the years after the Civil War, family members and friends often placed advertisements in black newspapers looking for information about missing family members, separated by the cruelty of the slave trade and the exigencies of the war. They are "Information Wanted" ads that often noted when and … Continue reading Last Seen

The Candidates (Part One)

Every four years a presidential election rolls around, and we are reminded of the history of those exciting weeks in autumn. The National Historical Publications and Records Commission has played a key role in documenting those elections through preserving and publishing the papers of the winners and the also-rans. This week let’s look at who … Continue reading The Candidates (Part One)

Penman of the Revolution

1903 edition of Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania. Between December 2, 1767 through the following April, a series of protest letters appeared in 19 English-language newspapers in the 13 American colonies from a “A Farmer in Pennsylvania.” Eventually the twelve letters were collected and reprinted and reached an even wider audience, helping to unite … Continue reading Penman of the Revolution

Founders Online Adds the Papers of John Jay

In celebration of Constitution Day, the National Archives, through a collaboration between its National Historical Publications and Records Commission and The University of Virginia (UVA) Press, is pleased to announce that the Selected Papers of John Jay have been added to Founders Online. Jay’s papers join the fully-searchable database of records from  George Washington, John Adams, … Continue reading Founders Online Adds the Papers of John Jay

National Archives Awards $2.62 Million in Grants for Documentary Editing and Archival Projects

Washington, DC…Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero has awarded 30 grants totaling $2.62 million for historical records projects in 18 states and the District of Columbia. The National Archives grants program is carried out through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. A complete list of new grants is available online at http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/awards/awards-5-14.htmlContinue reading National Archives Awards $2.62 Million in Grants for Documentary Editing and Archival Projects

A Time of Opportunity and Change

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 … Continue reading A Time of Opportunity and Change

Age of Jefferson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4HzbjtzijUk The Age of Jefferson, a free online course by Peter S. Onuf at the University of Virginia, begins soon. The course will include a total of six lectures. One lecture will be released each week, beginning on Monday, February 17, 2014. Once a given week's lecture is posted, you will be able to view … Continue reading Age of Jefferson

Founders Online Nominated for Digital Humanities Award

Founders Online, a project supported by the NHPRC, has been nominated for a 2013 Digital Humanities Award. You can check out all of the nominees -- and vote -- at http://dhawards.org/dhawards2013/voting/ Founders Online provides Internet access to the papers of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams (and family), Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison. … Continue reading Founders Online Nominated for Digital Humanities Award