January 14, 2021

Funds Available to Promote Historical Records Access-due Feb. 25


The Access to Historical Records: Major Initiatives program supports projects that promote access to America's historical records to encourage understanding of our democracy, history, and culture. The program considers projects that will significantly improve public discovery and use of major historical records collections. Special interest is given to collections of America's early legal records, such as the records of colonial, territorial, county, and early statehood and tribal proceedings that document the evolution of the nation's legal history. All types of historical records are eligible, including documents, photographs, born-digital records, and analog audio and moving images. Preliminary proposals are due February 25, 2021.

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The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) supports projects that promote access to America's historical records to encourage understanding of our democracy, history, and culture.

Grant Program Description

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that will significantly improve public discovery and use of major historical records collections. The Commission is especially interested in collections of America’s early legal records, such as the records of colonial, territorial, county, and early statehood and tribal proceedings that document the evolution of the nation’s legal history.

All types of historical records are eligible, including documents, photographs, born-digital records, and analog audio and moving images. Projects may:

  • Digitize historical records collections, or related collections, held by a single institution and make them freely available online
  • Create new freely-available virtual collections drawn from historical records held by multiple institutions
  • Provide access to born-digital records
  • Create new tools and methods for users to access records

The NHPRC welcomes collaborative projects, particularly for bringing together related records from multiple institutions. Projects that address significant needs in the field and result in replicable and scalable approaches will be more competitive. We also encourage organizations to actively engage the public in the work of the project.

Award Information

A grant is for one to three years. Awards will be between $100,000 and $350,000. We expect to make up to five grants in this category for a total of up to $1,000,000. Grants begin no earlier than January 1, 2022.