Publishing Historical Records
National Historical Publications and Records Commission
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a part of the National Archives and Records
Administration (NARA), supports projects that promote the preservation and use of America's documentary heritage
essential to understanding our democracy, history, and culture.
Projects may focus on the papers of major figures from American life 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.
Grants are awarded for collecting, describing, preserving, compiling, editing, and publishing documentary source
materials. 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.
The NHPRC does not fund proposals to purchase historical records; it also does not fund proposals to publish the
papers of anyone who has been deceased for fewer than ten years.
Applicants may apply for funding up to three years. Applicants should be aware that the Commission normally
awards grants on an annual basis; subsequent funding is conditioned on previous years' project performance. Award
amounts ordinarily range from $20,000 to $250,000 annually. The Commission expects to make as many as 35-40
grants in this category, for a total of up to $4,500,000.
Colonial and Early National Period (projects preparing publications whose documents fall predominantly prior
• Draft (optional): April 1, 2011
• Final Deadline: June 9, 2011
NHPRC support begins no earlier than January 1, 2012.
New Republic through the Modern Era (projects preparing publications whose documents fall predominantly
• Draft (optional): August 2, 2011
• Final Deadline: October 6, 2011
NHPRC support begins no earlier than July 1, 2012.
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