The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals that use cost-effective methods to digitize nationally significant historical record collections and make the digital versions freely available online. Projects must make use of existing holdings of historical repositories and consist of entire collections or series. The materials should already be available to the public at the archives and described so that projects can re-use existing information to serve as metadata for the digitized collection.
To make these projects as widely useful as possible for archives, historical repositories, and researchers, the applications must demonstrate:
The national significance of the collections or records series to be digitized;
An effective work flow that repurposes existing descriptive material, rather than creating new metadata about the records;
Reasonable costs and standards for the project as well as sustainable preservation plans for the resulting digital records;
Well-designed plans that evaluate the use of the digitized materials and the effectiveness of the methods employed in digitizing and displaying the materials.
Projects may not use grant funds to:
create descriptive metadata
create edited transcriptions of the digitized materials
develop websites where people will have to pay a fee to view the images.
Archives and other repositories of historical documents are eligible if they are part of:
A grant normally is for 1 to 3 years and up to $150,000. The Commission expects to make up to 5 grants in this category, for a total of up to $400,000.
The Commission requires that grant recipients acknowledge NHPRC grant assistance in all products that result from its support.
Cost sharing is required. It is the financial contribution the applicant pledges to the cost of a project. Cost sharing can include both direct and indirect expenses, in-kind contributions, non-Federal third-party contributions, and any income earned directly by the project. The NHPRC will provide up to 50 percent of the total project costs.
Center for the Humanities
and the Public Sphere
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
200 Walker Hall
P.O. Box 118030
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611