Archive for June, 2009

Archives: Basic Projects Grants

June 22, 2009

Courtesy of the SCArchivists list serv and Roy Tryon, State Archivist: -gmc

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission staff will
hold a conference call on June 29, 2009, to answer questions about its
Archives: Basic Projects grants.

In brief, the Commission developed this category because it is
particularly concerned that some historical collections in archives and
repositories are difficult for most researchers to find because they are
not processed or represented in national catalogs. As a result, the
Commission seeks proposals for projects that support backlog processing
and collections cataloging, phased preservation, and/or collections

The full announcement is available on our website:

Applications are due on October 6, 2009. NHPRC staff will review drafts that are submitted by August 3, 2009.

The conference call will begin on Monday, June 29 at 3:00 PM Eastern
Time and last one hour. If you are interested in participating, please
send an email to Nathan Sowry at He will send you the information on how to participate. We are limited to 25
participants in this call. A second call will be scheduled for mid-July
for those unable to participate on June 29.

Please share this announcement with other appropriate individuals and

Daniel Stokes
Director for State Programs
National Historical Publications and Records Commission
(202) 357-5487


Guide to Grants for Preservation

June 13, 2009

Foundation Grants for Preservation in Libraries, Archives, and Museums, 2009 Edition [PDF: 2.3Mb / 125 p.] is a collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the Foundation Center. This publication lists 1,944 grants of $5,000 or more awarded by 488 foundations, from 2004 through the publication date of this guide. It covers grants to public, academic, research, school, and special libraries, and to archives and museums for activities related to conservation and preservation.  Direct link is

A reminder to us all:  Try to think not only in terms of your own institutional needs, but the needs of other members of this consortium.  If you see something promising for collaboration, please share. Grant agencies love it when collaborations work on a project.   -gmc  

Updates about Recent Events

June 5, 2009

Donna Alley relays a report about the Old Commons neighborhood event prepared by Maxine Lutz (another Old Commons neighbor and HBF’s Education Director):

• Money raised: $1664 to go towards the purchase of historical marker(s)
• Painting “Heart of Beaufort” is not the property of Carol Mulhall
• Alvesta Robertson was crowned “Queen” of the neighborhood
• Sons of Beaufort Lodge #36 raised $1000 from the fish fry which will be applied to the further restoration of their historic building

Rosalyn Browne and Ada McKenzie, of Penn Center, estimate that about
• 200-250 people came to the Smithsonian’s African American Treasures initiative on Sunday, May 31st.