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National Archives Awards Grants for Improving Public Access to Historical Records
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) unveiled new grants awarded by Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero: more than $3 million for 35 projects in 21 states. For example:
- Grants went to 13 documentary editing projects to publish the papers of key American figures, including Jane Addams, Abraham Lincoln, and Frederick Douglass.
- The Institute for Editing Historical Documents, which began in 1972, received a grant to continue its work in providing training to documentary editors.
- Two grants went to projects to increase public engagement with historical records: the Historical Society of Pennsylvania will run a week-long summer institute for K-12 educators to train them in archival research and provide them with strategies to use primary source materials in their curricula, and the History Center in Tompkins County, New York, will use U.S. Census records, Sanborn maps, and other records to develop a web application for educators to illustrate how local communities looked in the past and evolved over time.
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