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MHC and the NHPRC

Feb 18, 2011 by Leslie Fields

MHC's Archives & Special Collections is currently undertaking a NHPRC electronic records grant project to ensure the availability of vital born-digital materials to future generations of the College community. Mount Holyoke was one of just three institutions across the nation to garner an award in this category, along with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Hawaii State Archives.

But what is the NHPRC?

Since 1964, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) has supported a wide range of activities to preserve, publish, and encourage the use of documentary sources, created in every medium from quill pen to computer, relating to the history of the United States.

The NHPRC is chaired by the Archivist of the United States; is composed of representatives of the three branches of the Federal Government as well as archivists, historians, and documentary editors; and has awarded over 4,200 grants to state and local archives, colleges and universities, libraries and historical societies, and other non-profit organizations.

The NHPRC has funded projects such as The Papers of Benjamin Franklin and the Thomas Edison Papers; the digital collections database from the Denver Public Library Western History/Genealogy Department and the Colorado Historical Society; and “Camp Edit.”

The MHC archivists are very excited to have the support of the NHPRC for our community's important electronic records project!

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