Monday, June 8, 2009

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Archives- Detailed Processing Projects CFDA 89.003

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals for detailed processing and preservation of collections of national significance. The collections also should have high research demand or substantial preservation challenges. Applicants must have virtually all of their collections processed sufficiently so that researchers can find them, and they must have procedures in place to prevent the creation of new backlogs. If archives have not achieved these goals, they should review the Archives - Basic Projects grant announcement. In general, proposals should describe how the repository will process and create detailed descriptions at the series or file level. In the course of such processing, some selective refoldering and basic cleaning may be needed, and applicants must explain whether any item level treatment will be necessary, including removing fasteners, opening envelopes, and flattening, copying, encapsulating, de-acidifying, and mending documents. Projects should revise corresponding collection-level records and submit them to national library catalogs.
Applications are due by October 6, 2009.

In general, they should also create or revise detailed finding aids using Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and provide them to a national archival database and appropriate regional and institutional databases. If other search mechanisms, descriptive methods, or name indexes are necessary for parts of collections, applicants should explain the reasons for creating these tools. For collections of fragile textual materials, applicants may apply for grants in support of preservation microfilming or other media. If parts of collections deserve item-level processing, proposals must justify this detailed work and provide estimates of the percentage of collections to be processed to the item level. When appropriate, applicants should consider hybrid microfilm/digitization (using dual head cameras, or microfilm-to-digital or digital-to-microfilm techniques). Applicants may propose limited digitization of series or items that have the most potential to benefit a broad public, or that provide illustrations of the type of records and documents found in the series and collection. Applications should detail the standards to be used in this process, itemize anticipated expenses, and estimate the percentage of the collections to be digitized. Applicants who wish only to engage in digitization should see the Digitizing Historical Records announcement. For collections of unstable audio, film, or video materials, applicants may propose preservation reformatting or migration. Applicants should also outline their publicity and outreach plans for promoting use of collections.

Document Type: Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number: DETAILED-200910
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Posted Date: Jun 05, 2009
Creation Date: Jun 05, 2009
Original Closing Date for Applications: Oct 06, 2009
Current Closing Date for Applications: Oct 06, 2009
Archive Date: Nov 05, 2009
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Humanities (see "Cultural Affairs" in CFDA)
Category Explanation:
Expected Number of Awards: 7
Estimated Total Program Funding: $700,000
Award Ceiling: $200,000
Award Floor: $40,000
CFDA Number(s): 89.003 -- National Historical Publications and Records Grants
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Yes

Complete grant announcement for Archives- Detailed Processing Projects, including additional requirements and instructions

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