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Featured Projects: Preservation and Access

Panel: Family History Research Using Chronicling America
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Dispatches from the National Digital Newspaper Program Annual Meeting

Since 2005, the National Digital Newspaper Program, a partnership between NEH, the Library of Congress (LC), and state institutions, has sought to bring open access to historic American newspapers to the general public.  The product of that partnership, the Chronicling America website, now holds 10 million digitized newspaper pages from 40 state and territorial partners.

Posted: October 8, 2015
Maps of NDNP State Partners
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Wisconsin and Delaware Join the National Digital Newspaper Program

We are happy to announce that two new partners have joined the National Digital Newspaper Program!  NEH has made awards to the State Historical Society of Wisconsin and the University of Delaware to digitize newspapers from their states.

Posted: August 25, 2015
Aerial view of the Giza Necropolis, looking west
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Preserving the Cultural Heritage of the Ancient Near East and the Mediterranean World

With the ongoing destruction of cultural sites and collections in the Middle East, the protection of archaeological and historical resources in that important region has become an international priority. Through the Division of Preservation and Access the NEH is working to preserve and make accessible large and valuable collections of art and archaeological remains, cuneiform texts, seal impressions, and coins and manuscripts from the Near East and across the Mediterranean.

Posted: July 7, 2015
What Shall We Do With the Fourth?
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Bonfires, Greased Pig Races, Pickle Contests, and More: Historic Fourth of July Celebrations from Chronicling America

When was the last time you celebrated the Fourth of July by participating in a greased pig competition, a velocipede race, or a pickle contest? The historic newspapers in Chronicling America reveal that over time, Americans have interpreted this celebration in very different ways.

Posted: June 22, 2015
Invitation to the Harvest Festival Dinner Dance, 1917
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Standing Together at Home: World War I and World War II Ephemera at the Museum of the City of New York

Why did a group of New York City lawyers get together to create a garden that produced enough food to feed a small town? This is just one question provoked by the rich Ephemera Collections at the Museum of the City of New York.

Posted: June 9, 2015
Meeting to develop a pilot project to digitize archival sources.
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Establishing a Firm “Foundation” for Preservation and Access Projects

It’s no secret that effective planning is essential in undertaking cultural heritage preservation and access work.  In 2012, NEH introduced a funding opportunity to support the developmental stages of many kinds of preservation and access projects through its HCRR Foundations grants.

Posted: May 28, 2015
Advertisement for the White House, Mens and Ladies Fashions.
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New Mexico, New Spain, Old Cultures: Historic Spanish-Language Newspapers in Chronicling America

Open one of the dozens of Spanish-language newspapers published in the United States today and you can keep up with local, national, and international news, and read about politics, entertainment, health, advice, reviews, and advertisements.  Much the same can be said for the flourishing Spanish-language press of the 19th- and early 20th-century United States.  NEH and the Library of Congress’s online newspaper database Chronicling America now contains 36 Spanish-language and bilingual newspapers published in the United States between 1836 and 1922, totaling 71,404 pages.

Posted: May 14, 2015
WESTPAS workshop
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Training Cultural Heritage Workers for Disaster Preparedness and Response

NEH’s Preservation and Access Education and Training program has provided support to cultural heritage institutions to increase awareness about disaster preparedness. In this feature, Preservation and Access staff speaks with WESTPAS about efforts to develop disaster response plans in the Pacific Islands.

Posted: May 1, 2015
“Band Instrument Capital of the World,” Elkhart County, Indiana.
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Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions Guidelines Available!

Are you a small institution with a significant humanities collection?  Then you may want to apply to the NEH's Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions. Guidelines are available for the next deadline of May 5, 2015, and now is the right time to be planning if you want to submit an application this year.

Posted: March 12, 2015
NEH Preservation & Access
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NEH and the Preservation and Access of Audiovisual Cultural Heritage

This presentation addresses the significance of audiovisual heritage, NEH grant programming that supports the preservation and access of audiovisual humanities collections, and a brief summary of the crisis of audiovisual preservation and access.

Posted: March 10, 2015