NHPRC-Mellon Foundation Initiative to diversify documentary editing and editions.

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I thought that the following excerpt from a recent program announcement by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission of the National Archives (NHPRC) would be of special interest to many members of H-West.


The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), with funding provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks proposals for its new program for Collaborative Digital Editions in African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American History. With an overarching goal to broaden participation in the production and publication of historical and scholarly digital editions, the Start-Up grants program is designed:


● To provide opportunities that augment the preparation and training of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) new to the work of historical documentary editing, especially those currently working in history or related area and ethnic studies departments.

● To encourage and support the innovative and collaborative re-thinking of the historical and scholarly digital edition itself—how it is conceived, whose voices it centers, and for what purposes.

● To encourage and support the early planning and development of significant, innovative, and well-conceived digital edition projects rooted in African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American history and ethnic studies.

● To stimulate meaningful, mutually beneficial, and respectful collaborations that help to bridge longstanding institutional inequalities by promoting resource sharing and capacity building at all levels, and that build into their plans a variety of means for achieving meaningful community and user input and engagement.

I represented the OAH at NHPRC for the last six years and was excited to see the creative work that Darrell Meadows and other members of the Commission’s staff put into developing this collaboration and while I’ve now stepped off the Commission, I’m confident that the initiative enjoys the full support of Commission members. The full text of the program announcement, which includes details about how to apply for "Start Up" grants appears online at https://www.archives.gov/nhprc/announcement/digitaleditions

I'm available to answer basic questions and can refer you to the appropriate staff at NHPRC for questions I can't answer.


George Miles

William Robertson Coe Curator
Yale Collection of Western Americana
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library