An Announcement from the National Endowment for the Humanities

The Division of Preservation and Access of the National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting applications for grants in its Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program, with a deadline of July 16, 2019. These grants support projects to preserve and create intellectual access to such collections as rare books, journals, manuscript and archival materials, maps, still and moving images, sound recordings, art, and objects of material culture. Awards also support the creation of reference works, online resources, and research tools of major importance to the humanities. Eligible activities are wide-ranging; many involve the use of digital methods. Further details, including links to the application guidelines and other resources, are available at:

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Offers Deaccessioned Collection Items

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) has an announcement to share with museums, historical societies, and other educational institutions.

The PHMC places a high priority on keeping objects in the public domain. Whenever possible, deaccessioned objects will be sold, exchanged, or transferred to responsible, non-profit, educational institutions whose missions are relevant to the deaccessioned objects, and who will adequately care for the objects and ensure the general public’s access to them. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission recognizes a limited number of objects have nominal market value and will consider proposals to transfer some objects to other institutions at no cost to the recipient beyond the costs of shipping/transportation. We would ask, however that you express any interest you might have in these items by June 24, 2019.

Read the full announcement here.


Historical and Archival Records Care Grants Program Opened May 1, 2019

The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) and the Pennsylvania State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) are now accepting applications for the Historical & Archival Records Care (HARC) grant program. The application deadline is August 1, 2019.

Funding is available to historical records repositories, such as: historical societies; libraries; universities; local governments; and school districts for collections care, including surveying; inventorying; preserving; arranging; and describing historical records significant to Pennsylvania, as well as for records reformatting and equipment.  Applicants may apply for up to $15,000 with a 50/50 cash or in kind match.  Smaller grants in amounts up to $5,000 are available with no match required. Funding is provided by PHMC.

More information can be found on the HARC Grant page at: