JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Secretary of State Robin Carnahan announced today that the Missouri State Archives will make $61,576 available for historical records preservation and access projects throughout the state. The funding, which will be awarded to local institutions through a competitive grant process, is part of a $70,000 grant awarded to the Missouri State Archives by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
In 2010, the Missouri Historical Records Grant Program (MHRGP) awarded funding to a variety of institutions across the state, including local historical societies, public universities, city governments and regional museums. These grants helped to preserve many unique collections, including an assortment of rare architectural drawings from the St. Joseph area, records documenting the early history of the City of Columbia, historical correspondence from Taney County, and rare photographs from the National Churchill Museum in Fulton.
All of the state's public and private records repositories that care for documents of significant historical value are eligible for the MHRGP. This includes historical, ethnic, and religious societies; museums; libraries; colleges and universities; and local government entities. MHRGP funds may be used for projects that preserve and provide access to historical records, including hiring consultants, purchasing archival supplies and equipment, surveying and describing collections, and utilizing conservation services.
The MHRGP is administered by the State Archives on behalf of the Missouri Historical Records Advisory Board (MHRAB). The MHRAB is the central advisory board for projects relating to historic records that are developed and carried out within Missouri. The secretary of state serves as state coordinator and chairs the board, with the assistance of the state archivist, who serves as deputy coordinator. Since creating the MHRGP, the MHRAB has provided over $673,000 to Missouri's historical records repositories. This year, the MHRAB is encouraging applicants to submit grant proposals related to traditionally under documented collections, including: vanishing Missouri businesses and institutions, post-World War II immigrant communities, and small and non-affiliated religious organizations.
Applications are due November 1, 2012. To learn more about the MHRGP and download an application, please visit www.sos.mo.gov/archives/mhrab/guidelines.asp. For additional information, contact Shelly Croteau at (573) 751-4303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.