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National Historical Publications and Records Commission

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission, an agency within the National Archives, promotes the preservation and use of America’s documentary heritage to foster an understanding of our democracy, history, and culture.

NHPRC annually awards grants for a variety of projects that assist archives through a network of state partners edit and publish historical records of national importance preserve and make accessible records and archives.

The MHRAB is available to advise institutions about the preparation of proposals. The MHRAB also reviews grant proposals submitted by Mississippi institutions to NHPRC and makes recommendations to the NHPRC for funding. For more information about grants from NHPRC, visit their Web site.


A Partial List of NHPRC-funded Projects in Mississippi

Since 1964, the NHPRC has awarded $163 million to 4,200 projects in all 50 states and special jurisdictions. The NHPRC has played a unique role in supporting historical records projects of special value to Mississippi, including:

African American Business Records – Supported a statewide survey and the organization of a collection of business records and personal papers for twentieth-century African Americans from Mississippi

Establish Network of Archives in Mississippi – Supported the establishment and enhancement of archives in several locations, including the Association of American Railroads, Lauderdale County, Mississippi Valley State University, and the University of Mississippi

Electronic Records Program – Funded the establishment of an electronic records program to preserve Mississippi’s holdings and to make them more accessible

Heritage Support for Mississippi Communities – Supported the preservation of historic records held at smaller Mississippi repositories

State Archives – Provided funding to modernize the state archives program, relocate and update its holdings, and prepare for emergencies

Local Records in Mississippi – Supported the organization, preservation, management, and accessibility of local records throughout the state


Cost of selected projects supported by NHPRC in Mississippi

  • $714,152 – direct federal grants
  • $1,461,666 – state and local contributions
  • $2,175,818 – TOTAL

Territorial Records Inventory Project (TRIP) – Provided funding to review pre-1920 county records in Mississippi’s fourteen territorial counties and evaluate microfilmed records held at MDAH.


Mississippi municipalities and organizations that have received assistance from the NHPRC

City of Hattiesburg
City of Meridian
Jackson State University
Lauderdale County Department of Archives and History
Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Mississippi Valley State University
University of Mississippi
University of Southern Mississippi


Other Funding Agencies

Several programs not related to the Mississippi Historical Records Advisory Board also provide grant funds to support the management and preservation of historical collections and public programs relating to those collections:

Heritage Preservation / Conservation Assessment Program
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Mississippi Humanities Council
National Endowment for the Humanities
Save America’s Treasures