National Historical Publications & Records Commission

Publishing Historical Records Projects

Publishing Historical Records

The Commission supports projects to publish historical records of national significance.
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Through NHPRC Publishing Historical Records grants, documentary editors and the documents with which they edit have been featured in television documentaries dealing with the Civil War, and the lives of Andrew Jackson, Ulysses Grant, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Marcus Garvey, Emma Goldman, Margaret Sanger, and Eleanor Roosevelt.

  • Other documentary editions form the basis for classroom use. The First Congress, Lincoln, and Goldman projects have prepared curriculum guides. Beyond the classroom, documentary editions allow scholars to mine primary source materials for new critical works. The Freedom History project, for example, has been cited in 23 reference works, 130 monographs, 212 scholarly articles, and 68 college-level textbooks.
  • Editors from the First Congress, Garvey, and Goldman Papers have prepared exhibits or assisted with the preparation of exhibits on their subjects. Documents collected by the Black Petitions project provided the text for "Let My People Go," a theatrical presentation that has been performed approximately 70 times around the country.

More and more projects are reaching general audiences through the Internet. These are a selection of funded Publishing Historical Records projects with web sites.

  • Papers of Jefferson Davis
    The papers of the President of the Confederate States of America.

  • Papers of Frederick Douglass
    The papers of U.S. abolitionist and equal rights activist.

  • Thomas A. Edison Papers
    A selected edition of the works of the inventor, famed as the "Wizard of Menlo Park."

  • The Papers of Dwight Eisenhower
    A print and online selected edition of the papers of Dwight Eisenhower, general and U.S. President.

  • Freedmen and Southern Society
    Home of the award-winning project, Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867.

  • Papers of Marcus Garvey and the UNIA
    The documents and papers of Marcus Garvey, leader of the largest organized mass movement in black history, the Universal Negro Improvement Association.

  • Emma Goldman Papers
    A selected edition of the papers of Emma Goldman, early 20th century social activist and feminist.

  • Samuel Gompers Papers
    The papers of the nation's leading trade unionist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and president of the American Federation of Labor, 1886-1924.

  • U. S. Grant Association
    Home of the Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, Civil War general and U.S. President.

  • The Papers of Joseph Henry
    The Smithsonian Institution's online guide to Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian, 1846-1878.

  • Harriet Jacobs Papers
    A two-volume documentary edition of papers by and about the 19th-century African-American author, abolitionist, and reformer Harriet Jacobs (1813-1897).

  • Papers of John Jay
    An image database and index to the unpublished writings of John Jay, revolutionary, ambassador, and first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

  • Florence Kelley Papers
    A selected documentary edition of the papers of Florence Kelley, suffragist and executive director of the National Consumers League.

  • Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.
    A selected documentary edition of the papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader.

  • The Jacob Leisler Papers
    The historical records relating to New York merchant and rebel governor Jacob Leisler (1640-1691) and six generations of the Leisler family from 1550 to 1800.

  • The Papers of George Catlett Marshall
    The papers of George Marshall, general and architect of the Marshall Plan.

  • The Papers of John Marshall
    In partnership with the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, the home of the papers of John Marshall, statesman and jurist, who served as chief justice of the Supreme Court, 1801-1835.

  • Clarence Mitchell, Jr. Papers
    The papers of this key figure in the passage of Civil Rights legislation in the 1950s and 60s.

  • Model Editions Project
    A special cooperative undertaking with the University of South Carolina to create online editions of historical documents which meet the standards scholars traditionally use in preparing printed editions.

  • Lucretia Coffin Mott Papers Project
    The papers of the 19th century activist for abolition of slavery, women's rights, school and prison reforms, temperance, peace, and religious tolerance.

  • Papers of Charles Willson Peale and His Family
    The archive traces the family's history from the the 1730s through the 1880s, with particular focus on Charles Willson Peale, artist, Revolutionary soldier, naturalist and museum keeper, and Enlightenment polymath.

  • President Recordings Project
    Through the Miller Center of Public Affairs, an online edition of White House Tapes of Presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon, with select print editions of transcripts.

  • The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers
    A selected print and online edition of the papers of Eleanor Roosevelt, the Human Rights Years, 1945-1962.

  • The Margaret Sanger Papers Project
    A selected edition of the papers of this 20th century advocate for equal rights for women.

  • Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
    A selected edition of the papers of these two key figures in the fight for women's rights.

  • The Howard Thurman Papers
    The papers of civil rights leader, pastor, and educator Howard Thurman.

  • The Booker T. Washington Papers
    The papers of educator and founder of Tuskegee Institute.

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