Be a PAHR Pusher!

Preserving the American Historical Record Act – H.R. 2256

Authorizes formula-based grants to every state and territory to protect the essential evidence of American government and society held by state and local governments, historical societies, and libraries nationwide.

Status
The Preserving the American Historical Record (PAHR) bill was introduced in the 111th Congress by co-sponsors, Representatives Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) and John McHugh (R-NY). The bill, H.R. 2256, has been assigned to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. This legislation will provide authorization for the Preserving the American Historical Record (PAHR) program to preserve essential documents and archival records held in state and local governments and historical institutions.

Background
The Preserving the American Historical Record Act will provide formula-based funding to states, territories, and the District of Columbia for statewide projects and redistribution to local governments, historical societies, library historical collections, universities, and other organizations to ensure essential care of and improve access to documents and historical records in many forms, from paper to electronic media.

States would establish strategic funding priorities reflecting local needs for projects in the following areas:

•Creating access tools, including archival finding aids, documentary editions, indexes, and images of key records online;
•Preservation actions, such as digitization projects, electronic records archives, and collections assessment;
•Disaster preparedness and recovery initiatives for essential records;
•Educational initiatives to use historical records in creative ways, including development of teaching materials for K-12, college students, new immigrant populations, and lifelong learners;
•Programs to provide education and training to archivists and others who care for historical records, in particular to ensure that they are prepared both to manage the electronic records being created and to provide online access for public use.

The PAHR program leverages millions of additional dollars from state and local programs through a 50% cost-sharing requirement for every dollar granted. The projects funded will provide economic stimulus to states and communities by providing employment opportunities that will produce meaningful and direct benefits for local governments, students, and the general public, including better access to public and historical records, new educational opportunities, and a richer understanding of American history at the state and local level. As the program will be directed through existing state archives that are ready to distribute funds quickly, the effects can be almost immediate in localities and communities.

Mississippi would receive $549,156 if passed!

More information, including the full text of the bill is available at: www.archivists.org/pahr.

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