The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Division of Preservation and Access has offered Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions since 2000. These grants help small and mid-sized cultural heritage institutions such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections. The 2017 guidelines for Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions are available at https://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/preservation-assistance-grants-smaller-institutions. The deadline for applications is May 2, 2017.
The Archives Board will meet on January 17 to receive updates on The Episcopal Church's negotiations and development work to build a new Archives in downtown Austin. The Archives in Austin is envisioned as a center for honoring and celebrating the gifts and challenges for this province of the Anglican Communion. The Board will also discuss governance issues, the next triennial budget, and financial planning.
The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, an Archives Board member since 2010, was elected the Bishop of Indianapolis as the first African American woman to serve as a chief or diocesan bishop in The Episcopal Church. Congratulations to the Diocese of Indianapolis and to Jennifer, our friend and advocate, from the Board and staff of the Archives.
The Archives of the Episcopal Church announces the update of official governance documents held in the Digital Archives of General Convention. The Acts of Convention adds 315 resolutions from the 78th General Convention in Salt Lake City held in June and July, 2015 to the existing online database that begins in 1976.
Negotiations continue as The Episcopal Church works with select development partners, architects, and fundraising professionals to unlock the potential of the Church's great asset in its historical records. The Archives in Austin is envisioned as a center for honoring and celebrating the gifts and challenges for this province of the Anglican Communion.
In conjunction with the Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board, a group of dedicated Diocese of Utah volunteers has indexed early Diocesan records from decommissioned parishes and the personal journals of the Rt. Rev Daniel S. Tuttle, the Rt. Rev. Abiel Leonard, the Venerable Lawrence B. Ridgley, and the Rev. Pierre McDonald Bleecker to come up with a first for the history of Utah, a database of early Episcopalians in Utah.
The Archives of the Episcopal Church announces the release of their newly designed and content-rich website. The principal feature is the opening of a major exhibit on the life and work of the 23rd Presiding Bishop, John Maury Allin. Entitled Venture in Ministry, the exhibit weaves historical text and rich media into an exploration of Bishop Allin’s ministry as he navigated the Church through arguably its greatest period of institutional change in the 1970s and 80s.
The Archives of the Episcopal Church, in partnership with the General Convention Office, has edited and published the Church’s core governance documents in the 2015 edition of the Constitution, Canons and Rules of Order of The Episcopal Church.
The Personal Papers of the Reverend Dr. John Rowan Claypool IV (1930-2005), a nationally-respected minister, theologian and writer, are now open for research. The papers include a large archive of audiovisual recordings, indexed sermons, correspondence, books, photographs and scrapbooks from the period 1953-2005.
The General Convention’s Board of Archives of the Episcopal Church gathered for their first face-to-face meeting of the 2016-2018 triennium in Austin on March 31–April 2, 2016.