IL State Historical Records Advisory Board Announces 2017 Historical Records Grant Program

The Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board (ISHRAB), using funding from National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), is offering grants of up to $5,000 to Illinois historical records keepers to develop and/or carry out projects that show commitment to developing and/or implementing projects that will lead to enhanced online access. These projects may include creating online finding aids, digitizing records and placing the digital content online, making an inventory of records or properly storing the records with the goal of preparing them for future online access, or placing information about the records on a blog, wiki page or Facebook. Information about this grant program is listed below.

Grant Amounts and Requirements
Minimum grant request: $500
Maximum grant request: $5,000
All grants require a one-to-one ($1 for $1) in-kind and/or cash match.

Application Period: January 30, 2017 – March 10, 2017

All grant projects will run for one year beginning July 1, 2017.

Guidelines and Application Form: The grant guidelines which includes the application form is available on-line at or you may request the guidelines be mailed to you. The application must be printed, filled out, and mailed. It cannot be submitted on-line.

The Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board is made up of representatives from different archives, museums, universities and libraries from around the state and seeks to facilitate cooperation among historical records depositories and other information agencies within Illinois. The Illinois State Archives serves as the coordinator of the ISHRAB.

For more information, please contact:

Catheryne Popovitch
Records Archivist
ISHRAB Deputy Coordinator
Illinois State Archives

SAA Seeks Religious Archives Mentors

As you might know, the Society of American Archivists runs a Mentoring Program for its members. Information about the program can be found here:

SAA's Mentoring Program is designed to bring together members with shared interest in different aspects of the archival profession. The goal is to cultivate career development and communication between members with areas of expertise and members who want to build their knowledge within those areas.

Think you don't have any expertise to share? Some colleagues waiting for mentors are just getting started in the profession and are looking for advice on schools, classes, career trajectory, resume development and interviewing skills.

In addition to seeking general career advice, SAA currently has people waiting for mentors who have interest in the following areas:

Religious archives
History archives
Tech issues
Access issues

If you feel you have something to offer our newest colleagues, please consider signing up to be a mentor. You can submit an application to the program here: (click on "Apply to be a mentor")

For more information, please contact Michelle Ganz, SAA Mentoring Program .

SAA Seeking Nominations for 2017 J. Franklin Jameson Award

J. Franklin Jameson
Image courtesy of American Historical Association

Society of American Archivists
2017 J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award

Established in 1989, this award honors an individual, institution, or organization that promotes greater public awareness, appreciation, or support of archival activities or programs. The individual's or institution's contributions may take the form of advocacy, publicity, legislation, financial support, or a similar action that fosters archival work or raises public consciousness of the importance of archival work. Contributions should have broad, long-term impact at the regional level or beyond. Up to three awards may be given each year.

Recent Winners:
2016: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ron Chernow
2015: Adrena Ifill Blagburn
2014: LGBT Center of Central PA History Project National History Day
2013: Dr. Warren Stewart
2012: Eve Kahn, Bebe Miller, Phillip Stewart
2011: “Who Do You Think You Are?” (NBC)
2010: The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
2009: Ross King (Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board)
2008: Data-Intensive Cyber Environments (DICE)

Eligibility: Nominees must be from outside the archives profession. Individuals directly involved in archival work, either as paid or volunteer staff, or institutions or organizations directly responsible for an archival program are not eligible for this award.

Mailed materials must be postmarked by February 28, 2017 and should be sent to:

J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Committee
Society of American Archivists
17 North State Street, Suite 1425
Chicago, IL 60602-4061

Nominations may be submitted electronically; please see the nomination form for details. For more information on SAA awards and the nominations process, please go to: