As has been the case for the past two years, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) has been zeroed out in President Bush’s FY 2008 proposed budget. This means no funds for the grants program and no funds for staffing to support NHPRC programs.
We need your help to make sure that NHPRC’s case is heard. On Wednesday, March 14, the House Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government will hold a hearing on the National Archives and Records Administration’s FY 08 budget appropriation request. The issue of NHPRC funding can be raised at this hearing.
Here’s how you can help:
Your written testimony should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 14.
Read SAA's testimony.
If your representative is not on the Subcommittee but may be a “friend” of one of the appropriators, please ask your representative to encourage his or her colleagues on Appropriations to support the funding.
For the past few years SAA, CoSA, and NAGARA have coordinated our efforts to inform and mobilize the archives and records community to ensure that NHPRC is fully funded – and we’re committed to doing whatever we can again this year. As we all understand, our professional community – and its users – benefit from NHPRC’s good work.
We hope that we can count on your help. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact any of us at the email addresses or phone numbers below.
We would also appreciate receiving copies of testimony and letters submitted on behalf of NHPRC. Please email or fax them to SAA Executive Director Nancy Beaumont at email@example.com or 312-347-1452.
Thanks for any help you may be able to give on behalf of NHPRC.
Elizabeth Adkins, President
Society of American Archivists
Karl J Niederer, President
Council of State Archivists
Mary Beth Herkert, President
National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators