Ohio Archives Grant Opportunity

The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB) is pleased to announce a second grant opportunity for this year.  The grants are for $500 up to $5,000 for projects to preserve and/or provide access to Ohio’s historical records.  The grants are funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), an arm of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).  Projects eligible for funding include:

  • Assessment and Strategic Planning: hiring consultants to identify needs and priorities for improving the organization, description, preservation and access to collections.
  • Access, Arrangement and Description: identifying, organizing, and improving access to historical records.
  • Preservation: purchasing archival file folders, archival boxes, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, hygrothermographs, or HEPA vacuum cleaners.
  • Website Development: Adding collections to online catalog, developing virtual archives, or creating an on-line database. Websites designed to support access to researchers (e.g., online catalogs, finding aids, and digitized collections, rather than curated web exhibits) will receive preference in funding.

Please Note: all projects should produce some type of online content, such as a finding aid, report or digital images.  

Grant applications are due June 14, 2019 and projects must be completed by December 31, 2019.  More information on the grants, including the application packet, is available here.

Questions?  Please contact:

Ron Davidson
Special Collections Librarian
Sandusky Library

2019 Ohio History Day Awards

OHRAB congratulates the following recipients of the board’s History Day awards:

  • Andrea Harrison, Lauren Sheperd and Athena Vadnal for Jesse Owens and America’s Discrimination (senior category website)
  • Ehren Collins for Collinwood’s Call to Action: The Collinwood School Fire Tragedy and Its Impact on Fire Safety (junior category paper)

The OHRAB History Day Award encourages student research projects that demonstrate exceptional use of Ohio primary sources. Ohio primary sources are those either created in Ohio or held in an Ohio repository and represent a first-­‐hand account contemporaneous with the events or people researched.