AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXX, No. 1, Spring 1998


New Grants for Archives to Preserve Papers in Physics and Allied Fields

The AIP Center for History of Physics has begun a new program of grants to archives, to help them process and make accessible archival collections which document the history of modern physics and allied fields (such as astronomy, geophysics and optics). Drawing on the income from the Center's Endowment Fund, during the first year we plan to award three grants of up to $10,000 each. The grant funds are available only to cover direct expenses connected with preserving, inventorying, arranging, describing, or cataloging appropriate collections of records and personal papers; expenses may include storage materials and staff salary/benefits but not overhead. The program will be offered annually if funds permit.

The new program is designed to address a serious and growing problem for archives: dwindling resources for traditional processing and preservation work for archival collections. Because of the lack of funding, access for researchers to many new resources is restricted. Some important collections are not placed in repositories at all because archives are reluctant to add to their backlog of unprocessed materials.

We are specifically interested in increasing the money available to make original sources available in our field, and we hope that the new program will help archives find matching funds. Applicants are accordingly encouraged to obtain additional funds for the project, either from their parent institution or from outside sources such as individuals, local and state organizations, national foundations, and government agencies. No specific amount of matching money is required, but preference will be given to medium size or larger proposals for which the grant will be matched by new funds.

All archival repositories in the U.S. and abroad may apply, including archives at universities, corporations, historical societies, and government labs. Eligibility is limited to archival projects in the history of modern physics and allied fields. Individuals are not eligible to apply, and work not covered by this program includes oral histories, book cataloging, and digitization projects. Microfilming is eligible.

Applicants should send a letter of no more than three pages describing the research significance of the collection(s), plan of work, and budget, along with preliminary inventory (if available) and staff vitae to: Joe Anderson, Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics, One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740; fax 301-209-0882; e-mail For grant guidelines and for more information on the Center and its programs, check our Web site at /history/grntgde.htm, or call 301-209-3165. Deadline for receipt of applications is July 1, 1998.

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