Grants to Archives Program Expanded by Lounsbery Foundation Grant
The AIP History Center has received a $30,000 grant from the Richard Lounsbery Foundation which allows us to double the amount of money that we can grant to archives in 1999. The Grants to Archives program started last year using $30,000 in income from the Friends of the History Center endowment fund, awarding funds to three institutions to process the unpublished papers of William Fowler, Frederick Reines, and several major Russian scientists (see Grants to Archives). The endowment fund is able to support grants at the same level this year. However, we received a large number of very strong proposals in 1998, far beyond what we could support, and demonstrating a serious backlog of scientists papers in need of attention. The Lounsbery Foundation recognized this need, and with its help we can award a total of $60,000 in grants in 1999.
The Grants to Archives are intended to make significant records and papers which document the history of modern physics and allied fields (such as astronomy, geophysics, and optics) accessible for research. The program is competitive and preference is given to medium size or larger projects for which additional funding will be provided by the parent organization or other sources. Grants can be up to $10,000 each and may be used to cover direct expenses connected with preserving, inventorying, arranging, describing, or cataloging appropriate collections. Expenses may include archival materials and staff salaries/benefits but not overhead or indirect costs. For guidelines and application procedures check the History Center s Website (/history/grntgde.htm) or contact us at (301) 209-3165, firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for receipt of applications is July 1, 1999. The program will continue to be offered annually as funds permit.