National Historical Publications and Records Commission

n. (abbr. NHPRC) a statutory body within the National Archives and Records Administration that grants funds to nonfederal institutions in support of the preservation, use, and publication of documentary sources pertinent to United States history


Congress established this body in 1934 as the National Historical Publications Commission (NHPC). In December 1974, President Gerald Ford signed amended legislation changing the name to what it is today and expanding its grant offerings. Chaired by the Archivist of the United States, the NHPRC comprises fifteen people representing the three branches of the federal government as well as members of professional associations of archivists, historians, documentary editors, and records administrators.