The National Coalition for History (NCH) has worked with Congressmen John Larson (D-CT)Don Young (R-AK), and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) to seek support for additional funding in the upcoming fiscal year (FY) 2021 budget for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

They recently circulated a “Dear Colleague” letter to their fellow representatives urging them to show their support. The letter will be sent to the chair and ranking member of the House Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee which has jurisdiction over NARA and the NHPRC’s budgets. 

The NCH is asking for members of archival organizations around the country to contact their representatives and ask them to sign on to the letter in support of additional funding for NARA and the NHPRC. They have prepared a one-page briefing paper that summarizes the funding challenges facing these two agencies that are so vital to historians, archivists and other stakeholders. Click here to access an on-line version. 

More detailed instructions on contacting Member of Congress and background information are available from the NCH website by clicking here. The National Humanities Alliance has also prepared an email that you can send directly to your representative. To send a letter, click here.

The deadline for representatives to sign on is March 13.

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