Reblogged from the PMVB website:

We are thrilled to share the news that the Van Buren Papers received an NHPRC grant for 2017-18. The official Cumberland University press release:

Cumberland University received a grant for $60,752 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Papers of Martin Van Buren (PMVB) project. The funds will support the creation of the digital version of the papers of Martin Van Buren, which will make accessible approximately 13,000 documents belonging to the eighth president.

Mark Cheathem, PMVB project director and CU history professor, involves students with transcribing and annotating the difficult-to-decipher papers written in 19th-century script, which are freely accessible via a website hosted at While the project is ongoing, the editors will periodically update the website with new documents so that users will not have to wait until the project is completed to utilize Van Buren’s papers.

Cumberland University is one of the smallest universities to receive the NHPRC grant in the category of publishing historical records. Stanford University, Rutgers University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Tennessee are examples of other institutions to receive a grant from the NHPRC in this category.

The rest of the post is at the the PMVB website.


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