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I don't know how useful this will be in persuading your local constituency,
but the most recently revised guidelines for NEH's Division of Preservation
& Access read, "Proposals that involve digital technology ... should ...
refer to standards and guidelines for best practice ( for instance, the use
of the Encoded Archival Description for creating Internet-accessible finding
aids).... (p. 12-13)

Good luck.

Barbara


Barbara A. Paulson
Senior Program Officer
Division of Preservation & Access
National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington DC 20506
(202) 606-8577


-----Original Message-----
From: Max Evans [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 1999 1:05 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list EAD
Subject: EAD grant


We are applying for a grant, from our state library agency, to do an EAD
retro-conversion of our finding aids. We want to include letters of support.
Since we believe that our local constituency do not yet understand or
appreciate the value of EAD documents (as opposed to HTML-based finding
aids)
we would like some letters from archival-EAD experts.

Would you be be willing to write such a letter? Our application is due
February 5, so if you could fax us a letter before then, I would appreciate
it.

Thanks,

Max

PS: The rest of the quote is "One would accept an invitation to his own
hanging if it wer far enough in the future and there was enough honor in
it."