Information About the Program
Documentary Heritage Program

The Documentary Heritage Program (DHP) is a field service program supporting local efforts to identify, organize, and make available historical records that are critical to ensuring the survival of New York's heritage. Established by law in 1988, the DHP is administered in this region by the Western New York Library Resources Council with funds provided by the New York State Archives, State Education Department. The DHP offers regional services and a statewide competitive grants program. See NY3R General Laws of The DHP.

Any nonprofit non-governmental organization that collects and manages historical records and makes them publicly accessible may use the DHP's regional services and apply for a DHP grant. Such organizations include archives, libraries, historical societies, museums, community organizations, and similar institutions within New York State.

The WNY Documentary Heritage Program goals and activities are developed and carried out by the Regional Archivist with guidance from the DHP Regional Advisory Committee. The Regional Archivist provides field services to the following counties: Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, & Orleans.

DHP Goals in Western New York
Regional goals support statewide priorities that include:

  • Identifying individuals and organizations who create or collect records documenting significant historical topics of this region's past, including late 20th century history.
  •  Providing technical advice and assistance to records creators or collectors to help strengthen their efforts in preserving collections and making them publicly available.
  • Supporting existing repositories and networks to facilitate cooperative efforts.
  • Encouraging activities which will raise public awareness about historical records.
  • Helping secure resources for historical record programs and activities in the region.
  • Directing efforts toward focusing on underdocumented topics in the region such as new population groups and regional economic changes of the twentieth century.

 
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