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Shepherd's Dr. Raymond Smock appointed to National Archives commission post

ISSUED: 6 January 2009
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd's Dr. Raymond Smock appointed to National Archives commission post)

Shepherdstown, WV--Dr. Raymond Smock, director of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies at Shepherd University, has been appointed to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration. The NHPRC, established in 1934, supports a wide range of activities to preserve, publish, and encourage the use of documentary sources, created in every medium ranging from quill pen to computer, relating to the history of the United States. The commission administers a annual grant program of $5 million to support documentary publications and archival preservation.

The NHPRC, a 15-member commission, is chaired by the Archivist of the United States and includes representatives from all three branches of the federal government and the Library of Congress, the State Department, the Department of Defense, and leading historians and archivists representing nationally-recognized professional organizations.

Smock, a noted documentary editor and former historian of the U. S. House of Representatives, is co-editor of the 14-volume The Booker T. Washington Papers. He is the editor of Landmark Documents on the U. S. Congress, and is currently working on two book projects containing historical documents, one on Congressional Investigations and the other on Early Petitions to the Congress, 1789-1817. Smock recently completed a biography of Booker T. Washington, which will be published in June, by Ivan R. Dee, Inc., a Chicago publisher.

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