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H.R. 390 (110th): Preservation of Records of Servitude, Emancipation, and Post-Civil War Reconstruction Act

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 23, 2008 (Reported by Senate Committee).

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HR 390 RS

Calendar No. 1042

110th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 390

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 23, 2007

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

September 23 (legislative day, September 17), 2008

Reported by Mr. LIEBERMAN, with an amendment

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AN ACT

To require the establishment of a national database in the National Archives to preserve records of servitude, emancipation, and post-Civil War reconstruction and to provide grants to State and local entities to establish similar local databases.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Preservation of Records of Servitude, Emancipation, and Post-Civil War Reconstruction Act’.

SEC. 2. ESTABLISHMENT OF NATIONAL DATABASE.

    (a) In General- The Archivist of the United States shall preserve relevant records and establish, as part of the National Archives, an electronically searchable national database consisting of historic records of servitude, emancipation, and post-Civil War reconstruction, including Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands Records, the Southern Claims Commission Records, Records of the Freedmen’s Bank, Slave Impressments Records, Slave Payroll Records, Slave Manifest, and others, contained within the agencies and departments of the Federal Government to assist African Americans and others in conducting genealogical and historical research.

    (b) Maintenance- The database established under this section shall be maintained by the National Archives or an entity within the National Archives designated by the Archivist.

SEC. 3. GRANTS FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF STATE AND LOCAL DATABASES.

    (a) In General- The National Historical Publications and Records Commission of the National Archives shall provide grants to States, colleges and universities, and genealogical associations to preserve records and establish electronically searchable databases consisting of local records of servitude, emancipation, and post-Civil War reconstruction.

    (b) Maintenance- The databases established using grants provided under this section shall be maintained by appropriate agencies or institutions designated by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

SEC. 4. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    There are authorized to be appropriated--

      (1) $5,000,000 to implement section 2; and

      (2) $5,000,000 to provide grants under section 3.

Calendar No. 1042

110th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 390

AN ACT

To require the establishment of a national database in the National Archives to preserve records of servitude, emancipation, and post-Civil War reconstruction and to provide grants to State and local entities to establish similar local databases.


September 23 (legislative day, September 17), 2008

Reported with an amendment