Traveling Archivist Program Provides Preservation Training to Cultural Institutions

From the Resource Management Branch comes this press release:

Preserving our American history begins with the protection of historic documents, especially those held by cultural institutions in archives, libraries, and museums. The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources has  announced another cycle of the “Traveling Archivist Program” which provides on-site assistance to organizations that house historic records and archival collections.

This pilot project identifies North Carolina collections at greatest risk from damage, deterioration, or neglect. Participants in Traveling Archivist Program will be selected through an application process. Institutions chosen to participate in this program will receive an on-site visit, a collections assessment, recommendations for managing and caring for the collections, training and instructions, and other resources including some basic preservation supplies.

The program is administered by the North Carolina Office of Archives & History, funded through a grant award from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to the State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB).

“Through the Traveling Archivist Program, we are able to reach out and assist the caretakers of some of the state’s fragile and unique collections,” commented Dick Lankford, State Archivist and Records Administrator. “This grant allows us to help those institutions who by themselves have very limited resources to do this work.”

Applications and instructions may be accessed online through the web sites of the State Archives and the SHRAB,  or directly at the following link: http://www.history.ncdcr.gov/SHRAB/documents/travelingarchivist_cycle2.doc.

The closing date for applications is April 26, 2010.

[Update as of April 27, 2010 – the deadline has been extended until May 7, 2010]

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