The Traveling Archivist Program: Helping to Preserve Our State History

[This announcement comes from the Resource Management Branch of the North Carolina State Archives.]

THE TRAVELING ARCHIVIST PROGRAM: HELPING TO PRESERVE OUR STATE HISTORY

North Carolina has nearly 1,000 cultural and historical repositories whose holdings chronicle the history of our state—historic maps and photographs, scrapbooks, diaries, and letters, oral histories, architectural drawings, business and organization records, and other materials—yet many of these collections are at risk due to normal deterioration, environmental damage, negligence, or improper handling.

The North Carolina State Archives can help. Its Traveling Archivist Program (TAP) offers onsite collection assessments, demonstrations and instruction, and some basic preservation supplies for the state’s cultural institutions such as historical and genealogical societies, libraries, archives, museums, and historic houses.

The purpose of TAP is to educate the staffs who take care of these collections and to encourage best practices in collection preservation and access. Begun in 2009 as a pilot project with a federal grant from the National Historical Publications Records Commission, the TAP has assisted more than 40 institutions in 32 counties.

Organizations must apply for assistance through an application process. The application is open to all North Carolina cultural and heritage institutions that house and maintain active archive and/or record collections accessible to the public. Institutions housing solely objects or artifacts are ineligible for this program. Applications and instructions are now available online on the SHRAB Web site, http://www.history.ncdcr.gov/SHRAB/default.htm, and the North Carolina State Archives Web site, http://www.archives.ncdcr.gov.  The application deadline for the TAP is June 30, 2011.

Questions relating to the application or the program may be addressed to Andrea Gabriel, North Carolina State Archives, 919.807.7326; andrea.gabriel AT ncdcr.gov , Monday—Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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