[This blog post comes from Andrea Gabriel of our Resource Management Branch.]
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 State Archives of North Carolina can help. Its Traveling Archivist Program (TAP) offers onsite hands-on assistance to institutions that preserve North Carolina’s history and culture. Institutions chosen to participate in this program will receive an onsite collections assessment, recommendations for managing and caring for the collections, and staff training and instruction; some basic preservation materials may be supplied. Cultural institutions eligible for this program include 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.
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 record collections accessible to the public. Institutions housing solely objects or artifacts are ineligible for this program. The application and instructions are now available online at the State Archives website, http://www.archives.ncdcr.gov. The application deadline for the TAP is March 1, 2013.
Questions relating to the application or the program may be addressed to Andrea Gabriel, State Archives of North Carolina, 919.807.7326; firstname.lastname@example.org, Monday—Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.