Daily Archives: May 1, 2013

National Historical Publications and Records Commission Grant Awarded

[This blog post comes from Andrea Gabriel, Director of Outreach and Development for the State Archives of North Carolina]

The State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) was awarded a $10,679 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to produce a strategic plan which will guide the SHRAB’s activities through 2016. SHRAB is the central advisory board for historical records planning and project assistance in North Carolina. The SHRAB evaluates grant proposals submitted by North Carolina applicants to the NHPRC, conducts statewide studies and surveys to assess and define the conditions and needs of our state’s historical records, and offers educational programs and sponsors conferences, workshops, and other activities to promote awareness of archives and records in North Carolina.

The grant will also fund the program, “The Care and Handling of Family Papers, Photographs, and Essential Records”—a series of online tutorials targeted toward the general public audience.  These tutorials will include information about the conservation of family scrapbooks, the care and preservation of family photographs, general conservation and preservation practices of paper documents, and the organization and protection of essential family records. They will be available through the State Archives’ YouTube channel in the fall of 2013.

To read about some of SHRAB’s activities and programs, visit http://www.history.ncdcr.gov/shrab/.

Traveling Archivist Program Continues to Assist North Carolina Repositories

[This blog post comes from Andrea Gabriel, Director of Outreach and Development for the State Archives of North Carolina]

Traveling Archivist Program Continues to Assist North Carolina Repositories 

North Carolina’s Traveling Archivist Program (TAP) provides consultation, training, and guidance to North Carolina repositories whose collections document North Carolina history and culture, whose collections are accessible to the public and may be at risk of due to deterioration, neglect, or damage. These repositories include historical and genealogical societies; public libraries; the archives of colleges, hospitals, and other organizations; museums; and other institutions throughout the state. TAP encourages best practices in the preservation of and access to special collections (rare books, manuscripts, archival records, photographs, oral histories, scrapbooks, newspapers, and ephemera).

The Traveling Archivist Program (TAP) began as a pilot program with a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission in 2009. Since then, the TAP has helped over 60 North Carolina institutions by tailoring a program unique to each repository.   Once accepted into the program, the traveling archivist conducts a physical survey of the institutional collections to assess both preservation needs (storage conditions, security, environmental controls), and access tools (finding aids, inventories, indexes, or catalog records, etc.). The traveling archivist brings samples of conservation supplies and a supply catalog, the Manual of Basic Archival Practices, holds in-depth discussions with repository staff, provides staff training, and conducts workshops all onsite. Formal recommendations are submitted to the repository in a written final report.

Applications are solicited each spring and fall and are open to all North Carolina institutions who house archival materials.

North Carolina is fortunate; retired former State Archivist Dick Lankford is now the traveling archivist, replacing Dr. Hal Keiner.  New applications will be solicited in fall of 2013.