Alabama's State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) has awarded $32,500 in grant funds to 19 local government agencies or historical repositories for records preservation projects. Funding for the awards was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). The funds are administered on behalf of SHRAB by the Alabama Department of Archives and History.
During the 2013 grant cycle, SHRAB received 27 grant applications from localities across Alabama. Despite a decrease in available federal funds, 70% of the applicants received full or partial funding.
During a September 25 meeting, the SHRAB made awards to support the following projects:
Abbeville Memorial Library. $1,070 to inventory, catalog, and rehouse historical collections.
Cobb Memorial Archives. $1,373 to relocate, inventory, and rehouse historic Valley records.
Daphne Old Methodist Museum. $500 to organize and preserve the records housed at the museum.
Historic Mobile Preservation Society. $4,800 to inventory, catalog, and make available the collections in the Minnie Mitchell Archives.
Irondale Historical Society. $1,370 to catalog and archive historical city records.
Judson College Archives. $2,000 to create an inventory of the archival collections and rehouse materials in archival boxes.
Macon County Commission (Archives). $1,600 to digitize an 1832 survey book and 10 lot books after they are cleaned and rehoused.
Marengo County Historical Society, Inc. $1,200 to digitize historical ledgers.
Morgan County Archives. $1,100 to buy equipment to rehouse, index, and preserve the Scottsboro Boys Photograph Collection.
City of Prichard. $2,649 to locate, inventory, and identify preservation needs for the city's historical records.
Shiloh Community Restoration Foundation. $1,800 to collect, inventory, and rehouse the records of the community's Rosenwald School.
Town of Silas. $1,551 to improve the town's records storage space and digitize its historical records.
Town of Silverhill. $1,900 to inventory and preserve the community's historical records.
Stillman College Library. $2,500 to buy supplies to preserve the archival collections.
Sylacauga (BB Comer) Public Library. $1,500 to digitize and transcribe oral history tapes related to the Avondale Mill.
Tallapoosa County Revenue Commission. $2,100 to complete the digitization of historical land maps and lot books.
USS Alabama Battleship Memorial. $1,500 to preserve the records and photographs held by the memorial.
University of West Alabama. $1,000 to scan and preserve Circuit Court Civil Case Files, 1950-2013.
Winston County Genealogical Society. $987 to digitize the county's two oldest marriage books.
Since 2008, $135,722 in federal funds has been awarded by the SHRAB to support the preservation of records throughout the state.
"We are grateful to the NHPRC for providing these funds and to the volunteer members of the SHRAB for identifying the most effective use of limited resources," said Steve Murray, coordinator of the Alabama SHRAB and director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History.
"Although modest in size, the grants can help communities make great strides in the work to preserve their own history. Today's researchers and future generations will both benefit from these projects."
For more information on the State Historical Records Advisory Board's grant program, contact Tracey Berezansky, SHRAB Deputy Coordinator, or Tom Turley, ADAH Local Government Records Archivist, at (334) 242-4452 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Grant related information is also available on the SHRAB's web page: http://www.archives.alabama.gov/hrb/hrbmainpage.pdf.
Source: Alabama Archives and History
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