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For Immediate Release
State Grants to Save Historic Films, Maps, Photos, and Audio Tapes
In the second round of awards this year, the Maine State Archives has provided an additional nine grants to community organizations for the preservation of, and improved access to, historic documents and photos, Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky announced today. The New Century Community Program, which is funded by the Maine Legislature, and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, enabled the Maine State Archives to award funds for these projects.
The grant projects include preserving films and videos in Belfast, maps relating to the Maine-Canadian boundary dispute in the Maine Historical Society, oral history tapes held by the Maine Folklife Center, and photos of Acadian culture in Aroostook County. A major component of the program is to provide training and technical assistance to help community organizations assess their needs and better protect their historical material.
"These grants provide important funding to community organizations for the preservation of historical documents and materials," stated Secretary Gwadosky. "These historical papers are of great value to the members of the particular community and are a vital part of our state's culture and history."
A list of the most recent grant recipients is attached and represents awards totaling approximately $9,000. The next deadline for grant applications is June 1, 2002. Anyone seeking an application may contact Janet Roberts at 287-5791. Applications are also available over the Internet at www.state.me.us/sos/arc/mhrab/grant.htm.
The State Archives is a Bureau within the Department of the Secretary of State.
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Belfast Historical Society & Museum, Belfast - Belfast Film Collection Assessment: a review of the condition and preservation needs of film and videos held by the Society.
Dunnybrook Historical Foundation, South Berwick - Gladys Hasty Carroll Collection Project: Organization and preservation of correspondence and manuscripts from the estate of this author.
L.C. Bates Museum, Fairfield - L.C. Bates Scrapbook Project: Assessment and treatment of scrapbooks and developing finding aids for the project documents.
Town of Litchfield - Historic Records Microfilming and Preservation: Microfilm deteriorating Town Records (birth, death, marriage, etc.) and place originals in archival storage.
Maine Historical Society, Portland - Northeast Boundary Map Collection: Create item level catalog records for and expand public access to 130 maps from the original surveys and mapping of Maine's northeast boundary with Canada.
Northern Maine Museum of Science, Presque Isle - Archival Consultant Project: An archivist will assess the status of, and develop a preservation plan for, the archival component of the Leroy Norton Natural Science Collection.
Tate House Museum, Portland - Tate House Museum Archives Improvement: Project will evaluate, improve and update the accessibility, security and storage of the museum's archives to ensure its professional management and use as an historic resource.
Maine Folklife Center, University of Maine, Orono - Audiotape Preservation: Making preservation master copies and CD access copies of audiocassettes and open reel tapes containing oral history material.
Association culturelle & historique du Mont-Carmel, Lille (Grand Isle) - Preserving photos of the Acadian region, and organizing and preserving related documents.