INDIANAPOLIS (June 4, 2010) - The Indiana State Historic Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) has awarded four archival assessment grants to Indiana organizations. These grants, which will be used to determine and prioritize collection needs, are designed to have experts in climate control and archival documents evaluate conditions, allowing these institutions to safeguard their collections. The following four institutions were awarded 2010 archival assessment grants:
· Clarksville Historical Society, Clarksville, Indiana;
· Grouseland Foundation, Vincennes, Indiana;
· Knox County Public Library, Vincennes, Indiana;
· Ohio County Public Library, Rising Sun, Indiana.
"This begins a long overdue process of stabilizing and providing access to some of Indiana's most significant records and our state's history," said Jim Corridan, Chair of the SHRAB and Indiana's State Archivist. "We look forward to the results of these first assessments so that institutions can begin correcting any deficiencies that may be reducing the longevity of Indiana's historical records."
Each grantee is eligible for up to $1,500 in grant funds and has agreed to provide a cash or in-kind match of at least $500. This year's grant applicants were required to be an Indiana-based organization; care for, and have custody of paper collections; and ensure that the individual conducting the assessment is a professional from the State of Indiana. Grant applications were due in May and then reviewed by the SHRAB, which selected this year's awardees.
The State Historic Records Advisory Board was established in February of 2006 by Governor Mitch Daniels. It is charged with being the central advisory body for historical records planning and preservation in Indiana. The SHRAB works with the Commission on Public Records and repositories throughout the state to accomplish its task.
For more information about the SHRAB and the archival assessment grants, please visit shrab.in.gov or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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