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Grundy County Historical Society (Tracy City, TN 37387-4072)
Cynthia Sue Killian (Project Director: May 2016 to present)

The Grundy County Historical Society’s Preservation Program for Materials in the Heritage Center, Tracy City, Tennessee

A preservation assessment; purchase of archival shelving, an environmental monitor, and preservation supplies; a three-day training workshop and in-house preservation training for staff and volunteers responsible for managing this local history collection.  Records include 2,470 original papers relating to the coal mining in Grundy County; rare 20th-century children’s and young adult fiction; 62 bound volumes of financial, county court, and other legal records from 1845-1948; atlases, maps, and plats of the area; 1,040 original postcards and photographs, including images of tourist attractions and of people and activities at the Highlander Folk School, a training ground for Civil Rights activists and Southern labor organizers; and five plats of the original Highlander Folk School property from the 1950s and ‘60s.  The collection is used by local and outside scholars, genealogists, and teachers.

To support the hiring of a preservation specialist to conduct an assessment of rare photographs, books and historical documents in the museum and special collections library in the Grundy County Historical Society (GCHS) Heritage Center; Tracy City, Tennessee.  The second activity is purchasing conservation tools, archives shelving and preservation supplies for images, county documents and rare books in the collections. Finally, a member of the library staff will attend a three-day workshop on preservation and archival techniques while in tandem, the preservation consultant will train volunteers on the use and installation of environmental monitoring equipment and the interpretation of the monitoring data.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Folklore and Folklife; Rural Studies

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$3,945 (approved)
$3,945 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 6/30/2018