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Lee Library Association (Lee, MA 01238-1614)
Damon Vorce (Project Director: May 2017 to present)

Collection Storage Improvements for the Lee Library Historical Collection

A preservation assessment and the purchase of archival supplies to rehouse items documenting the local history of Lee, Massachusetts, and its historical businesses.  The collection contains materials from some of Lee’s 26 paper mills, including business and family records, artifacts, and sample papers, as well as documentation of the town’s marble industry.  The collection includes 850 rare books; town reports from 1777 to the present; 19th-century scrapbooks; records of all of the town’s Revolutionary War participants; and religious organization materials from the 1790s to the present, including correspondence, church records, printed sermons and addresses, and photographs.  Materials are used for scholarly research, exhibits, lectures, publications, genealogy, and school projects.

Our project will allow us to make major collection storage improvements for preserving the Lee Library Historical Collection. The collection contains town records, maps, photos, books, newspapers, early letters, business ledgers, and a record of early life to the present. Records include the history of papermaking and the marble industry. The Lee Library is the only institution that holds the original newspapers of the Valley Gleaner (1857-1944). Approximately 1,500 photos, from the 1800s to the present, provide a visual record of a small New England town.  The money requested for the supplies would enhance the stability of the collection and preserve it for future generations. It is essential to the library and community that these materials have a safe and protected future here as well as access to them. We intend to hire a consultant to recommend the appropriate archival storage enclosures and help us create a comprehensive plan for preserving and maintaining the collection.

Project fields:

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2019