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County of Charleston (North Charleston, SC 29405-7464)
Haley Doty Vaden (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Archival Training and Preservation of Historical Records at the Charleston County Records Center: 250th Anniversary of America Initiative

Education and training to enhance staff knowledge of metadata assessment, object description, and best practices in digitization. This work is a first step in developing finding aids and digital collections in preparation for the 250th anniversary of American independence in 2026. The County of Charleston collections include probate records dating back to the incorporation of the town in the early eighteenth century and document the transition from British rule to independence.

The goal of the Preservation Assistance Grant project is to support preservation and training for public access to historical records at the Charleston County Records Center (CCRC). An emphasis will be placed on “A More Perfect Union,” the 250th Anniversary of the United States. One goal of the project will be archival training to catalog and describe historical collections pertaining to American History. Another goal of the project will be to continue an ongoing re-housing program for records with a permanent retention. Two previously funded Preservation Assistance Grants have helped support the CCRC preservation program. The historic records include Probate Court books and files from the 1730s – 1970s and Clerk of Court case files from the early 1800s – 1899. The Preservation Assistance Grant will benefit CCRC by training staff in best practices for providing digital access to records of historical value and improve the storage environment of these records, to reduce risks.

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Project fields:
American Government; Legal History; U.S. History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

$15,000 (approved)
$15,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 2/28/2022