The purchase of preservation supplies and furniture for the library's local history collection. This resource includes books, photographs, archival records, and personal papers documenting the history of northeastern Michigan's lumbering industry, maritime culture, Native American experiences, and built environment and is actively used by professional researchers and the general public.
Funding is requested for supplies to preserve items in the Alpena History collection and make them available for public and scholarly research. Materials requested include a cabinet for microfilm, storage boxes, folders, sleeves and other preservation and conservation items. These materials will protect the wide ranging items in the collection and will allow us to make them accessible to researchers, local residents, and students. Staff have extensive training and experience rehousing collections, and will use this expertise to ensure that all materials are appropriately preserved.