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Adair County Historical Society (Kirksville, MO 63501-3975)
Charles Chamberlain Frost (Project Director: May 2013 to present)

Preservation Assessment of Archival and Artifact Collections

A preservation assessment for the historical society's collection of books, historical journals, city directories, family histories, photographs, and artifacts. Comprising over 2,600 items and spanning the period between the 1840s and the present, the sources document the history and culture of a part of northeastern Missouri that was the site of conflicts between Native Americans and settlers and Civil War battles. The region was also a focal point for the rural school consolidation movement in the early 20th century and the location of the nation's first school of osteopathy and the first normal school west of the Mississippi River. The materials also depict the recent transformation of the region's economic foundation from that of mining and transportation to education and health care.

The hiring of a consultant to undertake a preservation assessment, make recommendations for treatment priorities, and develop a plan to improve storage of a collection of over 130 years of county probate records, diaries, photographs, artifacts and vital record indices documenting the history of Adair County as a rural Missouri community that has survived the loss of mining, manufacturing and railroads to become a thriving educational and medical center.

Project fields:
Economic History; History, General; U.S. History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,915 (approved)
$5,915 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015