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City of Fairbanks (Fairbanks, AK 99701-4683)
Danyielle Snider (Project Director: May 2013 to present)

Fairbanks Records Preservation Training

Three workshops for City of Fairbanks archives and records staff and individuals from other area organizations on the fundamentals of preservation for historical collections, environmental management for preservation, and disaster preparedness. The city's collection includes over 120 linear feet of land deeds, court records, photographs, maps, vital records, and city administration files dating back to the establishment of the Territory of Alaska in 1901 and the incorporation of the city of Fairbanks in 1903. Among the material are birth records from 1905 to 1923, death records from 1907 to 1923, and minutes of city council meetings from 1903 to 1990. Much of the early documentation is considered fragile and requires careful handling by staff to facilitate access. The proposed workshops are among a series of recommendations resulting from a preservation assessment conducted in 2011, supported by a previous Preservation Assistance Grant.

The City of Fairbanks has a collection that tells a story of the transformation from a territory to the second largest city in Alaska. The collection contains the original City incorporation documents; documents pertaining to the beginning of Alaska as an official territory; photographs and maps; and court documents, including death certificates and birth records. The National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grant will provide funds for training in the preservation and care of humanities collections as recommended in the City of Fairbanks Preservation Needs Assessment. The collection is an essential part in preserving the history of the City and the training will provide the necessary skills to preserve and enhance internal and public access to the collection.

Project fields:
History, General

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015