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Scranton Public Library (Scranton, PA 18503)
Scott Thomas (Project Director: May 2013 to present)

Preservation Planning at the Scranton Public Library

A preservation assessment and development of a preservation plan for the library's local history and genealogy collections, which document the history of Scranton and the Lackawanna Valley in Pennsylvania. The library's Local History and Genealogy Collection includes 1,926 linear feet of materials relating to the City of Scranton and surrounding counties, documenting the history of the region, the anthracite coal and associated industries, and the growth of railroads and transportation. Notable collections include an extensive photograph archive, reports pertaining to the domestic and international coal industries and manufacturing dating from the 1870s through the 1930s, Scranton city directories (dating back to 1859), street lists (1908-1927), newspapers (from 1863), and materials describing vital statistics and demographics.

The Scranton Public Library proposes to hire a preservation expert to conduct a general preservation assessment and develop a preservation plan. The Local History collection contains over 5000 monographs, including a complete run of City Directories, several large atlases, maps, 450 photographs, and over 1900 clipping files pertaining to the history of the Lackawanna Valley. These items were acquired over the library's 120 year history. The consultant will conduct an analysis of the collection, offer recommendations for the library regarding preservation activities and develop an implementation schedule for said activities.

Project fields:
Public History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
2/1/2014 – 7/31/2015