For decades, heaps of land records laid untouched in the state Capitol’s attic before being moved to the Tennessee State Library and Archives when it was built in the 1950s. Now workers there are preserving the documents that detail land ownership and exchanges as far back as 1779. Carol Roberts and Kat Trammell are delicately piecing together Tennessee history.
Roberts, the archives’ head conservationist, says the pieces of paper filled with hand-drawn sketches and detailed descriptions of property boundaries are dirty and fragile, with some left as brittle as dried leaves.
To restore them, Roberts and Trammell, an intern hired with funding provided by a recent Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society grant, must put every document through an extensive preservation process.
You can read more about this effort in an article by Macaela J Bennett in The Tennessean at http://goo.gl/rACuC5.
My thanks to newsletter reader Jeanne Martin for telling me about this story.
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