Funding requested to save artifacts
Deborah T. Bingham
The Clerk of the Circuit Court of Northumberland County, Deborah T. Bingham, is applying for a grant from the Library of Virginia for records conservation.
This consists of performing treatments on endangered records of major historical, artifactual and/or informational significance.
The treatment includes tape removal, mending and deacidification, etc. of those records that the clerk feels are in the most need of repair. The process will also include digitization/reformatting of the documents.
“The records have bindings that are breaking and leaves that exhibit discoloration, embrittlement and fragmentation due to acid hydrolysis deterioration,” Bingham said Monday. “The conservation process will preserve the records.”
A conservation treatment request must be completed and given to two reputable conservation labs who give comparable proposals/quotes on the same records.
The proposals are then submitted with the grant application.
Bingham chose four estate books ranging in date from 1855 to 1896, and two record books ranging from 1822 to 1826 to have restored.
Bingham feels that these records are very important to our county and that the clerk’s office is fortunate that the Library of Virginia offers the opportunity to take advantage of such grants and offers funds to preserve the county’s records.
“Preservation of these historical records is important to the clerk and the citizens of the county,” she added.
The clerk’s office will be notified by the end of the year how much funding the county will receive for the conservation of the records.