NEDCC’s Preservation Services department provides free preservation advice to Town, Municipal, and County Clerks and other government record keepers. The Center’s Directors of Paper, Photograph, and Book Conservation can also offer guidance in planning your conservation treatment project.
Visit NEDCC’s Training Calendar
Browse our current schedule to find programs that can help government record keepers preserve their valuable collections for the long term. (Examples of courses helpful to Clerks: Coping with Mold Outbreaks, Care and Handling of Paper-based Collections, Beginner’s Guide to Digitizing Collections, and Disaster Planning.)
NEDCC’s free Preservation 101 self-guided course offers a basic introduction along with texts and resources that can help local government record keepers build an effective preservation program. Learn how to identify deteriorated materials, how to properly care for collections, and how to set priorities for preservation.
Preservation Needs Assessments, Collection-Level Assessments, and Item-by-Item Assessments
NEDCC Conservators and Preservation Specialists provide consultation services on many conservation and preservation issues, as well as three different types of assessments to evaluate collections.
A number of funding agencies make grants available for preservation assessments, conservation treatment and digitization. NEDCC can help plan and carry out these grant-funded activities, and can offer advice on planning proposals.
The Massachusetts Municipal Clerks Archival Education Program is an online course developed specifically for Massachusetts Municipal Clerks by archives professors at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College (GSLIS).
The course consists of a beginner and advanced series, the first of which began in November 2014. Coursework applied archival principals and practices to the management and preservation of our valuable historical and contemporary municipal records.
Funded by NHPRC and partnering with the Massachusetts Archives, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and the Massachusetts Town Clerk Association.