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Resources for Town, Municipal, and County Clerks

NEDCC is a nonprofit center for conservation and preservation of unique historical records and collections that require special care and handling.

RESOURCES:

Free Advice from Professionals

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 on planning your conservation treatment project.

'PRESERVATION'  vs.  'CONSERVATION' . . .
What's the Difference?
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Free Preservation Leaflets Relevant to Clerks' Offices

Preservation Training

Visit NEDCC’s Current Training Programs List
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, Digitizing Collections, and Disaster Planning.)

Of special note: "Long-term Preservation of Early Record Books,"  a webinar available for free, on-demand.  (See On-Demand section of the Current Program List.)  Examples of other webinars helpful to clerks include: Coping with Mold Outbreaks, Care and Handling of Paper-based Collections, Digitizing Collections, and Disaster Planning. 

Preservation 101

NEDCC’s free Preservation 101 Self-guided Course offers a basic introduction to preservation and includes 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.

Assessments and Consultations

Preservation Needs Assessments, Collection-level Assessments, and Item-level Assessments
NEDCC Conservators and Preservation Specialists provide consultation services on many conservation and preservation issues, as well as several types of assessments to evaluate collections.

Funding Opportunities

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 developing proposals. 

Massachusetts Cities and Towns - Learn more about Community Preservation Act funding for conservation and digitization of documents, maps, books, and other historic artifacts, as well as preservation needs assessments or collections assessments.


NOTE: 
WHEN PLANNING A TREATMENT PROJECT FOR YOUR HISTORIC RECORDS

You should always discuss a conservation treatment plan with your conservator before proceeding:

  • to decide what your goals are for future access to the records
  • to discuss what treatment options are appropriate or necessary
  • to fully understand what conservation treatment steps will be taken and why
  • to learn about the qualifications and experience of the individual(s) who will be working on your material
  • to consider and discuss the record book's value as a key historic artifact for your town 

LEARN MORE about working with NEDCC to ensure the preservation of your most valued historic records.

What Makes NEDCC Different?

DIRECT CONSULTATION:
You will speak directly with a professional conservator or preservation specialist who can advise you on all aspects of your conservation treatment or preservation project.

EXPERIENCE:
Founded in 1973, NEDCC has conserved some of the nation's most significant historic materials.

SECURITY:
NEDCC's facility has sophisticated security and climate control systems.

PROFESSIONAL ETHICS:
NEDCC adheres to the Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice of the American Institute for Conservation, and a majority of the Center's conservators have gained "Professional Associate" or "Fellow" status through AIC | The American Institute for Conservation.  

MEET OUR STAFF:

Get to know NEDCC's conservators, collections photographers, audio preservation engineers, and preservation specialists. See the NEDCC Staff List.

LEARN MORE ABOUT CONSERVATION:
View a photo gallery of the steps in the conservation treatment of a town record book.


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Other QUESTIONS?

Contact NEDCC Preservation Services at info@nedcc.org,  or call 978.470.1010  
Our specialists can get you an answer ASAP!