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Resources for Town, Municipal, and County Clerks

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


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.

Free Preservation Leaflets Relevant to Clerks' Offices

Preservation Training

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, Digitizing Collections, and Disaster Planning.)

Preservation 101

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.

Assessments and Consultations

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.

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 planning proposals.


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

What Makes NEDCC Different?

There is no sales person between you and a professional conservator who can advise you on all aspects of your conservation treatment project.

NEDCC has conserved some of the nation's most significant historic materials.

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

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.  


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


Free Webinar Recording: "Conservation Demystified"
Learn what to expect when working with a conservator; what questions to ask; what documentation you should receive; what range of treatment options are available; and how to discuss your goals for the long-term preservation of your historic town records.


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Contact NEDCC Preservation Services at,  or call 978.470.1010  
Our specialists can get you an answer ASAP!