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Archive grants awarded in Wilson, Trousdale counties

Staff Reports • Mar 17, 2017 at 7:09 PM

NASHVILLE – Secretary of State Tre Hargett announced Tuesday grants were awarded to the Cumberland University Library and the Wilson County Archives in Wilson County, as well as the Trousdale County Archives in Trousdale County.

The grants are distributed through the Tennessee State Library and Archives to fund local archive development. 

“These are more than investments in archival supplies. These grants protect our state’s precious history while ensuring access to historical information for more Tennesseans than ever before,” said Hargett. “I’m proud the Library and Archives plays such a vital role in ensuring limited state and federal dollars are used wisely in every corner of our state.”

The Cumberland University Library received a $1,500 archive development grant for archival processing materials while the Wilson County archives received a $1,250 archive development grant to buy acid-free folders.

“This is good news for Cumberland University Library and the Wilson County Archives who do an outstanding job in preserving local history,” said Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet. “I know this grant will be put to good use, enabling local citizens and future generations to access important documents and records about our communities. I also congratulate our local officials for their role in helping secure these funds.”

“I am grateful to the Tennessee State Library and Archives for choosing our community to receive this important grant funding,” said Rep. Mark Pody, R-Lebanon. “Local archives are extremely important to all of Tennessee, and this money will help preserve the heritage and historical identity of our area for years to come. I am thankful for the hard work done by both the Wilson County Archives and our Cumberland University Library.”

“These grant dollars will go a long way toward protecting the records stored in our archives,” said Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Mt. Juliet. “I encourage people who want to learn more about our local history to visit the Wilson County Archives and see the records that are available there.”

The Trousdale County Archives received a $2,600 archive development grant to purchase updated technology including a computer, scanner and software.

“This grant is a wonderful opportunity for the Trousdale County Historical Society and the work of their president John L. Oliver Jr.,” said Sen. Ferrell Haile, R-Gallatin. “This will allow the well-deserving members and volunteers of the society to continue their much-appreciated hard work in salvaging and saving pieces of history for generations to come.”

In 2017, more than $95,000 in state funds is being awarded to develop and enhance 32 local archives.

The Library and Archives is also awarding more than $300,000 in technology grants to 114 public libraries across Tennessee, which are funded by Tennessee state government and a federal agency, the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

“These grant dollars will go a long way toward protecting the records stored in our archives, as well as upgrading our technology and equipment,” said Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, R-Lancaster. “I encourage people who want to learn more about our local history to visit the Trousdale County Archives and see the records that are available there.”

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