Barbara Fagen, branch manager, said the branch applied for the grant in March “ ... to purchase archival supplies” such as acid-free paper and file folders as well as document cases. These supplies will be used to store the Bradley County Civil Circuit Court records from 1836 to 1958. However, Fagen said the history branch does not have every court case from these years and some of the files are not complete. Fagen also said she was very pleased that the history branch will have the resources to house and preserve the documents.
“This funding will help preserve our historical records and also make them more accessible to the public,” said State Rep. Kevin Brooks. “It is appropriate that we invest money now so these records will be available to future generations of Tennesseans.”
According to Brooks, “The grant funds are part of $45,500 distributed statewide this year by staff members who serve on the Tennessee Historical Records Advisory Board.”
The money was originally from the State and National Archival Partnership (SNAP) grant program.
“I am pleased that Cleveland Bradley County Public Library was a recipient of a SNAP grant this year,” State Sen. Dewayne Bunch said. “These grants will help support the important work that our archivists across Tennessee do.”