Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance Grants

Period of Performance

5/1/2018 - 10/31/2019

Funding Totals

$5,915.00 (approved)
$5,915.00 (awarded)

Fort Fairfield Public Library Town and County Historical Room Preservation Assessment

FAIN: PG-258446-18

Fort Fairfield Public Library (Fort Fairfield, ME 04742-1160)
Jennifer Gaenzle (Project Director: May 2017 to March 2022)

A preservation assessment for a collection of over 2,000 books, newspapers, periodicals, and ephemera including early vital records of many towns from around Maine; genealogical studies of local, state, and Northeast region families; and county cemetery registers.  Notable items include 19th-century newspapers reporting marriages, births, and deaths from Fairfield, which is located on the United States-Canadian border; town reports dating back to 1865; and 70 years of Potato Blossom Festival brochures.  The foundation of the collection is a 1925 donation by Col. Franklin Drew of an extensive Civil War-era book collection.  Materials are used for historical and genealogical research across the United States and internationally. 

The Fort Fairfield Public Library is applying for the Preservation Assistance Grant to assess the needs and requirements to adequately care for and preserve the Jesse Drew Room collection. This collection was first established in 1925 upon the death of Col. Franklin M. Drew, who willed his entire library to the Fort Fairfield Library in memory of his father Jesse Drew. This collection consists primarily of Civil War era books, genealogy, state and local history books, originally collected over the years by Col. Drew, as well as additional acquisitions collected, purchased, or donated to the library. The collection houses over 2,000 books; local newspapers and school yearbooks and news; genealogy and cemetery records and town reports, which date back to the mid to late 1800's to present day. Many of the books in the collection are not known to be available anywhere else in Maine or the northeast for research.

Media Coverage

Fort Fairfield Public Library Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Grant (Media Coverage)
Publication: WAGM TV Newsource 8
Date: 12/14/2017