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PG-50557-09Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsCity of Fall RiverPreservation Assessment of City of Fall River Records1/1/2009 - 6/30/2011$4,841.00Richard Gonsalves   City of Fall RiverFall RiverMA02722-7700USA2008Archival Management and ConservationPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access4841048410

A preservation assessment of the city's historical records, focusing on its extensive collection of tax record books from 1840 to 1960. These materials, which provide valuable information for economic and community history, demographic study, and genealogy, are potentially at high risk of deterioration due to poor storage conditions and past water damage.

The City of Fall River proposes to hire a consultant to conduct a general preservation survey of paper-based historical materials in the City Hall. The scope of work will include an on-site survey at City Hall and preparation of a detailed report that describes current conditions and outlines recommendations for improvement in the areas of collection management; the building and storage environment; security and emergency preparedness; storage and handling; exhibition; reformatting; and conservation treatment of materials. The survey will identify short-, medium-, and long-term preservation priorities, and the written report of observations and recommendations may be used as a planning document to implement preservation activities. The proposed project will enable the City of Fall River to evaluate the current condition of the records described, determine a plan of action to preserve the books, and employ the proper methods of future storage to prevent further deterioration.