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Grant will help Stanford preserve city documents

August 18, 2003|EMILY BURTON

STANFORD - The state Department of Libraries and Archives has awarded $2,870 to Stanford to preserve and protect historic city documents, some of which are 122 years old.

City Clerk Sandy Gooch will use the grant for canvas jackets and a post binder for the decade-old minutes of city meetings and ordinances.

Deteriorating covers threaten the aged documents, including one held together with lumber screws.

"The records here at City Hall go back to Aug. 7, 1881, and the bindings are getting in bad shape. We have one record book that doesn't even have a cover," said Gooch.

Gooch said former mayor Rodman Bradshaw was the prime instigator of the grant.

The funds are part of preservation efforts of the state's Local Records Program, created to help public agencies protect their vital records.

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After 20 years of operation, the Local Records Grant Program has awarded $12.7 million to public agencies statewide, including $549,994 for the 2004 fiscal year.

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