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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release April 9, 2009

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

SHSI awards grants for preservation of historic documents

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Society of Iowa today announced it has awarded REAP/HRDP grants totaling $58,748 to nine organizations for the preservation of historic documentary collections.

 The Historical Resource Development Program (HRDP) is funded by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Act (REAP), passed by the Iowa General Assembly in 1989.

 Through REAP, local government units, various organizations and private individuals can receive funding for eligible projects. REAP/HRDP provides grants to preserve, conserve, interpret and educate the public about historical resources. The grant awards announced today require organizations to supply matching funds.

 The list of grant awards announced today follows:

(Project Description)
Grant Amount)

2009 HRDP Documentary Collections Awards

Cerro Gordo County
Clear Lake Public Library Foundation    
Jean Casey
Clear Lake History Documents Restoration
Selected maps and books that document the history of Clear Lake will be restored to preserve them and enhance access. These four items are invaluable sources of unique information on early Clear Lake.

Hamilton County
Kendall Young Library
Cynthia A. Weiss
The Webster City Tribune Microfilming/Scanning Project
The purpose of this grant is to complete the microfilming of the Webster City Tribune. Existing reels and new reels will be scanned to provide a set of searchable CDs.

Johnson County
Oxford Public Library   
Kathy Brack
Johnson County Democrat and Oxford Leader Microfilm and Digitization Project
Preserving history by digitizing past copies of newspapers, including Johnson County Democrat and the Oxford Leader.

Linn County
African American Museum of Iowa      
Benjamin Hoover
Conservation of Documents Pertaining to Iowa’s African American History
The African American Museum of Iowa seeks additional funding to aid in costs incurred in the process of conserving archival collections affected by the flooding that occurred in Cedar Rapids June 12-16, 2008.

 Polk County
Des Moines Public Library        
Marci Behm or Joe Hyman       
Iowa Oral History Cassettes – Preservation and Digitization
Preservation of the Iowa Oral History cassettes by migrating analog cassettes to Compact Discs, WAV and mp3 formats.

 Scott County
Davenport Public Library
Amy Groskopf
Microfilming of the Scott County Board of Supervisors’ Minutes and the Minutes of Incorporated City Councils in Scott County, Iowa
The purpose of this project is to microfilm the earliest surviving Minutes from the Councils of 10 incorporated towns and cities in Scott County, Iowa, and the Scott County Board of Supervisors.

Linn County
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library    
Jason S. Wright
Restoration of Flood-Damaged Phonograph Record Album Covers
The NCSML was devastated by flood waters in June 2008. The NCSML’s collection of more than 3,000 phonograph records was damaged. The purpose of this project is to restore approximately 1,200 LP and 300 45 RPM record album covers.

 Statewide County
University of Iowa, Office of the State Archaeologist
Joe Artz
Envisioning the Cultural Landscape of Iowa Using the 1832-1859 General Land Office Survey Plats
A digital catalog and index of cultural features depicted on mid-19th century General Land Office plat maps will be created. The catalog will be available as a downloadable GIS layer and as on-line interactive maps.

Wayne County
Wayne County Historical Society
Jan Donaldson
Wayne County Probate Court Records, 1891-1925
There are approximately 4,300 early probate court documents of Wayne County in the museum collections dating from 1891 through 1925. The original documents will be cataloged and placed in proper archival storage. All documents will be microfilmed.


The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and is a trustee of Iowa's historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa's past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa's historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.


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