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The Library of Virginia is committed to preserving and restoring Virginia’s history for the future through professional conservation.

Please join us on:

Tuesday, April 24, 2012, Noon–12:45PM
Library of Virginia Preservation Day Event
Place: Conference Rooms, The Library of Virginia, 800 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA
In 2011, the Library of Virginia was awarded a Saving America’s Treasures grant to restore the Executive Papers of Governor Thomas Jefferson, 1779–1781. Please join us for a screening of a film that describes Jefferson’s collection and shows the process used to conserve and restore the original manuscripts. Senior paper conservator Leslie Courtois of Etherington Conservation/HF group will provide some background on the process and describe her work. State Records appraisal archivist Craig Moore and State Records program manager Paige Neal will be on hand as well to answer questions about the collection and display some of the original Jefferson documents. This event is open to the public and free of charge.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 7:00 PM   
Preservation Week Event
Place: Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library, 201 East Main Street, Bedford, VA 24523
The timeworn and musty old bundles of records found in local courthouses contain a wealth of historical and genealogical information. Archivists from the Library of Virginia—Local Records Services director Carl Childs and Local Records program manager Greg Crawford, plus Karen Glover from Bedford Circuit Court—will share some of the discoveries made in their work to preserve the historic records of Virginia, its localities, and its people. Learn about archivists' work and the people, events, and documents we discover. This event is open to the public and free of charge. For more information, call 540-586-4520.

Thursday, April 26, 2012, 6:30 PM   
Preservation Week Event
Place: Lynchburg Public Library, 2315 Memorial Avenue, Lynchburg VA 24501
The timeworn and musty old bundles of records found in local courthouses contain a wealth of historical and genealogical information. Archivists from the Library of Virginia—Local Records Services director Carl Childs and Local Records program Manager Greg Crawford—will share some of the discoveries made in their work to preserve the historic records of Virginia, its localities, and its people. Learn about archivists' work and the people, events, and documents we discover. This event is open to the public and free of charge. For more information, call 434-455-6300.

Archival Collections
Scrapbooks, letter books, journals, state documents, personal papers including early governor’s papers, business records, architectural plans and drawings, etc.
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Circuit Court Clerks Records Preservation Project (CCRP)
Circuit Court Clerks Records Preservation Project (CCRP) The CCRP is an innovative program that seeks to preserve and make accessible the historic and permanent records from the 120 circuit courts throughout the commonwealth. Funded through a $1.50 of each clerk’s recordation fee, the CCRP provides resources to assist clerks in the effective management of their records. The program awards preservation grants to the localities as well as supports the preservation and access to circuit court records transferred to the LVA Archives for safekeeping.

The first CCRP grant was awarded in 1992. Since then, the program has awarded over 1,100 preservation grants totaling nearly $16 million. The program has processed and preserved over 16,000 boxes of circuit court records, created over 6 million digital chancery images, and stores over 350,000 security microforms www.lva.virginia.gov/agencies/ccrp/

Digital Chancery Collections
Digital Chancery Collections - Circuit Court Records Preservation Project (CCRP) The Library of Virginia’s Local Records Services has been digitally scanning chancery case files for Virginia localities since 2004.  Each of Virginia's circuit courts created chancery records that contain considerable historical and genealogical information. Because the records rely so heavily on testimony from witnesses, they offer a unique glimpse into the lives of Virginians from the early 18th century through the First World War.  The program has now posted over 6.3 million images for 52 localities.
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General Collections 
Some collections need a thorough cleaning, tape removal and some mending before they are placed in the general collection.  We do this to protect the existing collection and keep the collection overall free of dust and contaminants. Over 60 recent donation books, which have been added to our general collection, were cleaned in the conservation lab this year.  http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/using_collections.asp

Local Records

Montgomery County Cohabitation Register: Conservation Film 

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Map Collections
The Library of Virginia conserved several historic maps in the last year including, John Wood Map of Northampton County and the map of the lands of Longdale Iron Company. 
Three maps have been adopted through our Adopt Virginia’s History program this year.  This is the first one to be conserved.  http://www.lva.virginia.gov/involved/adopt-info.asp?id=21

Newspaper Collections
The Library of Virginia conserved and microfilmed the following rare Virginia newspaper titles newspapers in the last year… Chatham Tribune, Bath News, Bath Co. Enterprise and News Herald, Weekly Pearisburg Virginian, Our Diocesan Work
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Special Collections
The most diverse set of items – prints, photographs, early serials, imprints, rare books, early newspapers, sheet music and ephemera are conserved and restored.

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Library of Virginia Foundation
The Adopt Virginia's History program supports our conservation efforts, helping the Library preserve our state’s collective memory. http://www.lva.virginia.gov/adopt.