Retrieved from the attic of the Accomack County courthouse in 1996,
archivists and conservators could not salvage these records due to the
effects of poor storage conditions and insect infestation.
Disaster wheel. This handy reference tool gives archivists quick
techniques for salvaging damaged
The initial response is often the most crucial step in
limiting the impact of a disaster
and preventing further damage.
Richmond City Flood of 1886, Main Street between 13th and 15th. Due to
topography, Richmond and a number of other localities in the
Commonwealth are prone to flooding, which may impact records stored on
a building's lower levels.
Botetourt County Courthouse fire December 15, 1970. Following an early
morning fire at the
courthouse, flames and water damaged a number of Botetourt County
records, especially those stored in the basement.
Fortunately, a fire-proof vault installed in the 1847 building
protected some of the oldest records.
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