Archives staff have been hard at work attempting to save a 100 year old map of Evansville. The map below had been folded 8 times and placed in an envelope for much of that time. The blue bin in the photo serves as a re-hydration chamber used to get moisture back into this brittle document. Once it was able to be opened without tearing, we used the weights on top of the blue bin to help flatten the map over the period of a week. Today, we are repairing the rips and tears that are ever present in a map this old. It is coming along nicely! Look for it this fall at the Evansville Museum of Art, History, and Science.
Preservation Month may be over but that doesn’t mean the need for preservation stops. This Report of the Treasury from 1888 is just one example of the information that is at risk for loss. Even though actions have been taken in the short term to protect this fragile record, proper care must be considered in long term planning if these resources are to be saved for the community in the future.