For the final quarter of 2017, I awarded a grant to the Sturgis Library of Barnstable, MA, which has become a premiere resource for the study of Cape Cod history, genealogy, and the maritime trades. Open 6 days a week year-round, library staff answer questions in person, on the phone, and via email from around the world, serving genealogical and historical researchers, students, genealogists, families, and the general public, as well as hosting a monthly Colonial genealogy group from the Cape Cod Genealogical Society.
In 2016, the library constructed a new climate controlled archival storage space with a state-of-the-art fire suppression system and three times the space of their former archives storage space. Since then, 15 new collections of family papers and historical materials have been donated.
To make these new collections ready for use by the public, materials must be rehoused in acid free and archivally appropriate enclosures. The grant will assist in the purchase of materials necessary to this end, including clamshell and lidded boxes, folders, mylar sleeves, and other items.
To join me in supporting their efforts, please consider making a donation via their website.
As a reminder, you can apply for a Seton Shields grant here. Don’t miss checking out the cool projects I’ve had the opportunity to contribute to over the years, plus an article that will give you a behind-the-scenes peek into my grants program (and might help you increase your odds of being selected when you apply)!