History of Chester County in Safer Hands Following Pair of Grants


The archives storage area of the Chester County Archives and Records Services.

The history of Chester County is in safer hands following a pair of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Money for an expert assessment in 2013 led to another 2016 grant that helped buy storage for oversized Battle of the Brandywine items, a records climate logger, and water alarms, according to a NEH report by Ralph Canevali.

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“We are truly fortunate to have the most complete run of county government records in southeastern Pennsylvania,” said former Recorder of Deeds and now Commissioner Terence Farrell. “Receiving funding from NEH strengthens our ability to take care of the entire archives collection properly.”

Those Chester County Archives and Records Services contain “2,940 volumes and 1,823 cubic feet of government records — the equivalent of more than 1,000 file cabinet drawers” — that date back as early as 1714.

CCARS works alongside the Chester County Historical Society to preserve the county’s rich past.

Read more details of the preservation grants and efforts from NEH here.

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