The Claiborne County Archives Office was presented a grant for $2,345 Monday afternoon by Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett.
“Only about 20 of these are awarded each year,” he said. “I know you’ll put it to good use.”
The money was appropriated, he said, by state Rep. Dennis “Coach” Roach and Sen. Frank Niceley.
“Although they couldn’t be here today, they support what you’re doing,” Hargett said.
The grant proceeds will go toward purchasing needed equipment and supplies, according to Robin Mason, the county’s director of economic and community development.
Acid-free file folders to protect documents, a portable scanner for large documents that won’t fit into a standard scanner and a zoom lens for the microfilm reader will be considered.
“Possibly a microfilm printer as well,” she added.
Chuck Minton, an archivist in the office, has been working on transcribing old minutes from county meetings and binding them in book form.
“This is the history of our county,” he said, pointing to a book of minutes. “Technology changes, but books remain.”
The public is welcome to search through the archives. The office, located at 213 Montgomery Street in Tazewell, is open Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.