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I rarely re-blog, but this one deserves being spread far and wide.

Timeline of the Destruction of 100 Year Old Franklin County, NC Records

Please read the whole post included above – but the gist is as follows:

– This summer a new Clerk of Court in Franklin County discovered a trove (an entire roomful) of documents, some dating back to 1840, in a previously sealed room in the Franklin County, North Carolina Court House.

– Recognizing the historical value of these materials, she contacted the local historical society to assist in reviewing the materials, preserving them, and inventorying the materials.

– The Local historical group enthusiastically poured themselves into the project, mobilizing volunteers and the whole community – securing space to work, materials, and finances – in order to catalog and preserve the bounty of record books, photographs, deeds, chattel records, land grants, deeds, wills, personal correspondence, and countless…

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3 thoughts on “160 year-old Documents Intentionally Destroyed in Franklin County, N.C.

  1. Disappointing. Documents aren’t always curated well. Reminds me of an occasion when I saw an important old book in my field on a government publishing office list. I sent a check for $0.40 (yes, 40 cents) and paid for postage. I expected to receive a photocopy, but I received a book. Published in 1904, the book is leather/board bound and in excellent condition. I will donate the book to an appropriate library along with a few others one of these days.

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