Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) has been awarded a $59,966 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program to support planning for the preservation and digitization of selections from its own archival collections, as well as collections from the Town of New Paltz, the Reformed Church of New Paltz, and the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection at the Elting Memorial Library in New Paltz. This is the third NEH grant awarded to HHS in two years.
The planning project comprises scholarly evaluation by historians and authors Firth Fabend and David W. Voorhees, as well as condition assessment by a team of conservators from the Conservation Center of Art and Historic Artifacts and development of digitization guidelines for these documents.
Planning is an essential step toward the implementation phase of the project, which will encompass conservation of the most important and/or fragile documents, an upgrade of archival storage materials, and initiation of digitization of the most historically significant material in a manner consistent with the highest professional standards.
Documents featured in the four collections include early land agreements between Native Americans and European colonists, personal and business account books and wills, records of baptisms and marriages from the Reformed Church, documents relating to the enslavement and gradual emancipation of African Americans, correspondence relating to the Revolutionary and Civil War, and more.
For more information about Historic Huguenot Street, visit their website.
Photo: View Looking Down Broadhead Street toward Huguenot Street, courtesy Historic Huguenot Street Archives.