Conservation of Original Material from a Scrapbook

Before – Preparing the proposal

Grant funds were used to hire a qualified paper conservator to remove materials from the Old Settlers’ scrapbook containing 550 pages with thousands of items attached to the leaves. These materials include newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, certificates, playbills, and banknotes. This material mainly dates from the 1930s with some items from as early as the 1860s.

The Historical Society has identified 429 items that are valuable to the Historical Society and community in their original form in addition to their copies on the microfilm. This final number includes correspondence, photographs, certificates, playbills, banknotes, manuscripts, and essays.

This scrapbook was created by Paul P. Thompson four years before his death. This life-long Winonan was the historian of the Older Settlers’ Association. The scrapbook is his account of the happenings in Winona County as it related to him as a citizen and member of the Association.

The paper conservator removed these materials using a variety of techniques and labeled each object with the page number it was originally attached to in order for the materials to be matched to the microfilmed version of the scrapbook.

This scrapbook was identified by the Collections Committee as one of the Top 10 priority items in the two-dimensional collection.

Recipient: Winona County Historical Society
Funded Amount: $10,000

The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants Program has been made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. Administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.