The Ithacan Historical Societyis proud to launch a new fundraising drive to support the conservation of historical documents at the state archives in Ithaca. The IHS has a record of providing aid to the Ithacan archive in the past. After the reopening of the archive in December 2021 following a long period of closure, the IHS again provided significant aid to meet the most urgent needs of the archive. While these efforts have made an important contribution, there remain many more areas of need. Our goal is to ensure Ithaca’s rich heritage will be preserved for future generations.
Read more about our recent contributions to the archive here: https://ithaca.org.au/historical-society/historical-archive-ithaca
We are now appealing for contributions to the fund which will allow us to support the archive into the future. The Ithacan Archive Fund is a perpetual project of the IHS and welcomes individual contributions from all who are interested in the history of Ithaca and its region. We also welcome corporate contributions and bequests.
Our strategy for supporting the Ithacan archive has been based on broad consultation. We are guided by four main objectives:
Provision of appropriate professional-standard, acid-free conservation materials to preserve records currently conserved inappropriately
Climate, fire-safety and humidity controls
Support for the classification of documents, and the publication of catalogues to the archive’s collections
Support for researchers to publish primary sources (notarial registers, ecclesiastical/civil registry records, etc) and related studies