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160 year-old Documents Intentionally Destroyed in Franklin County, N.C.

160 year-old Documents Intentionally Destroyed in Franklin County, N.C.

Posted: 1389281258000
Classification: Query
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 other materials from a wide variety of government departments throughout the county. (This room had apparently become the “graveyard” for old records, and no one bothered to investigate it for many, many decades.)

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Re: 160 year-old Documents Intentionally Destroyed - Any more news?

Posted: 1392599479000
Classification: Query
I saw this news when it first happened and was horrified. Thanks for posting it here. Was there any resolution? Was there any explanation? How can other places make sure it doesn't happen with another such treasure trove?

Re: 160 year-old Documents Intentionally Destroyed - Any more news?

Posted: 1488498328000
Classification: Query
No resolution ! The Heritage Society of Franklin County, NC continues their heritage projects and will never forget the action taken by the Angela Harris, county manager, who promised that she would notify the society when a decision was made concerning the basement papers. She notified us by doing NOTHING and thus the removal company arrived about 4PM on a Friday afternoon and began the process. The NC Archives allowed this to happen also without proper testing of the mold, only an employee proclaimed the papers/mold were to be burned.

Re: 160 year-old Documents Intentionally Destroyed in Franklin County, N.C.

Posted: 1488498467000
Classification: Query
"The local historical society" should be named as The Heritage Society of Franklin County, NC. There are several historical societies within the county and they have different projects and goals.
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