Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman (center) with representatives from the National Archives and Records Administration, Montgomery County Records Manager Debbie Andrews and Tina Ratcliff from the Montgomery County Records Center and Archives
February 17, 2011 - On behalf of the Montgomery County Records Center and Archives, Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman accepted a 2010 Achievement Award from the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB).
The competitive award recognizes Montgomery County’s preservation program put in place over a three-year process to protect the longevity of the county’s permanent and historic records and to ensure their continued access by the public.
OHRAB is Ohio’s central body for historical records planning. Board members represent Ohio's public and private archives, records offices, and research institutions and are appointed by the governor. Administrative responsibility for the board rests with the Ohio Historical Society's Archives/Library Division. The board is funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
The Montgomery County Records Center & Archives collaborated with the Montgomery County Records Commission and the Public Works Department to improve environmental conditions of the Records Center. Preservation efforts on historic records included sweeping materials with HEPA vacuums to remove inactive mold, dust and red rot. Materials with active mold were removed from the public area and treated. A much healthier environment has been created for the employees and visitors of the Records Center & Archives.
In addition, the county’s Records Retention and Disposal Policy was aggressively implemented. Over 7,000 boxes of records and nearly 1,000 ledger books with neither business nor historical value were destroyed, saving the county significant storage costs.
The county’s earliest records-dating from 1803 to 1820-and its early birth and death records have been conserved and are once again available for research by the public.