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Saving history from a hurricane, The Christian Science Monitor
- Subject: Saving history from a hurricane, The Christian Science Monitor
- From: "Paul Messier" <pm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 09:22:54 -0400
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Saving history from a hurricane
Byline: Marilyn Gardner Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
"When two feet of water flooded the basement of the New Orleans
courthouse a month ago, archivist Stephen Bruno faced a huge problem.
All the books on the bottom shelves were wet. He knew the soggy
volumes, containing important public records, must be put in freezers
to halt the growth of mold until they could be dried out.
"I made a public plea for help," says Mr. Bruno, custodian of notarial
records for Orleans Parish. "Once they finished saving people, I became
deeply concerned that we had to save records."
"Books, documents, and photographs in public and private collections
remain an invisible part of rescue operations in the aftermath of
hurricane Katrina. From courthouses, libraries, and businesses to
lawyers' offices and homes, the need is the same: to dry out papers and
save as many documents as possible."
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