Annually, archival and historically significant collections of Cape May County are transported to Kofile Preservation in Essex, Vermont for conservation treatment, microfilming, scanning and rebinding. Professional conservators at Kofile disbind the volumes, surface clean and deacidify the pages; remove tapes, adhesives and stains and repair tears. Before rebinding the volumes are microfilmed for preservation and scanned for access on www.capemaycountyarchives.com/prodoprslite/cmchome.aspx. The volumes are returned to Cape May County in custom made archival boxes.
Preservation of many of the important collections was funded by a Public Archives and Records Infrastructure Support Grant administered by the Department of State Division of Archives and Records Management between 2005-2010. County Clerk Rita M. Rothberg continues the project, however, as each year additional historically valuable books make the trip to Vermont and are returned for public access in the Cape May County Archives.
"These records are some of the historical treasures of our county. This project will preserve these records for future generations and will provide greater access for family historians, genealogists and land title researchers." Rothberg said.
County Clerk Rita M. Rothberg (left) with Bill Stewart of Kofile Preservation of Essex VT holding Aaron Leaming Surveys, Misc. Records; 1695-1764.