The task will take eight to 10 weeks to complete, with the end product accessible by computer, according to Summers.
“The preserved books are actually usable,” he explained. “When we finish the preservation of an object like this, you can actually say that particular page will last 300 to 500 years.
“Once we get all the tape removed, glue removed and get the acid neutralized, we actually digitize the page at that time. Then we take the digitized information and make a roll of archivable microfilm, which will always be in our vault over in Dallas.”
“It’s great to be preserving the rich heritage of this county,” County Judge Mark Riley remarked. “We have so much growth here, but there’s not a connection sometimes with new people.”
Brunson said it would take four to five years to restore and preserve all the county’s documents.