Brunson said adding the $5 user fee to each document to be filed has allowed her to save about $370,000 to date.
“We will start the project by the first of the year to restore my historical books,” she said, “I have removed them from the shelves and put them in a vault.”
Brunson said she has identified 1,013 record and deed volumes with discolored and brittle pages.
One document, dated 1873, shows the transfer of 44.3 acres of land from Gov. Edmund Davis to Oliver Loving. Another document, filed in 1876, was the first filed in Parker County records after a fire destroyed all previously existing records and deeds.
The archival plan — estimated to take about five years — also includes digitizing records, re-indexing handwritten indexed records and entering images and data into a computerized system to allow public access through the Internet.
“It’s very exciting when you love your county, the people, the history,” Brunson said. “For 20 years, this county has been my family.”
If she is successful in her re-election bid, she said, it will be her final term.
“I will turn 65 during that term, and I do have 13 grandchildren,” she said. “It’s time to enjoy them.”