|Volunteers with the Strawberry River chapter of the Daughters of the American|
Revolution volunteered recently at the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives.
Five members of the Strawberry River chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution volunteered Thursday, Oct. 17, to help preserve archival records at the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives.
“We are grateful to our volunteers, all of whom are instrumental in helping NEARA staff preserve Arkansas’s history and heritage and in making records more easily accessible to the public,” said Fatme Myuhtar-May, archival manager.
The Strawberry River chapter chose NEARA as part of DAR’s “Day of Service” event. Volunteers Jan Lusk, of Ash Flat; Cynthia Clow-Elliott and Robert Elliott, both of Salem; Shirley Blankenship, of Horseshoe Bend; and Clara L. Ballard, of Evening Shade, donated six hours of volunteer time. The group unfolded 7 cubic feet of materials from the Walnut Ridge Court records collection. Volunteers removed rusted staples and paper clips, then placed the records into acid-free archival containers to prepare them for indexing.
Without the volunteers, staff would have spent days, if not weeks, unfolding the same amount of records that DAR volunteers did in a single day, Myuhtar-May said. NEARA staff can now index records at a faster rate, thanks to the work of volunteers. Once indexed, the records will be searchable, which will help patrons with their research.
The Walnut Ridge Court records collection is one of the largest and most important collections at NEARA. The records are used heavily by genealogists and academic researchers. Processing the Walnut Ridge Court records collection is nearing completion, thanks in large part to the volunteers.
“We are very happy to be here helping with archival records,” said Lusk, who is a regent of the Strawberry River chapter. “This kind of work falls in line with one of our organization’s national goals: historic preservation.”
DAR volunteers also participated in NEARA’s annual Volunteer Day event this past June.
“We just want to thank our many volunteers. Without you, it would not be possible to process archival records at the fast speed that we currently maintain,” Myuhtar-May said.