TERRE HAUTE —
The Vigo County Public Library has received a $2,000 grant to evaluate its historic map collection, a library official announced Monday.
The grant, from the State Historic Records Advisory Board, allowed the library to hire an expert to assess the maps, which include nearly three dozen from the Henry Montainer collection, some of which date back hundreds of years.
As it turns out, the library’s suspicions were confirmed and some of the maps are considered very valuable, said Brittany Michaels, community connections coordinators for the VCPL, who was speaking to the library’s board of trustees.
The library will continue to apply for annual grants over the next couple of years with the ultimate goal of better preserving the maps and making them available in digital form, Michaels said. There are a few hundred maps in all, most of which are of the Terre Haute area, she said.
Some of the maps in the Montainer collection predate the Declaration of Independence. Montainer was the grandson of Emeline and Crawford Fairbanks. The public library, before moving to its current location at Seventh and Poplar streets, was on North Seventh Street and was known as the Emeline Fairbanks Memorial Library. The building is now used by ISU as a student art gallery.