STAUNTON – Augusta County Clerk of Circuit Court R. Steven Landes today announced that his office received notification of the approval of a Virginia Circuit Court Records Preservation Program (CCRP) grant application for the conservation and preservation of four historically significant records in the amount of $12,598. The notification was received from the Library of Virginia, who administers the program.
“The Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office is extremely pleased to have been successful in once again obtaining a Circuit Court Records Preservation Program Grant so that these four important records can be preserved for future generations,” Landes said. “I am committed to preserving and conserving Augusta County’s historic records during my tenure as Clerk.”
The Clerk’s Office has applied for these grants since 1994, and the most recent application was submitted on September 22, 2020, and covers the current grant cycle. The grant will allow the Clerk’s Office to restore and conserve Will Book No. 3 (1761-1767); Marriage Register Colored 1888-1910; Deed Book 29 (1796-1798), and Order Book 24 (1796-1799). In addition to the restoration of these documents, the grant will also allow the Clerk’s Office to obtain digital images of the records, ensuring future public access to the documents.
The Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk is the steward of historic records dating back to 1745. The Clerk’s Offices throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia possess a wealth of historic records. These historic records require constant protection and preservation work to ensure these artifacts remain in existence for future generations. The Virginia General Assembly created the special grants preservation program, which is managed by the Library of Virginia, and this program allows Clerks to use state grant funding to perform preservation and conservation work to restore and protect Virginia’s valuable history.
The Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office is in downtown Staunton at the Augusta County Courthouse. The Clerk serves as the recorder of deeds and probate judge, issues marriage licenses and is the official court administrator for all civil and criminal cases. The Clerk creates and maintains all court files and records, prepares court orders and jury lists, contacts jurors and issues summons and court processes. More information about the services of the Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office can be found online at www.co.augusta.va.us/government/circuitcourt-clerk.