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Augusta County Clerk Establishes Historic Records Fund And Online Access

     STAUNTON – Augusta County Clerk of Circuit Court R. Steven Landes today announced that the Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office and Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge have partnered to create the Augusta County Court House Historic Records Fund. The Clerk’s Office also announced a new digital online historic record archive portal for Augusta County records.

     “We are very excited to join in partnership with the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge creating our new Augusta County Court House Historic Records Fund so that those who may be interested in contributing to the preservation and conservation of some of the most significant historic records in Augusta County that will benefit those interested in the history of both the Commonwealth of Virginia and the United States of America,” Landes said.

      “The new Historic Records Fund will offer community members a way to personally contribute to the preservation of our county’s rich history, which should endure for the use of future generations,” noted Dan Layman, CEO of the Community Foundation. 

     The Community Foundation, through which residents, organizations, and agencies have been creating a wide range of charitable funds since 1992, welcomes this partnership with the Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.  Charitable contributions for the new Fund should be made payable to the Community Foundation (P.O. Box 815, Staunton, VA 24402) or made online at www.cfcbr.org.

     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. In addition to this new Augusta County Court House Historic Records Fund, the Clerk’s Office also applies for grants through the Circuit Court Records Preservation (CCRP) Program, which is managed by the Library of Virginia. The CCRP program allows Clerks to use state grant funding to perform preservation and conservation work to restore and protect Virginia’s valuable history.

     To make more of Augusta County’s significant historic records available in digital form online, the Clerk’s Office also announced the new historic record archive portal linked from the Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s webpage. The new link is hosted by archive.org, a free internet online archive service. This new portal is being updated by Clerk’s Office Historic Records Assistant with records as they are formatted digitally.

     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.

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