Secretary of State Tre Hargett presented grant checks today at two Nashville universities that will be used to improve the archives at those schools. During separate ceremonies at Tennessee State University and Trevecca Nazarene University, Secretary Hargett presented checks of $2,500 each.
The checks are awarded as part of the State and National Archival Partnership (SNAP) program, in which the federal government and states provide funding to support the preservation and storage of historical records and to increase public access to those records.
At TSU, the funding will be used to assist in organizing the papers of the late Avon Williams, a former state senator and civil rights activist. At TNU, the money will be used to digitize the school's collection of yearbooks.
"I appreciate both Tennessee State and Trevecca's commitment to this program," Secretary Hargett said. "These funds will assist in their important work of preserving these records as well as making them available to the broadest possible audience."
The Secretary of State's office has participated in the SNAP program since 1999. Each year, the office provides $45,500 in available funding to selected archives within Tennessee based on their submitted proposals.