Community Historic Records Preservation Project
Saving Yesterday For
As one of the oldest
of California settlements, San Luis Obispo has a rich and varied
history. Stored in the City vault are records over 150 years old.
The City’s earliest minutes, ordinances, resolutions, land
applications, letters, and library minutes are just some of the
All are in danger of
deterioration and will eventually be lost without the help of our
The Saving Yesterday
for Tomorrow project reaches out to the community to ensure future
generations will have access to these records. In fact, after
preservation, these documents and books will be even more accessible
than in their present state.
Not only will
professional preservation extend the life of each book or
record…virtually forever…but all will be digitalized and made
accessible for investigation into the City’s municipal history,
family heritage, etc. These records will be further protected as a
microfilm copy will be stored in an underground storage facility out
of the area in the event of some catastrophic event resulting in the
loss of the originals.
vary depending upon the number of pages, age of the record, type of
ink used, etc., but Brown’s River – the preservationist specialists
– have quoted $1500 per volume as an expected cost.
individuals are strongly urged to consider making a donation to the
Preserving the Past for Tomorrow project. Donors will be
acknowledged by the City Council and donors of $500 or more will
have a book dedicated on their behalf. Donations are tax
A brochure and
donation form can be downloaded here.
information about this unique project, please contact the
Clerk’s office at 781-7104.