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Support Library Collections & Conservation

Help us collect and conserve family papers!

The American Ancestors Research Center is one of the nation’s leading genealogical research centers. It contains more than a million documents, including public.manuscripts, records, books, microfilms, photographs, artifacts, electronic resources, and other items. Your support helps us run this unique resource, to review, process and digitize collections for members and the public.


Our Research Center staff processes hundreds of donated collections each year. To do this, knowledgable, trained staff must read through each collection, organize it, and prepare it for digitization. Some items need to be conserved in our book laboratory. This process takes many hours, days, weeks, and months.

Costs associated with this work include stipends for interns, money required to pay for conservation materials and book conservation staff, and print and digital collateral to educate the public about these valuable materials.