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Library board to discuss historic documents

At the last library board meeting, Chairman Bee Espy brought the board’s attention to Sims documents located in the local history room at the Halifax County Public Library, and these documents will be up for discussion again at Tuesday’s meeting to be held at 4:30 p.m. in the South Boston Public Library. 

The documents, some of which contain the lineage of slaves, are currently stored in envelopes located in file cabinets and a safe.

During last month’s meeting, the conditions of these folded up historic documents were brought to the board’s attention. 

To help address what needs to be done to preserve these documents, Espy and Library Director Jay Stephens traveled to Black Walnut Plantation in Clover last month to speak with University of Virginia Librarian Edward F. Gaynor. 

Gaynor traveled to the plantation to accept the donation of a large volume of papers dating from 1770 to 1980 from the Watkins family, donated by John Thrift, grandson of the late Dr. William Watkins. 

The board also will hear an update on the Local History Room during Tuesday’s meeting. 

Also on the agenda for the library board to review during their Tuesday meeting are the following: 

A correction to the Internet Terms of Use policy; 

 Library signage;

 And a request to close on Saturday, July 5. 

The library director is slated to give a statistical report and his director’s report.  

Branch Manager Chris Thompson also is slated to give a report.