Grant to help restore old court records
By Kevin Lavery, KWMU
St. Louis, MO. – The state of Missouri will use a $300,000 grant to provide access to thousands of court cases dating back to the Civil War.
The funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities will help restore records of more than 11,000 cases tried in the St. Louis Circuit Court. Among the documents is a case involving James B. Eads, who built the famous railroad bridge in downtown St. Louis.
Ken Winn is Missouri's state archivist.
The cases vary from fairly mundane to things that are extremely important about freedom of press or speech, Winn said. So, the case could be about a horse that was taken, or it could be something we prize as one of our fundamental liberties.
The project is part of an ongoing effort to restore some four million pages of court records that go back as far as the late 1700s.