The Engineering Department and the Department of Planning and Community Development are keepers of record of various historic maps, street maps and roadway layout plans dating back to the early 1800s, as well as the official zoning maps reflecting Town Meeting/Town Council rezoning actions. These documents had deteriorated and have been preserved by scanning into an electronic format and indexed for easier cataloging and access. In addition it affords the public access to the scanned plans via electronic media.
Landing Mural Restoration
(Town Council Order 10-063)
The Braintree Historical Society received funding for restoration and preservation of an 11.8’ x 5’ oil on canvas entitled “A View of the Landing at Weymouth and Braintree as it was circa 1850.” The mural was restored by a specialist in fine painting conservation and now hangs in the main lobby of Town Hall for viewing by the general public.
Historic Vital Records Preservation - Scanning/Microfilming & Database Creation
(Town Council Orders 11-029/11-043)
Braintree Town Clerk requested funding for the digital scanning and microfilming of more than 172,000 vital record index cards recording births, marriages and deaths registered in Braintree from the 1640s through 2009. The project will also result in the creation of a database interface which will allow for enhanced and streamlined access to the index data.
Historical Records Preservation Phase I - Not Begun