Nueces County Preserves County Ledgers Dating Back to 1840s

Nueces County commissioners were presented with the first set of the oldest county ledgers on hand on Wednesday. It took months to restore and preserve the ledgers, which date back to the 1840s.

So far, only 200 of the hundreds of giant books have been preserved, simply because the process is not cheap; yet it is necessary to preserve Nueces County history.

"We have records that date back to 1847," County Clerk Diana Barrera said. "Commissioners court records. This is one of the election volume books. They custom build these, really nice cases, so that it tries to mitigate any fire or water damage. So that helps us out. They're placed in encapsulated sleeves. They're very beautifully done, so we're very proud."

Barrera said the goal is to preserve a couple of books each based on money that is collected from fees. The process of restoring and preserving the ledgers can cost upwards of $250,000.


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