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Saving endangered pieces of the region's labor history is the goal of a $16,000 state grant to the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, the organization said.

The New York Documentary Heritage Program awarded the funds to catalog and preserve union records in one of state's historic industrial centers.

The funding pays for two librarians to do the work, said Kathleen M. DeLaney, field archivist working on the project. The project will extend 18 months and could work with about 25 labor organizations, she said.

Charters, minutes, photographs and other union material can fill in missing pieces of Buffalo and Erie County history, she said.

The award, following a $15,000 state Labor Department grant in January, is part of a statewide project.

The archivists will catalog records and index them as part of an online reference used by researchers. If new storage space is needed, the archivists can recommend possible locations including international union organizations and local libraries.

Labor organizations can contact Ms. DeLaney at the historical society at 873-9644.

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