[USA] Georgia State Archives to Be Closed to Public Effective November 1, 2012

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

Georgia Governor Deal announced that to further reduce its budget for AFY 13 and FY 14 by 3 percent the Secretary of State had to reduce services which resulted in announcement that the Georgia State Archives will be closed to the public starting November 1, 2012.  The State Archives are under the Office of the Secretary of State. Georgia will be the only state in the country that will not have a central location in which the public can visit to research and review the historical records of their government and state.

The staff that currently works to catalog, restore, and provide reference to the state of Georgia's permanent historical records will be reduced.  After November 1st, the public will only be allowed to access the building by appointment; however, the number of appointments could be limited based on the schedule of the remaining employees.  The governor stated, he will fight during this legislative session to have  the funding cuts restored. The Georgia State Archives has had their budget cut each year since 2008.  The Georgia State Archives website is: http://www.georgiaarchives.org/

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Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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