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October 19, 2012

Update on Georgia Archives

Filed under: Government,Historians,Joe Adelman's Posts — Joseph M. Adelman @ 6:57 am

Via Mark Cheathem at Jacksonian America, and for those keeping score at home, the Governor and Secretary of State have announced that they’ve scraped together enough pennies ($125,000 worth) to keep the State Archives open through the end of the fiscal year. According to the press release issued by the Governor’s office, the funding will be the first step in a transition process for the Archives:

The extra funding provides for Georgia State Archives to be open to the public through June 30 of next year. On July 1,  the Georgia Archives will be transferred to University System of Georgia, pending approval of the move by the General Assembly. This transfer will include appropriations required for operation and assets of the Georgia Archives. Additional staff will be provided by USG at that time. Deal and Kemp intend to find efficiencies by consolidating the Archives under the University System of Georgia, just as the state has sought to do with the library system.

It is a good thing that the archives will remain open (that is, back to its schedule of public access on Fridays and Saturdays). It is a logical move to place the archives under the purview of the state university system, which has its own extensive library system.

But given the funding cuts that have hit higher education in the past decade, I’m not holding my breath that this puts the State Archives on a permanent sure footing.



  1. On the update-bandwagon for the Georgia Archives at Publick Occurrences: they will remain open. h/t @markcheathem

    Comment by Joseph Adelman (@jmadelman) — October 19, 2012 @ 7:09 am

  2. This fight is far from over. Seven excellent archivists have been fired in the process – archivists with vast knowledge of those collections. That experience cannot possibly be replaced by “staff.” Need to continue to pressure Kemp and Deal to see that those archivists get their jobs back. Archives need archivists!

    Comment by Honor Sachs — October 19, 2012 @ 8:44 am

  3. Honor, thanks for your comment and you’re absolutely right – the fight to keep public records accessible is barely begun. I was not in any way trying to imply victory based solely on this. In fact, I still think being open but two days a week is barely better, and I’m deeply concerned that putting the archives into the state university library’s system may well be a way to hide its ultimate demise. We shall see.

    Comment by Joseph M. Adelman — October 19, 2012 @ 9:45 am

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