19 January 2016

Georgia Archives Doing Better Than Ever -- Being Part of the State University System!

You may remember that back in 2012 and 2013 we posted a couple of pieces about the state of the GeorgiaArchives – reduced access (staff and public hour cuts) and more.  The situation was becoming dire!
+ Expanded hours, 4 days a week (via Upfront Mini Bytes, 12 July 2013)

Three years after the Archives almost closed for regular public business, a new era has begun for the state’s premier keeper of government records and treasure trove of history. Since 2012, the Archives’ staff has tripled, seen its budget grow by more than 20 percent and welcomed a 30 percent increase in the number of visitors coming through the doors.

Of course, it almost took the closure of these archives for something to change ...

Lawmakers in 2013 took control of the Georgia Archives away from the Secretary of State’s Office and gave it instead to the University System of Georgia. The move, worked out by Gov. Nathan Deal, came seven months after Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced layoffs at the Archives and the cancellation of public hours, a decision that surprised the governor and led to several public protests.

This change made it the first state archives to be run by a state university system and that new formula seems to be working well.

As we are so often the bearers of discouraging news when it comes to records access, it’s really nice to be able to talk about a “success!”

Here’s to hoping in 2016 we have more positive news to share!

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