Read on for an important message about the Georgia Archives. The archives are now open four days a week for research, and additional staff have been hired. Help to spread the word by printing and posting this flyer at your location. Access a copy by clicking here.
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Great news! As a Coalition Partner, the SGA has received the following update from Kaye Minchew and Ken Thomas, Co-Chairs of the Coalition to Preserve the Georgia Archives. The bill to transfer the administration of the Georgia Archives to the Board of Regents was passed by both houses of the Georgia legislature unanimously and goes to the Governor’s desk for signature. The State Budget, after the conference committee met, included $300,000 more for the Georgia Archives than the Governor originally proposed in January. Many thanks to all those who have worked so hard since September to keep the Georgia Archives open and to get money back in the budget.
The SGA requests that you call the Senators and Representatives on the budget conference committee and request they PLEASE fully fund the $450,000 the Chancellor requested for the Georgia Archives. Do this by Wednesday. Names and numbers are in the full story. Get ready to call NOW. We are in the home stretch of our advocacy efforts for the Georgia Archives during the 2013 General Assembly Session. This is the final push.
The SGA requests that you call your Representative NOW requesting his/her support of HB 287, which will be voted on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013. Call NOW.
SGA President Tammy Herron requests that SGA members and friends call their Senator/Representative NOW to request their help in restoring the Georgia Archives to its ability to be open to the public for regular business hours and to have sufficient staff to provide the basic full range of services that a state archival institution should provide. Thanks for doing this NOW. Call, don’t write.
Despite an announcement that the Georgia State Archives would close in November, an October 18th press release notes, “Gov. Nathan Deal and Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced today that the state will restore $125,000 to Kemp’s budget,” which will keep the Archives open. The SGA was one of many organizations and individuals that publicly advocated that this important research institution not be closed. The Georgia State Archives will maintain its current access hours.
SGA President Catherine Long has sent a letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and others regarding our grave concern over the planned closing of the Georgia Archives on 1 November 2012.
Finish your research at the Georgia Archives before November 1st, 2012.That’s because the Archives will close to the public on that day, and staffing may be too reduced for you to get a special appointment to access the Archives. Note that as of the date of this post, this information is not noted on the Archives’ website.
Virginia Shadron, Chair, Friends of Georgia Archives & History, reports that the Fiscal Year 2012 budget that passed the Georgia House of Representatives on March 11th includes budget reductions that probably will result in the State Archives closing its doors to the public. Shadron’s comments are made in an open letter online here. The House Bill must now be considered by Senators. Archaeologists use records stored at the Georgia Archives regularly in their research. Most materials are not online, so visiting the Archives is the only way to obtain the unique information stored there.
The SGA is a member of the Coalition to Preserve the Georgia Archives and has received the following information from the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board (GHRAB) regarding HB 287, a bill to transfer the Georgia Archives from the Secretary of State’s Office to the Board of Regents, University System of Georgia. Great News! HB […]
Do some research online and save fuel! Georgia’s Secretary of State’s website includes the Virtual Vault, which contains historical documents, records, maps, etc., dating back to 1733, as well as recent photographs.