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September 24, 2012
Georgia State Archives Limiting Access To The Public on November 1
There are a bunch of interesting stories (here, here, and here) running about the news that the State of Georgia is effectively closing its state archives to the public on November 1 due to budget issues. Various stories indicate that the archives would be open to researchers on limited days and by appointment. According to a story in the Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required), Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has said he’ll find a way to keep the archives open to the public, though the existing budget process may not forestall the November 1 staff reductions.
Let’s compare this situation to another story from last year about a state-funded enterprise. The Georgia Go Fish Center was established in 2007 at a cost of $14 million. That dollar amount is funded by a bond issue that has taxpayers on the hook for $1.6 million a year for the next six years. So if I understand it, researchers would have limited access to Georgia State documents while visitors to the Go Fish Center can sit in a chair simulating a fight with a Marlin.
I don’t know how bad finances are in Georgia. I work in Illinois, which is a financial basket case when it comes to state debt and budgeting. No one in Illinois is considering the state archives as a source of potential savings. Georgia needs to work on its priorities. [MG]
So my wife and I would love to access the Texas public records. We're just not sure how to go about doing so. Do you have any suggestions?
Posted by: Texas Public Records | Jan 10, 2013 7:40:38 AM
Going through Georgia public records can be a grueling process, but it doesn't have to be if you're doing it online. That's what my sister told me at least http://publicrecords.searchsystems.net/United_States_Free_Public_Records_by_State/Georgia_Public_Records/.
Posted by: Walter Stevens | Dec 5, 2012 7:48:31 AM
Gov Deal stated he would keep the archives open. He didn't say how he planned to do so. In the meantime, The Secretary of State fired 7 of the remaining 10 employees. These employees received their official separation notifications last Friday.
The Archives will be closed to public access effective Nov. 1 and the appointments will be "as staff allows." Remaining staff includes the new Director, the Assistant Director, and the Building Operations manager. How are two individuals going to handle all of the requests for records as mandated by Georgia Open Records code?
The loss of the collective intellectual knowledge of the staff of the Georgia Archives is as big a loss as the closing of the building.
Posted by: elizabeth | Sep 24, 2012 3:23:01 PM