September 18, 2012 – Starting on November 1, 2012, Georgia will become the only state without fully accessible state archives when the Georgia State Archives is closed to the general public. The public will be allowed to access the building by appointment only, subject to availability. Georgia Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, announced the change after he was directed by the Governor to reduce his budget expenditures by 3 percent. The reduction of nearly $750,000 will come entirely from the State Archives. In addition to the changes in public access, staff reductions are expected soon. The issue has garnered significant press coverage following the announcement.
The National Coalition for History is urging advocates to take action. Additional resources are listed below.
[Posted by: Erin Mosley]