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Georgia State Archives Closed to General Public Beginning November 1

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.

  • An action alert, talking points, and links to additional resources are posted on the National Coalition for History’s website.  Advocates are urged to contact Governor Nathan Deal, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, and Georgia state legislators. 
  • The Georgia Secretary of State’s official statement on the issue is also available on the National Coalition for History’s website.
  • An online petition addressed to the Governor of Georgia is online here.  There are currently more than 12,000 signers. 
  • October is American Archives Month.  Resources to aid in enhancing public awareness are available on the website of the Society of American Archivists. 

[Posted by: Erin Mosley] 

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