Georgia State Archives In Danger

Received from the SAA Issues and Advocacy Roundtable:

As you may have heard, the Georgia State Archives is in danger of being closed due to budget issues in Georgia.  Currently, the Archives is open only two days per week; however, the new budget will close the building to the public entirely and result in major staff layoffs. The closure is slated to take effect on November 1, 2012. Read the Press Release issued by Georgia Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp for further details.

Regional archival associations and individuals are being asked to draft letters in opposition to the budget cuts to the Georgia State Archives.

The deadline to submit letters is this Tuesday, September 18. The Coalition to Preserve the Georgia Archives will present copies of these letters to the Georgia Governor at the annual Georgia Archives Month proclamation signing, scheduled for Wednesday, September 19 at 11 am at the Governor’s Office in the GeorgiaCapitolBuilding.

For key messages and contact info for the governor, see the “Action Alert.“ Please e-mail a copy of your letters to Coalition to Preserve the Georgia Archives Co-Chair Kaye Minchew: kaye@trouparchives.org. Ask your family, friends, co-workers, affiliated organizations, etc., to also send a letter.

You can also:

·       Sign the petition in support of the Georgia Archives

·      Like’ the Georgians Against Closing State Archives page on Facebook

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