(USA) Georgia State Archives Are Threatened With Closure Due to Budget Cuts #general

Jan Meisels Allen

It has been announced on the APG listserve which is open only to members
that the Georgia State Archives are being threatened with closure to the
public due to statewide budget cuts. Over the past several years the
Archives have had their days of being open to the public reduced >from five
to two days and dramatic staff reductions. Evidently, in the current 2012
Georgia General Assembly session legislators are being required to cut 2%
from the state budget and one of the cuts will be to the Georgia Department
of Archives and History-forcing them to close 100% to the public. Their
decision could be as soon as late January or February.

The closings affect genealogists, historians, lawyers and others. The
Friends of the Georgia State Archives have a website with further
information http://www.fogah.org/id25.html

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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