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Increased Public Hours


Help celebrate expanded public access at the Georgia Archives with a ribbon cutting, refreshments, and door prizes.  

Wednesday, 31 July 2013.  10:30am - 12:30pm.  At the Archives (5800 Jonesboro Road, Morrow GA)

Sponsored by the Georgia Genealogical Society 

See Kristina Torres, "Archives expands its staff, hours," Atlanta Journal-Constitution (29 July 2013).  [Link may require subscription.]

Archives Transferred to University System


Ellen Reinhardt.  "New Era for the State Archives," GPB News (1 July 2013).

Tony Potts. "State Archives Joins University System," Coosa Valley News (22 June 2013).

"Ga State Archives to be moved July 1," Atlanta Journal-Constitution (21 June 2013).

Update by the President

6 May 2013


Governor Deal signing Georgia Archives billGovernor Deal signed HB 287 on Monday, 6 May 2013, at 1:30 p.m., officially transferring the Archives from the Secretary of State’s office to the University System of Georgia. About twenty supporters, including Chancellor Hank Hukaby, witnessed the ceremony.

President's Update
22 March 2013


The Georgia Senate voted 21 March 2013, 46 to 0 on HB 287 to transfer the Georgia Archives to the Board of Regents. As you recall earlier this month the bill passed the House 170 to 0. This means the bill is now going to the Governor for his signature, and the transfer will be in effect on 1 July 2013.
Also on 21 March 2013, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted an additional $76,000 or so dollars added to the House Appropriations Committee vote of $224,113 a week or so ago. The additional funds of $300,000 (total) will have to be brought before the Conference Committee to work out the difference or agree on the higher total. They will meet next week before the session ends on 28 March  to work out the final amount of the increase in the budget for the Archives. This vote will determine how many new staff they can hire and thus how many days they can be open.


Senate and House pass bill



Both the Senate and House have approved Hosue Bill 287, which moves the Georgia Archives from the Secretary of State’s Office to the University System of Georgia.  The bill now goes to the Governor.    See "Final passage for Georgia Archives measure," Atlanta Journal-Constitution (21 March 2013).

Legislation Introduced


House Bill 287 " to reassign the Division of Archives and History of the Office of the Secretary of State and transfer governance thereof to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia . . . " has been introduced.  Read the full text of the bill at the Georgia General Assembly website.

Deal, Kemp to Keep Georgia’s Archives Open


Press release received Thursday, 18 October by email at 2:44 PM:

Gov. Nathan Deal and Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced today that the state will restore $125,000 to Kemp’s budget to keep the Georgia State Archives open to Georgians for the remainder of the budget year.

"Georgia’s Archives are a showcase of our state’s rich history and a source of great pride," said Deal. "I worked quickly with my budget office and Secretary Kemp to ensure that Georgians can continue to come to Morrow to study and view the important artifacts kept there. I appreciate Secretary Kemp’s commitment to work with me to find a solution."

The extra funding provides for Georgia State Archives to be open to the public through June 30 of next year. On July 1,  the Georgia Archives will be transferred to University System of Georgia, pending approval of the move by the General Assembly. This transfer will include appropriations required for operation and assets of the Georgia Archives. Additional staff will be provided by USG at that time. Deal and Kemp intend to find efficiencies by consolidating the Archives under the University System of Georgia, just as the state has sought to do with the library system.

"From the beginning of this budget process, I have stated that it was my hope that current access to the Archives could be maintained," Kemp said. "I greatly appreciate Governor Deal’s leadership and recognize the difficult decisions that had to be made in order to identify this funding. He has proposed a plan that supports Archives not just this year, but for years to come."

Deal’s budgetary commitment allows Georgia State Archives to maintain its current access hours.


Statement from University System Hank Huckabee:

 "The State Archives contain a rich history of Georgia and there are extensive cultural and research opportunities available that fit with the University System's overall mission. We look forward to working with Secretary of State in the transition of the State Archives to the System and welcome the opportunity to have this tremendous treasure and resource become a part of the University System family."