About the Georgia Archives
Why we exist
We support legislators and state agencies by providing background information and context for proposed legislation and current issues. For example:
- Water resources – the archives contains records of prior Governors’ attempts to negotiate water rights;
- Jekyll Island – the archives contains early reports and agreements from the period when the state first created the Jekyll Island Authority, all of which are relevant to current issues about island development.
We maintain records that protect your legal and property rights, as well as those of the state government and the counties. For example:
- County boundaries – the archives maintains all records of county boundaries, boundary disputes, and settlements;
- State boundaries – the archives maintains the official records of the state’s boundaries;
- Acts of the General Assembly – the archives maintains the original, official copies of the state’s laws, which are referred to frequently to decide points of law and settle issues of printing errors and other alterations.
We decrease the liability, and increase the efficiency, of state agencies through proper records management. For example:
- Retention scheduling – the archives oversees the record retention process for all state agencies and local governments. The proper retention and disposition of records reduces wasteful storage of unnecessary records, the preservation of records that are essential to government business, and the reduction of liability through proper and planned destruction of records;
- Education and training – the archives trains state and local government agencies to care for their records efficiently, dispose of them legally, maintain Open Records appropriately, and identify and protect their essential records from disasters;
- State Records Center – the archives, through the State Records Center, provides cost‐effective storage of records that are awaiting their destruction date, thereby reducing state costs.
||Makes historic records of permanent research value
available to the public. Responsible for accessioning and
physical processing of records. Describes the Archives’
records and books through indexes and catalogs; maintains
the Division’s web site and databases. Oversees preservation
and reformatting and digitizes records for access. Provides
outreach preservation services through consulting,
publications and training.
||Helps the public use archival records on‐site and by e‐mail.
Provides opportunities for public involvement through outreach
activities as well as our volunteer, internship, and Friends
programs. Organizes education and exhibit programs.
|Records and Information Management Services
|Helps state agencies and local governments manage
current Information records efficiently through workshops,
consultations, technical Management leaflets, and retention
||Stores the inactive records of state agencies until they
have Center reached the end of their retention period.
|Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board (GHRAB)
||Helps local governments, historical societies, libraries, museums Records Advisory and other repositories through grants, an awards program, and Board (GHRAB) preferred practices for historical records programs.
Our facility, opened on May 6, 2003, is a winner of many awards, including the National Design Award from the American Institute of Architects. It was designed by HOK.
You can see images of the Georgia Archives building.
People ask all the time: What’s inside that building? Take a peek at What’s Inside!
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