Recent News from the Georgia Archives

Today Secretary of State Brian Kemp released a statement explaining the new appointment system for the Georgia Archives.

This news was covered far and wide, and incorporated into a new AJC article about the immigration bill that Secretary Kemp has used as an example for the increase in services his office provides.

Kaye Minchew, of the Troup County Historical Society and the Coalition to Save Georgia Archives was interviewed in a WABE story on the new.

Chris Davidson, Director of the Georgia Archives, release the following information about the appointment system:

“The Archives began yesterday afternoon making appointments with researchers for November.  To make an appointment, contact me by phone or email and pick the type, day, and time of an appointment.  Researchers will be limited to one appointment per month.  For a list of appointment choices, go to:

Some additional links covering the story:

Update on the Georgia Archives from FOGAH

After much deliberation and talking with many different people, on October 11, 2012, I signed, as President of the Friends of the Georgia Archives and History (FOGAH), a contract with the legislative affairs consulting firm Joe Tanner & Associates, Inc.  The contact is $3,000 a month for six months.

As you know the Archives budget has been severely cut for the past several years.  Although the Coalition to Save the Archives has worked tirelessly to restore some or all of the funding, we have had very limited success.  The latest cut which resulted in the decision to close the Archives to the public made us realize that a more organized approach must be taken.  The legislative and budget process is very complex and requires very specialized expertise and the ability to contact the appropriate legislators and budget officials.  The FOGAH Board of Directors believes Joe Tanner & Associates, Inc.  is the perfect firm to assist us.

Very shortly, we will share the entire work plan with all of you because all of you will be asked to assist.  One of the first tasks is to identify individuals who live in each house and senate district in Georgia.  We will be asking those individuals to make contact with each legislator after specialized training and talking points have been given to you by Joe Tanner & Associates, Inc.  Our goal is to work with the Governor and the General Assembly to put the Georgia Archives on more stable financial footing for years to come. 

You can also assist by making a donation to FOGAH that is designated to the “Consultant Fund”.   This $3,000 a month is an expense that was not anticipated and is not covered by our current budget.  You can make the donation by sending a check to FOGAH, 5800 Jonesboro Road, Morrow GA 30260 or by using PayPal on the FOGAH web site,

Thank you in advance for your assistance in saving our Archives.

Dianne Cannestra

Items Needed: 2012 SGA Scholarship Auction

It’s time for the Annual SGA Scholarship Auction! Each year the Scholarship Committee sponsors the auction to raise funds for the four scholarships offered by SGA. This year’s auction will be part silent and part live auction, with the silent auction opening at noon on Thursday and ending that evening at the conclusion of the live auction so that everyone will have a chance to bid on something!
Each year members and institutions from around the state donate wonderful items to be auctioned off and we hope this year will be no different. We need your donations to continue supporting the professional development of archivists and students from Georgia. We hope that each of you will consider donating to this wonderful event!
If you have any questions about the auction or would like to donate an item to be auctioned, please contact Scholarship Chair Allison Galloup either by email at or by phone at (404) 978-2133.

Rally Round-Up

Thank you to everyone who showed their support for the Georgia Archives by attending the rally today at the State Capitol!

There was a wonderful turnout, with archivists, genealogists, historians, students and other well-wishers in attendance.

Speakers included Dianne Cannestra of the Friends of Georgia Archives and History, former U.S. Attorney/Congressman Bob Barr, UGA historian James Cobb, Emma Davis-Hamilton of the African-American Genealogical Society, Senator Gail Davenport, Representative Debbie Buckner, and Kaye Minchew of the Troup County Archives and the Coalition to Preserve the Georgia Archives.

A surprise(d) speaker was Mayor J.B. Burke of Morrow, who gave impassioned comments about the importance of the Georgia Archives to Morrow, Clayton County and the State.

Press was well-represented, and coverage of the rally has already appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Kudos to the speakers, organizers and attendees!

You can share your photos or reflections on the event in the SGA newsletter. Send submissions to Joshua Kitchens by October 12, 2012 at