A new story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution details the ongoing transition of the Georgia Archives.While the story discusses the ongoing efforts of the Friends of Georgia Archives to raise awareness of the situation with state legislators, it does not mention the recently announced working group that will submit to the legislature a plan of transfer for the Archives to the University System of Georgia.
Read the full story here: http://www.ajc.com/news/news/georgia-archives-supporters-remain-nervous/nTnxX/
A University System of Georgia press release announces the formation of a working group to plan the proposed transfer of the Georgia Archives to the USG.
Read the release here: http://www.usg.edu/news/release/planning_begins_on_transfer_of_state_archives_to_university_system
The working groups includes two SGA members: Toby Graham of UGA and Richard Pearce-Moses of Clayton State. FOGA member Dianne Cannestra is also a member of the group. Overall a very impressive list!
Despite promises from Governor Deal to keep the Georgia Archives open, there is no plan in place for such action. The 7 staff laid off last week received confirmation this week, and planned hours are still restricted to “by appointment only.”
The Friends of Georgia Archives and History continue to take the lead on educating the public on this issue and gathering support. Two rallies are planned for October, one at the Georgia Capitol and one at the Georgia Archives building.
Save the Date: Wed., Oct. 3, noon-1 p.m.
Location: Capitol South Wing (inside)
Location: Georgia Archives, Morrow, GA
From President Marie Force via the SGA list serve:
Quite a day at the Capitol! Almost 100 supporters came out! I think Glenda Anderson wins the prize for longest drive – all the way from Savannah. We were limited to about 20 in the governor’s office for the photo, but thank you everyone for packing his waiting room – and he knew all of you were there.
Let me know if you have personal photos of the event we can share on SGA’s Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/23288207@N04/
Kaye Minchew did a great job for us as she asked the Governor for his support in keeping the Archives open! We handed over your letters of support and the 10,000 petition signatures. We were very pleased the AJC and Clayton County reporters were able to be the governor’s office with us to confirm that he said he will keep the Archives open:
What does the governor mean by “open”?? We need to tell him “open” means public hours and professional archival staff! The governor and your legislators have to hear from their constituents in Georgia that “open” does not mean appointments only with 3 full-time staff to handle the entire state archives operations.
Keep making noise! People are paying attention. To locate your representatives, see http://soga.org/involvement/legislative
It’s time to apply for the 2011 Georgia Archives Institute!
44th Annual Georgia Archives Institute
June 6 – 17, 2011
Designed for beginning archivists, manuscript curators, and librarians, the 44th Georgia Archives Institute will offer general instruction in basic concepts and practices of archival administration and management of traditional and modern documentary materials. The Institute will be held at the Georgia Archives in Morrow, Georgia, 15 miles south of Atlanta.
Dr. Timothy L. Ericson, former Director of Archival Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies, will be the instructor during the first week. Topics will include acquisition, appraisal, arrangement, description, reference, as well as legal and administrative issues. The second week of instruction will begin with training on preservation by Christine Wiseman, Preservation Manager at the Georgia Archives. To link archival theory with real world application, students will also participate in individualized, three-day internships at local archival repositories.
Tuition is $500. Enrollment is limited and the deadline for receipt of application, resume, and $75 application fee (refunded if not admitted to Institute) is March 1, 2011. Tuition does not cover transportation, housing, or meals.
Tuition scholarships are available from the Society of Georgia Archivists, www.soga.org and The Friends of Georgia Archives and History, www.FOGAH.org. Scholarships have earlier deadlines.
Georgia Archives Institute
P.O. Box 279
Morrow, GA 30260-0279
The Georgia Archives is pleased to announce that Documentary Director Ben Loeterman will join them for a Special Edition of Lunch & Learn at the Georgia Archives on Thursday, October 7, from noon to 1 p.m. Please join them to learn about how Mr. Loeterman transforms archival records into “living” documents through film.
His most recent work, The People v. Leo Frank is a 90-minute feature documentary about one of the most complex and compelling criminal cases in American history: the 1913 murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan in an Atlanta pencil factory, and the trial and lynching of her accused killer, Leo Frank. Scholar interviews and major dramatic recreations for The People v. Leo Frank were shot on location in Atlanta.
Lunch & Learn is a free lecture series sponsored by the Friends of Georgia Archives and History. Bring your lunch to enjoy during the lecture. For more information, please call 678-364-3730.
5800 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260