10 Steps to Wrangling Your Records Storage Room

Have you been put in charge of your office or agency’s records and, by extension, the records storage room? This can be an overwhelming experience. You may inherit a space with unmarked boxes, loose materials, ephemera, and decades of records crammed into a tiny space and packed to the ceiling. You’ll need to gain control … Continue reading 10 Steps to Wrangling Your Records Storage Room

Managing Local Records in Alabama Resource Guide

We have a quick quiz for all local government employees! Q1: Do you know what a "Records Disposition Authority (RDA)" is?Q2. Do you know the definition of “retention”?Q3: Did you know that Alabama law requires you to practice appropriate records management? Believe it or not, local government institutions in Alabama are all beholden to the Local … Continue reading Managing Local Records in Alabama Resource Guide

The FY 2020 Annual Report of the ADAH Records Management Section

2020 marked a historic, challenging year for Alabama. Like many other agencies, the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) deployed flexible and creative strategies in response to the obstacles posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ADAH Records Management Section's Annual Report grants readers a detailed perspective into the section’s output, adaptability, and outreach.  The 22-page … Continue reading The FY 2020 Annual Report of the ADAH Records Management Section

Local Government Records Destruction: Avoid Common Errors

When submitting your Local Government Records Destruction Notice to the Alabama Department of Archives and History, avoiding common errors will help the Archives staff process and return your destruction notice more quickly. For detailed instructions on completing a Local Government Records Destruction Notice, please visit our blog titled “Local Government Records Destruction 101.” Use a … Continue reading Local Government Records Destruction: Avoid Common Errors

Local Government Records Destruction 101

Is your local government conducting a basement cleanup project, carrying out its annual destruction activities, or sorting through electronic files? Did you know that you must request authorization from the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) each time you plan to destroy local government records? We have provided step-by-step instructions below to guide you … Continue reading Local Government Records Destruction 101