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

What is an Archives?

In movies and television, Hollywood often portrays archives as mysterious buildings filled with dusty shelves and stern archivists who keep people from accessing the records. In reality, archives like the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) are not dusty. Quite the opposite, our records storage rooms are clean and environmentally stable in order to … Continue reading What is an Archives?

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

Preparing for and Cleaning Mold on Paper Records

 If you have ever stepped into your records room and caught the unmistakable scent of mildew or opened a drawer to find a fuzzy film growing there, you know the stress this can cause. You might feel that all hope is lost, but thankfully, you can often salvage moldy documents. A quick, informed response will … Continue reading Preparing for and Cleaning Mold on Paper Records