Getting to Know the Local Government Records Commission

If you have ever enrolled in a public school, checked out a book from the public library, registered your car with the DMV, or received a parking ticket, you have been involved in the creation of local government records. Local records promote government transparency and may have future historical or research significance. The Local Government … Continue reading Getting to Know the Local Government Records Commission

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

Records Disposition Authority: Roadmap for Records Retention

Do you ever wonder why some records are kept for just a couple of years, while other records are kept for decades or even forever? Do you know where to find how long different types must be maintained? Let’s discuss a document that serves as a roadmap for state and local government records retention: the … Continue reading Records Disposition Authority: Roadmap for Records Retention

Preserving Historic Ledgers and Books

Guest Contributor: Keri Hallford, Collections Archivist, Alabama Department of Archives and History Are you considering wrapping books in your agency’s collection? Keeping bound records was once an easy and reliable way to reference important information quickly. In the digital age, however, this method is becoming outmoded, and books often fall into disrepair. As bound records … Continue reading Preserving Historic Ledgers and Books