Updates from the State Records Commission: October 27, 2021

February 1, 2022 The Code of Alabama 1975 § 41-13-21 entrusts the State Records Commission (SRC) with the duty of determining “which government records shall be permanently preserved…and which may be destroyed or otherwise disposed of.” The SRC carries out this essential work during biannual meetings. The Commission's second meeting of 2021 was held in … Continue reading Updates from the State Records Commission: October 27, 2021

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

A Fowl History in Alabama

Turkeys play a surprisingly interesting part in Alabama's history and traditions. The Alabama Photographs and Pictures Collection and Governor Bob Riley Collection highlight a treasure trove of fowl-related history in Alabama. Read on to see some great photos from the collections and learn more about how both wild and domestic turkeys have played a role in Alabamian traditions. Bill … Continue reading A Fowl History in Alabama