For the Record’s “Meet the Staff” feature is an opportunity for our archivists to connect directly with the community which we serve. Name: Rachel SmithTitle: Collections ArchivistSpecialties: Government and Electronic Records How did you end up working at the Alabama Department of Archives and History? While I was an undergraduate in history, I pursued opportunities to explore … Continue reading Meet the Staff Feature: Rachel Smith
The Code of Alabama 1975 § 41-13-21 delegates determining the permanency of local government records in Alabama to the Local Government Records Commission (LGRC). The Commission held its second meeting of 2021 in October via a publicly accessible online teleconference. Governor Kay Ivey's August 13, 2021 proclamation permitted commissions to meet and establish a quorum electronically … Continue reading Updates from the Local Government Records Commission: October 4, 2021
February 01, 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
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
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?