12 September 2010

GA Archive Hours Reduction

     I have to be honest, I have yet to make it to the Georgia Archive, which is about 2 or 3 hours from home, depending on (horrible) Atlanta traffic. I spend too much time researching online and not enough getting out to 'real world' repositories. Actually, I plan to take off a week of vacation at the same time as the ATL family history expo to do extended genealogy research. I hope to make a trip to the Archive, maybe stay overnight to take advantage of their somewhat limited hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 8:30 am - 5 pm.

     Well, I'll have to plan a bit more carefully now, as the hours at the Georgia Archive are changing.  Now, instead of being closed two days a week, they will be closed for four days and open only for three.  Here's the notice they posted online:
"Effective October 1, 2010 the hours available for public visitation to the Georgia Archives will change to Thursday through Saturday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. This is an unfortunate action we must take to meet the difficult budget environment facing all State Agencies.
With the reduction in public hours the Archives staff will now be deployed to fulfill different functions on different days. When the Archives is open to the public, most or all employees will serve the public in the Reference Room. When the Archives is closed to the public, most or all of the employees will work with state agencies to bring records into the Archives, catalog them, and shelve them. To provide better and timelier service for research requests outside the core duties of the State Archives, i.e. genealogy requests, a list of other sources of information can be provided. In this way the Archives will maintain its critical functions with reduced staffing."
The Georgia Archives identifies and preserves Georgia's most valuable historical documents. Whether you love history, or simply want to know how we serve the citizens of Georgia, we invite you to explore our web site or visit us in the City of Morrow, located just south of Atlanta. We look forward to serving you!

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