ATLANTA – A Georgia state senator was recently recognized by Friends of Georgia Archives and History for his efforts in the General Assembly to ensure a smooth transition for the Georgia Archives to the University System of Georgia.
Sen. Rick Jeffares, R-Locust Grove, received a plaque for his commitment to making sure the Georgia Archives will remain open to the public and receive proper funding.
“The Georgia Archives are important to preserving Georgia’s unique history and cultural heritage,” Jeffares said in a statement. “Keeping the archives accessible is something that I hope future Georgians will be able to enjoy for generations to come.”
Over the past several years, budget cuts at the Georgia Secretary of State has resulted in diminished public access to the Georgia Archives and a reduction in services – cutting total days of operation down to two and reducing staff to four full-time positions with only a few part-time employees.
During the recent state legislative session, Gov. Nathan Deal and the Georgia General Assembly increased funding. That has allowed the Georgia Archives to remain open to the public four days a week and hire additional staff.
Effective July 1, 2013, the Georgia Archives were transferred to the Board of Regents under the University System of Georgia.