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January 11, 2011 / Council of State Archivists

Ky. history kept safe in Public Records Division

FRANKFORT — Kentucky’s history in records is tucked safely away in the Public Records Division of the State Department of Libraries and Archives. Barbara Teague, the state archivist, oversees miles of records — 310,000 cubic feet of paper and 220,000 rolls of microfilm and electronic data. The holdings include papers of governors and other state officials, land and election records, court records and other important documents dating to the 1780s, when Kentucky was part of Virginia. “We have one of the largest physical holdings of any state archives in the country,” Teague told The Courier-Journal of Louisville. “We care for records. That’s 100 percent of our job — caring for records and being able to retrieve any one of them when it is needed.” [link to whole article]

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