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March 14, 2011 / Council of State Archivists

County Public Records Commission

Article originally appeared on www.starhq.com and was written by Steve Burwick.

Jami Awalt, archivist for the Tennessee State Library and Archives, along with Assistant Archivist Wayne Moore, spoke to the Carter County Public Records Commission during its second meeting on Tuesday.

 The commission, which held its inaugural meeting in November, is making plans to determine a location for a permanent archives and to hire a county historian to oversee the records. County Mayor Leon Humphrey said a recent tour of the archives in Sullivan and Hawkins counties was helpful.

 “Hawkins County was very impressive,” said Humphrey. “They’ve organized everything with volunteer help.”

 Awalt agreed, stating that Hawkins County is a great example of how to properly preserve records with few resources available. She pointed out that a lot of preparation can be done while searching for a location, including doing inventory on the records to get an idea of the volume, as well as determining what needs to be marked for disposal.Jami Awalt, archivist for the Tennessee State Library and Archives, along with Assistant Archivist Wayne Moore, spoke to the Carter County Public Records Commission during its second meeting on Tuesday.

 The commission, which held its inaugural meeting in November, is making plans to determine a location for a permanent archives and to hire a county historian to oversee the records. County Mayor Leon Humphrey said a recent tour of the archives in Sullivan and Hawkins counties was helpful.

 “Hawkins County was very impressive,” said Humphrey. “They’ve organized everything with volunteer help.”

 Awalt agreed, stating that Hawkins County is a great example of how to properly preserve records with few resources available. She pointed out that a lot of preparation can be done while searching for a location, including doing inventory on the records to get an idea of the volume, as well as determining what needs to be marked for disposal. [link to full article]

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