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March 18, 2011 / Council of State Archivists

Rescuing Records Manuals

With MayDay: Saving our Archives fast approaching, now’s the time to consider purchasing CoSA’s Rescuing Records Manuals.

Rescuing Family Records: A Disaster Planning Guide
To help families prepare for potential disaster, the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) published Rescuing Family Records: A Disaster Planning Guide, in September 2007. In April 2009 we released the 2nd edition.

This practical manual describes the records that protect a family’s finances, health, civil rights, and family history. Some, such as deeds and mortgages, may be obvious to readers, but others, such as leases, proof of intellectual property, and certain tax records, are easily forgotten in the moment of crisis. The manual prompts readers to think through all the records that may help their family survive disaster and return to normal afterwards.

The 24-page manual is available for $10, plus $3 postage and handling, from the Council of State Archivists. Or you can order an electronic download through for $7.50.

Rescuing Business Records: A Disaster Planning Guide for Small Business
This 34-page manual details the records that will help a small business survive a disaster and rebuild in the aftermath and is available through as an electronic download for $10 or in hard copy for $22.50 plus shipping. Order the hard copy now through March 21, 2011 and receive free shipping, use coupon code: GROUND305.

Or save money by buying both manuals as a 2-pack electronic download for $15 through

The author of both manuals, David Carmicheal, is Director of the Georgia Archives and led CoSA’s nationwide effort to better protect essential records after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Proceeds are used to support CoSA’s ongoing Emergency Preparedness Initiative


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  1. Vicki Walch / Mar 23 2011 12:19 PM

    Tell us how you’re using the manuals. For your own use? As a basis for workshops?

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