Municipal governments provide the infrastructure for our
communities. They pave the streets, operate utilities, run
the schools, control annexation, approve building construction,
manage cemeteries, pass local laws, and provide fire and police
protection. Municipal records describe communities and provides
the evidence that allows one to understand what makes one community
different from another. This is what makes these records valuable
for scholars, sociologists, and local historians.
The state archives section of the Library/Archives endeavors
to assist municipal governments in safeguarding their records.
Unfortunately, municipal records are not always very voluminous
so shortages in storage space is not a pressing need. The greater
risk is that this small quantity of records can become displaced,
destroyed, discarded, or not appreciated for its value. Efforts
to inform local officials of the importance of their records
has resulted in the acquisition of many records by the archives.
For more information on archives holdings or to
order a search for a specific record, contact the Library Archives
for Municipal Records
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