The state archives section of the Library/Archives plays a critical role in the life cycle of state agency records. The archives, in conjunction with the Records Management Division and each agency, ensures that the important records of state government are identified and kept safely for posterity. Records are considered important if they have historical, administrative, legal, or fiscal value. Sometimes an agency will keep these records in its own office if there is a need to refer to them often. Usually, an agency will deposit in the archives those records that are not required for day-to-day operation. They can be in original paper form or, for those records that are microfilmed, in camera negative form.
The archives has records dating from 1854 to the present. Practically every state agency or commission is represented in our holdings and the volume continues to increase. For more information on archives holdings or to order a search for a specific record, contact the Library Archives Reference Staff.
Finding Aids for State Records
Finding Aids for State Governors Records (requires Acrobat Reader)
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