The Georgia state archives in Morrow, Ga., will close to the public starting Nov. 1 due to state budget cuts, announced Secretary of State Brian Kemp on Thursday. Staff will be cut as part of the closure.
“To my knowledge, Georgia will be the only state in the country that will not have a central location in which the public can visit to research and review the historical records of their government and state,” Kemp says.
The public will be able to access the archives by appointment, but appointments may be limited. You can read Kemp’s announcement here.
As part of a 3 percent cut ordered across the state government, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal instructed the secretary of state’s office to cut its budget by $732,626 during the remainder of this fiscal year and in the fiscal year starting next July.
“I will fight during this legislative session to have this cut restored so the people will have a place to meet, research, and review the historical records of Georgia,” Kemp says.
You can sign an online petition to stop the closure on Change.org and visit the Georgians Against Closing State Archives Facebook page here.