In anticipation of SAA's Local Government Records Roundtable meeting in L.A. later this summer, I am looking to obtain copies of sample acquisition/collection policies that are already in place in city or county governments as well as language (state law, state regulations, and/or local ordinances) that grant local governments the authority to recover public records that have been lost to private collectors or that occasionally appear at auction.
If your city or county has such language in place, could you kindly e-mail (off list) or snail-mail that to me?
(And if you're also planning to be at SAA in August, I'd really like to know that as well!)
Thank you, and if you're wondering what this is all about, here is the Roundtable's session description:
Local government archivists manage inactive public records of permanent administrative, legal, evidentiary, informational and historical value to their communities. To what extent, and by what means, can local governments recover, compulsorily or otherwise, public records that are currently held privately? To what extent should local government archivists accept, or seek to acquire, private or commercial material for their communities' archives? Following a brief business session, the Roundtable will participate in a panel-led discussion relative to guidelines for developing an Acquisition Policy that is intended to provide direction for making acquisition decisions and allocating resources in local government archives. Sample policies will be available.
Paul R. Bergeron
229 Main Street
Nashua, NH 03060
List archives at http://lists.ufl.edu/archives/recmgmt-l.html
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