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Subject: [LDR] MSA records
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2010 13:04:08 +0000 (UTC)
Good morning all;
After having read the messages about the records that are decaying at our illustrious archives I had to weigh in on this. I have gotten the "original" records from chancery cases for Dorchester County that I needed for research. They had to come from the archives because when the courthouse in Camberidge was remodeled they "took custody" of all of the court records. Now they are packed away with all of the other records that need to be scanned and preserved but never will be. We are fortunate to still h ave access to the probate records here in Dorchester due largely to the fact that the Register of Wills refuses to let them be transfered to Annapolis because she knows that they will never be digitized for public access. I wish someone had done the same with the chancery cases. It never fails when the budget gets tight, the first things to be cut are programs and departments that deal with Archeology and History. When that happens projects never get finished and if and when money gets fluid again they never get the funding back. I know that there are mountains of records that are housed in the archives, but there are also mountains of records in the Library of Congress and the National Archives. They are able to deal with them and I know that someone will write and say that they have other means of fundings.....so why can't we work toward something like that with the State Archives and get these records preserved and made available to the public.