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From: "Elissa Scalise Powell, CG" <>
Subject: [TGF] FW: [FGS-Delegate-Digest] Preserving the American HistoricalRecord Act
Date: Fri, 9 May 2008 11:37:39 -0400

Since many of you are interested in what is going on in records preservation
and how you can help, here is one such email.

-- Elissa in Pittsburgh

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG

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Sent: Friday, May 09, 2008 11:30 AM
Subject: [FGS-Delegate-Digest] Preserving the American Historical Record Act


Please read immediately as this notice is being sent very late - our
apologies. You help is requested.


Two years ago I served on a panel to study and analyze the current
conditions of records preservation at the state and local level. One of the
initiatives resulting from the State Archivists' study, is a new bill in the
House of Representatives requesting an additional $50 million annually to
increase federal support for state and local archival records held by
government agencies, historical societies, libraries and related
organizations. If approved, the funds will be distributed by the National
Archives and each state will receive a portion of these funds for
redistribution to organizations within its borders. The Preserving American
Historical Records (PAHR) bill is being sponsored by Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)
and Chris Cannon (R-UT) and this week they are asking other members of
Congress to join in the sponsorship of this bill.

Now you can become involved in helping preserve local and state archival
records. Please contact your representative in the House by 10 May and ask
him/her to sign on to the sponsorship of PAHR "The Preserving American
Historical Records Act." Let your representative know how important access
to state and local archival records are to you.

NGS will keep you advised of the progress of this bill over the coming
months. We will ask you to contact your representatives again before the
bill comes to a vote. You will find more details about PAHR at the Records
Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) website at

RPAC, which is a joint committee of FGS and NGS, has been working on a
brochure on records access and preservation which should be available for
distribution this summer for you to send to your representatives in
Congress. NGS will let you know when the brochure is available.

You can also find more details about the Preserving American Historical
Records Act on the PAHR page of the Society of American Archivists website:

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