Government Services October 2009 report

It’s been a busy month for the Local Government Records (LGR) Program!   The fall CARMA meeting was a success although fewer members were able to make it than normal due to crunched budgets in their counties.  Attendees enjoyed a tour of the Muskingum County Records Center, sparking conversation about records preservation, and how Ohio replevin law allows local governments to reclaim their lost or stolen public records.  We heard updates from the State Archives, the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board, and the Ohio Electronic Records Committee, all organizations whose work relates to county archives and records.  There were animated discussions about the Civil War Sesquicentennial, the use of webinar technology for LGR records management workshops, and CARMA’s role in advocating for county records management in the state. 

 Also, the LGR Archivist is currently facilitating a transfer of court records from Pickaway County government to the Pickaway County and Historical Genealogical Library in Circleville.  She is also working with a staff member at Sauder Village on the transfer of records from German Township, Wood County, to the Bowling Green State University’s Center for Archival Collections, the ONAHR Center for the northwest region of Ohio. 

 A State Archives staff member, along with other Collections Division colleagues, participated in disaster recovery effort at Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor into the night on October 16th.  A flood occurred on the first floor of the museum, and it affected the basement of the building where history and archival materials are housed.  In particular, blue prints of Mahoning valley steel refractories were removed from the basement to be air-dried and housed safely in the archives.  Thanks to the quick response and hard work of both site and OHS staff, very few history objects and no archival records were damaged.   

 State Archives staff this month transferred 25 cubic feet of appointment files from Governor Strickland’s Office.  These appointments were made by Governor Taft to various state boards and commissions and these records will be processed and cataloged by State Archives staff.  Since January 2007 State Archives staff has made 55 record series totaling more than 860 cubic feet of Governor Taft’s records available to researchers.  For more information on the records of Governor Taft’s Administration, including links to the series’ finding aids, please visit the Ohio Historical Society’s Online Collection Catalog at http://www.ohiohistory.org/occ/menu.htm.  

 In October State Archives staff also transferred Ohio Attorney General records pertaining to the boundary dispute between Ohio and Kentucky that was settled by the United States Supreme Court in 1980.  The Supreme Court ruled that the boundary between the two states was the low-water mark on the northern side of the Ohio River as it was in 1792 when Kentucky became a state.  The Commonwealth of Kentucky had argued that the boundary was the low-water mark on the northern side as it existed in 1980.  Included in the records are research material, copies of court documents such as transcripts, briefs, and opinions, and photographs and maps.

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