A Guide to the Library of Virginia, Office of the State Archivist, Public Records Act Files, 1939-2006 (bulk 1996-2006) Library of Virginia, Office of the State Archivist, Public Records Act Files, 1939-2006 (bulk 1996-2006) 43594

A Guide to the Library of Virginia, Office of the State Archivist, Public Records Act Files, 1939-2006 (bulk 1996-2006)

A Collection in
the Library of Virginia
Accession Number 43594


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Processed by: Jessie R. Robinson

Repository
The Library of Virginia
Accession Number
43594
Title
Library of Virginia, Office of the State Archivist, Public Records Act Files, 1939-2006 (bulk 1996-2006)
Extent
2 cubic feet (6 boxes)
Collector
Library of Virginia, Office of the State Archivist
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Library of Virginia, Office of the State Archivist, Public Records Act Files, 1939-2006 (bulk 1996-2006). Accession 43594, State government records collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

Transferred by Conley Edwards, State Archivist, Library of Virginia, 800 E. Broad St., Richmond, Virginia, 23219, 2 January 2008.

Processing Information

This collection has been processed using minimal processing standards: the original arrangement has been maintained, and the container list is brief and simple. While the records were refoldered, the fasteners were not removed.

Dates of record creation: 1939-2006 (earliest dates are due to photocopied journal articles included in the files).

Dates of record-keeping activity: 1996-2006.


Biographical/Historical Information

For many years, The Library of Virginia had no definitive home. Valuable early records were kept at Jamestown as early as 1676 and were then moved to the College of William and Mary for a brief period at the century's end. By 1780, extant records were moved to the Capitol in Richmond. Coincidentally, in 1779, the Virginia General Assembly was presented among its legislation, "A Bill for Establishing a Public Library" drawn up by Thomas Jefferson. The bill provided for 2000 pounds yearly to be expended to maintain a State Library in Richmond. The facility was to be a reference library only without books being lent for home use. Perhaps ahead of its time, the bill failed to pass.

The Virginia State Library was created by an act passed by the General Assembly on January 23, 1823, to establish a public library with funds derived from the sale of William W. Hening's "The Statutes at Large." From 1823 to 1828, the Library was under the control of the governor and council. In 1828, the General Assembly created a joint committee on the library (located in a room in the southeastern corner of the Capitol) to oversee its administration. Use of the State Library was restricted to members of the state government in a policy that continued until at least 1856. The Secretary of the Commonwealth served ex officio as state librarian from 1832 to 1903.

On May 15, 1903, the General Assembly passed an act that created a library board to administer the library, authorized the deposit of public records in the library, provided for the publication of historical records by the library, and established a library fund for the purchase of books and private papers. The Library Board, which was responsible for naming the State Librarian, was itself appointed by the Board of Education. The General Assembly passed an act on March 29, 1944, transferring the power to appoint the Library Board to the governor.

The new facility was quickly found to be inadequate and efforts were made both in 1910 and 1920 to construct a proper building for the State Library and its collections. Ground was broken for the current facility on December 7, 1938. At last, on December 23, 1940, the newly completed Virginia State Library was opened to the public. In early 1987 the Virginia State Library was renamed the Virginia State Library and Archives, in an attempt to more adequately reflect its mission and purpose. On July 1, 1994 the name was changed to The Library of Virginia, and in 1996 the current facility opened to the public. The Library of Virginia serves as a general reference and research library, as the official repository of state archives and publications, and as a repository of state and federal documents. It provides assistance and advice to libraries around the state, and it administers state and federal library funds.

The Archival and Records Management Services division of the library, headed by the State Archivist, administers the state records management program, arranges and describes records deposited in the library, and provides assistance and advice to state and local government agencies concerning the management of their records. The division also publishes an annual accession report showing the Library of Virginia's most recent records and manuscript acquisitions.

The Virginia Public Records Act can be found in the Code of Virginia (42.1-76). With this legislation the General Assembly intends to "establish a single body of law applicable to all public officers and employees on the subject of public records management and preservation and to ensure that the procedures used to manage and preserve public records will be uniform throughout the Commonwealth." As stated previously, the Archival and Records Management Services division of the Library of Virginia plays an integral role in the development of these policies and procedures.

Scope and Content

Contains files related to the Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) including journal articles, printed electronic mail and listserv posts, legislative information, reports, surveys, meeting and committee material, and memoranda. The state-by-state survey of records management programs was conducted by records analyst Grace Lessner for use in a master's thesis. Her results were used as research material by her superiors to demonstrate the similarities and differences in records management practices throughout the United States. Also documented in this collection are the legislative processes involved in making changes to the Virginia Public Records Act. The records were originally created and collected by Preston Huff, State Records Administrator and his successor, Robert Nawrocki. The records were eventually passed on and added to by Conley Edwards, State Archivist, when his position absorbed the duties of the State Records Administrator in 2005.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged as one series. The files have been maintained in their original order with original folder titles. There is no alphabetical or chronological system of arrangement.


Contents List

Series I. Public Records Act Files, 1939-2006 (bulk 1996-2006).
Boxes: 1-6.
  • Box 1
    Folder 1
    Team 10, 1996-1999.
  • Box 1
    Folder 2
    Team 10, 1996-1999.
  • Box 1
    Folder 3
    Miscellaneous, 2001-2002.
  • Box 1
    Folder 4
    Miscellaneous, 2001-2002.
  • Box 1
    Folder 5
    Public Records Law Material, 1999-2000.
  • Box 1
    Folder 6
    Virginia Public Records Act, 1996-1999.
  • Box 1
    Folder 7
    Alabama, 1997-1998.
  • Box 1
    Folder 8
    Alaska, 1998.
  • Box 1
    Folder 9
    Arizona, 1998.
  • Box 1
    Folder 10
    Arkansas, 1998.
  • Box 1
    Folder 11
    California, 1998.
  • Box 1
    Folder 12
    Delaware, 1997-1998.
  • Box 1
    Folder 13
    Florida, 1998.
  • Box 1
    Folder 14
    Georgia, 1998.
  • Box 1
    Folder 15
    Hawaii, 1998.
  • Box 1
    Folder 16
    Idaho, 1998.
  • Box 1
    Folder 17
    Illinois, 1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 1
    Indiana, 1997-1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 2
    Iowa, 1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 3
    Kansas, 1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 4
    Kentucky, 1997-1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 5
    Maine, 1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 6
    Maryland, 1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 7
    Massachusetts, 1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 8
    Michigan, 1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 9
    Minnesota, 1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 10
    Missouri, 1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 11
    Montana, 1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 12
    Nebraska, 1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 13
    Nevada, 1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 14
    New Jersey, 1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 15
    New Hampshire, 1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 16
    New Mexico, 1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 17
    New York, 1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 18
    North Carolina, 1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 19
    North Dakota, 1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 20
    Ohio, 1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 21
    Oklahoma, 1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 22
    Oregon, 1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 23
    South Carolina, 1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 24
    South Dakota, 1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 25
    Texas, 1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 26
    Utah, 1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 27
    Vermont, 1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 28
    Virginia, 1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 29
    Washington, 1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 30
    West Virginia, 1998.
  • Box 2
    Folder 31
    Wisconsin, 1998.
  • Box 3
    Folder 1
    Wyoming, 1998.
  • Box 3
    Folder 2
    Correspondence with John McGlennon, 1996-1998.
  • Box 3
    Folder 3
    Contacts, 1997.
  • Box 3
    Folder 4
    Freedom of Information Act, 1997.
  • Box 3
    Folder 5
    Miscellaneous Notes, 1997.
  • Box 3
    Folder 6
    State Historical Records Program Reports, undated.
  • Box 3
    Folder 7
    State Historical Records Program Reports, undated.
  • Box 3
    Folder 8
    Articles, 1939-1997.
  • Box 3
    Folder 9
    Articles, 1939-1997.
  • Box 3
    Folder 10
    Articles, 1939-1997.
  • Box 3
    Folder 11
    Articles of Dubious Use, 1983-1997.
  • Box 3
    Folder 12
    Websites, 1997.
  • Box 3
    Folder 13
    Thesis, 1998.
  • Box 4
    Folder 1
    Questionnaires by State, undated.
  • Box 4
    Folder 2
    Notes, 1998.
  • Box 4
    Folder 3
    Public Records Law Questionnaires, 1998.
  • Box 4
    Folder 4
    Mailing Information, 1997-1998.
  • Box 4
    Folder 5
    Public Records Act Review, 2002-2005.
  • Box 4
    Folder 6
    Public Records Act Review, 2002-2005.
  • Box 4
    Folder 7
    Public Records Act Review, 2002-2005.
  • Box 4
    Folder 8
    Joint Subcommittee Studying the Virginia Public Records Act, HJ Resolution 6, 2004-2005.
  • Box 4
    Folder 9
    Joint Subcommittee Studying the Virginia Public Records Act, HJ Resolution 6, 2004-2005.
  • Box 4
    Folder 10
    House Joint Resolution 6 (Conley Edwards), 2005-2006.
  • Box 4
    Folder 11
    House Joint Resolution 6 (Conley Edwards), 2005-2006.
  • Box 5
    Folder 1
    VPRA Material (Preston Huff), 2002-2004.
  • Box 5
    Folder 2
    VPRA Study Back-up Information, 2003-2004.
  • Box 5
    Folder 3
    House Joint Subcommittee Studying the VPRA, 2005 April.
  • Box 5
    Folder 4
    House Joint Subcommittee Studying the VPRA, 2004 August.
  • Box 5
    Folder 5
    House Joint Subcommittee Studying the VPRA, 2004 November.
  • Box 5
    Folder 6
    VPRA Presentation, 2004.
  • Box 5
    Folder 7
    VPRA, Texas Act (Mary C.), 2004.
  • Box 5
    Folder 8
    VPRA Overhaul, 2001-2002.
  • Box 5
    Folder 9
    VPRA (Grace material), 2002-2004.
  • Box 5
    Folder 10
    State-by-State Report on Permanent Public Access to Electronic Government Information, 2003.
  • Box 5
    Folder 11
    Public Records Act, 2002-2005.
  • Box 5
    Folder 12
    Public Records Act, 2002-2005.
  • Box 6
    Folder 1
    Public Records Act Re-do, 2002.
  • Box 6
    Folder 2
    Loose Miscellaneous Material, 1998-2004.
  • Box 6
    Folder 3
    VPRA Review Committee Meeting Material, 2005.
  • Box 6
    Folder 4
    VPRA Review Committee Meeting Material, 2005 April.