Clayton State University President Tim Hynes To Head Up Georgia Archives Transition

The following excerpt is from an article posted in the January 3, 2013 edtion of

ATLANTA — A group of academics, historians and librarians will soon put together plans for transferring the Georgia State Archives from the secretary of state’s office to the state’s public university system.

University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby Wednesday announced Clayton State University President Tim Hynes will serve as the panel’s chairman. The group is expected to meet this month.

The transfer is part of a long-term agreement reached by Gov. Nathan Deal and Secretary of State Brian Kemp to keep the research and records facilities open.

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The following excerpt is from an article posted in the January 6, 2012 edition of

Georgia State Archives Supporters Are Still Very Nervous!

With its near collapse averted in October, the Georgia Archives still faces a perilous transition next year with likely new bosses but the same old budget crunch.

That outlook comes as the state Legislature must still approve a proposal by Gov. Nathan Deal to cut the archives’ ties to the Secretary of State’s Office and allow the University System of Georgia to take over its management.

Supporters and staff, meanwhile, are still reeling from attempts to all but close it — even as they try to rally for whatever comes next. They support the management change and are pushing to restore at least $1.15 million in state spending to reopen the archives from two to five days a week.

“We’re fairly nervous,” said Dianne Cannestra, president of the Friends of Georgia Archives and History, which has spearheaded lobbying efforts heading into the next legislative session, which starts Jan. 14.

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Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (, writes daily at, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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