Thursday, February 23, 2017

Action Needed to Support State Archives Funding

Earlier this month, we told you that the funding for building a new Indiana State Archives was in jeopardy and that conditions at the current warehouse site were rapidly deteriorating, with several leaks just in the last month.

Representative Matt Pierce of Bloomington has introduced an amendment  (Amendment 16) to this year's state budget proposal (House Bill 1001) which would include $27.5 million for building a new Indiana State Archives. The money would come from the state's general fund.

We urge everyone to contact Indiana legislators about supporting this amendment (Amendment #16 to HB 1001), which would finally give the state that touts itself as the "Crossroads of America" its first true State Archives.

If you live in Indiana, you can find contact information for your specific representatives at:

If you live outside of Indiana, you can contact the Speaker of the House: Rep. Brian Bosma, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204; phone: (800) 382-9841; e-mail: contact form

If you need some talking points about the importance of a state archives, the Council of State Archivists has an informative pamphlet, "The Importance of State Archives."

Making your voice heard is the most important thing you can do for Indiana's history.
The Indiana State Archives "temporary" building that it's been in for years. It's literally a warehouse.

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