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County Records Management and Preservation Grant Program guidelines announced and public comment sought

6/29/01

The Archives and History Section of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History is announcing that the proposed guidelines for the County Records Management and Preservation Grant Program (CRMPGP) are now available for public review and comment.

The grant program will award funds to county governments to develop more uniform, efficient and effective records programs, which will promote the preservation of records of enduring value and continued public access to the records. In addition, the grant program is interested in preservation techniques and reformatting, paying particular attention to efficient and cost-effective methods that apply the best practices and standards available.

Last year, the West Virginia State Legislature established the Records Management and Preservation Board to submit rules to address county record needs. It consists of four members representing county offices, a title lawyer and historical/genealogical researcher appointed by the governor and three state officials serving in an ex officio capacity.

The proposed guidelines are available at county courthouses, local genealogical and historical associations, the Archives and History office at The Cultural Center, 1900 Kanawha Blvd., E., Charleston, W.Va. 25305-0300 and on the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org/history/592rules.html. The deadline for public comment is 5 p.m. on July 25, 2001. For more information about the County Records Management and Preservation Grant Program, contact Fredrick Armstrong, director of archives and history by e-mail at fharmstrong@wvculture.org or call him at (304) 558-0230, ext. 164.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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