Preserving the American Historical Record

This in from the LAORLEAN mailing list:


The House of Representative will be voting on this July 10th. Those
who want to support this will have that opportunity by following the
link in the note from NGS.-- Join the Act: Preserving the American
Historical Record Act by Jan Alpert, NGS PresidentFor the last
several weeks the evening news has been full of pictures of the
flooded Midwest. One can only imagine the number of historical
records that have been lost just in the month of June. After Katrina
hit New Orleans and the Gulf coast, the State Archivists began to
formulate a strategy that would help state and local governments
preserve their historical records.Preserving the American Historical
Record Act (PAHR) is the joint effort of three institutions: the
Council of State Archivists, The Society of American Archivists, and
the National Association of Government Archives and Records
Administrators. U. S. House of Representatives Bill 6056, was
introduced in May 2008, sponsored by Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) and
Chris Cannon (R-UT).HR 6056 is requesting an additional $50 million
a year for preservation and use of historical records at the state
and local level, including records held by government agencies,
historical societies, and libraries. Possible uses of the funds
include archival finding aids, indexing, and imaging records online.
It also includes money for historical preservation and disaster
preparedness and recovery. The bill proposes that the National
Archives will distribute the funds, using a population-based
formula. There is much more information available about PAHR at ;
a genealogist, you can help support PAHR in several ways. First,
write your Congressional representative and tell him or her that you
support PAHR. A sample letter is posted on the web
; as well as a list of all the
Congressional Representatives with their mailing addresses and fax
numbers. The web site also lists the members of the House who sit on
key committees. These are the people who can help push the bill
through the legislative process.If you are an officer or board
member of a genealogical society, ask your board to endorse HR 6056
"Preserving the American Historical Record Act." The web site ;
includes a "draft resolution" that your genealogical organization
can approve.Then have your society president or secretary forward
your endorsement toKathleen Roe, Chair, Joint Task Force on PAHR, you have
questions, you can email or call Kathleen Roe at 518 473-4254.The
archivists have initiated this ground-breaking legislation. With the
support of the genealogical community, this bill can pass, and we
can make a difference.

Joan Peake
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From PAHR website:


  • PAHR – A copy of the bill.


  • Background Information – A 2-page document that makes the case for supporting the legislation.
  • How Much to Each State? – A PDF document that details the specific amount of funding to your state if the bill is authorized and appropriated at the proposed level of $50 million.
  • Brochure – Use some or all of the ideas presented here when advocating for co-sponsorship or passage of the proposed legislation.
  • Federal Grants – A comparison of federal grants programs to archives and other cultural institutions.


  • Draft Letter – A letter that you can customize and then fax (preferred), email, or send to your members of Congress. During the recess, you could send the letter to the district office.
  • Draft Resolution – Language your organization can use and adapt to endorse PAHR.
  • Sponsors – A list of Members of the House who have agreed to lead and co-sponsor the PAHR bill.
  • Key Members – A list of Members of the House who serve on the committees and subcommittees that will be taking up the legislation.
  • Your Representative – You can find your Representative’s name, address, phone, and fax numbers at


Kathleen Roe, Chair
Joint Task Force on PAHR
Phone: 518-473-4254
Email: kroe [@]




  • Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)
  • Chris Cannon (R-UT)

  • Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
  • Sanford Bishop (D-GA)
  • Joseph Crowley (D-NY)
  • Eliot Engel (D-NY)
  • Baron Hill (D-IN)
  • Steven Israel (D-NY)
  • Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
  • John Lewis (D-GA)
  • Nita Lowey (D-NY)
  • Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)
  • Jim McDermott (D-WA)
  • James McGovern (D-MA)
  • John McHugh (R-NY)
  • Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
  • Edolphus Towns (D-NY)
  • Jim Walsh (R-NY)
  • Peter Welch (D-VT)


  • American Association for State and Local History
  • American Historical Association
  • American Political Science Association
  • Association of Public Historians of New York State
  • Capital Area Archivists (NY)
  • Charleston Archives, Libraries and Museums Council (CALM)
  • Consortium of Iowa Archivists
  • Delaware Valley Archives Group
  • Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
  • History Associates
  • Kentucky Council of Archives
  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference
  • Midwest Archives Conference
  • National Coalition for History
  • New England Archivists
  • Northwest Archivists
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Palmetto Archives, Libraries and Museums Council on Preservation (PALMCOP)
  • Society of California Archivists
  • Society of Florida Archivists
  • Society of Georgia Archivists
  • Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists
  • Society of Southwest Archivists
  • South Carolina Archival Association
  • Southeastern Archives and Records Conference
  • Southern Historical Association
  • The History Channel


About Louisiana Genealogy Admin

I manage several RootsWeb mailing lists and message boards, support Louisiana Cemetery Preservation, am a former Louisiana and Mississippi librarian, have been researching genealogy of my family since 1988, and write and promote several blogs supporting either Louisiana genealogy or Louisiana cemeteries.
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