Clock Tower

Out of the Clock Tower

Hello and welcome to the Greene County Archives' blog, "Out of the Clock Tower".  Please join us as we share information on archival issues, news, special events, and highlights from our collection.

Before the archives program began in Greene County in 1996, permanent records were stored in every conceivable space, in basements, garages, and closets. Usually they were in boxes of various shapes and sizes, although seldom adequately labeled, but occasionally they were just in loose piles of books and papers. Most notable were the old records stuffed into the clock tower of the County Courthouse, where they shared their home with pigeon droppings.

Now, there is a clean, environmentally controlled, well appointed location for the county archives, where our historical records are housed in standard sized boxes on steel shelves. We have taken note of their journey in the name for our blog.

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May 18

Thoughts of a Greene County Intern

Posted on May 18, 2017 at 4:36 PM by Jessica Cromer

Brenda Williams, a volunteer-intern is our guest blogger this week. Brenda has been working here at the Archives since mid-April.

Brenda Williams

I have been volunteering at the Greene County Archives since April to gain experience in an archival environment while pursing my Masters of Library Science at San Jose State University’s iSchool. I have worked in the legal field as a paralegal most of my adult life, and I am transitioning into the information profession mid-career. When I first started the program at SJSU, I thought I would focus on law librarianship. As a personal hobby, I work on my family tree and spend a great deal of time researching and writing about communities in Michigan. Being in the MLIS program at SJSU and learning about records management has fueled my interest in the management and preservation of public records. Greene County Archives just seemed like the perfect fit for me professionally and personally.

At the archives, I have been working on organizing and preparing probate files from the 1950s for microfilming. I have enjoyed my experience so far. It’s interesting and fascinating to work with these files. Through this experience I have been fortunate to discover and learn about past residents of Greene County while I gain experience and knowledge about records preservation. Who could ask for more? I consider it a privilege to work with these files every day. There is always something new to learn, and the people who work at the archives have been nothing but helpful and courteous.

I think it is wonderful Greene County even has an archives in the first place. I have researched in areas that do not have one, and I truly appreciate all the services Greene County affords the members of their community and the public. In addition to preparing files for microfilming, I have been afforded the opportunity to talk to residents who come into the archives researching their own family tree or those who need to get a copy of a certified record. I enjoy hearing the stories about their families, and I have learned so much about Greene County’s history in such a short time. I have been introduced to the many collections held at the archives, and it is impressive. On top of all that the staff is extremely competent and very helpful to everyone who steps through the doors. It is refreshing to be a part of a team environment where I can learn so much. On that note, I want to finish by extending my thanks to the Greene County Archives’ staff for such a warm welcome and the opportunity to expand my knowledge about public records.

Thank you Brenda!

Until next time!


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