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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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Jun 09

Happy International Archives Day!

Posted on June 9, 2017 at 4:49 PM by Jessica Cromer

June 9 is International Archives Day!

While there are national archives days, The International Council on Archives (ICA) made International Archives Day to raise additional awareness of the importance of archives and records and the benefits of preserving them for the access of future generations. June 9th was chosen as the logical day because on this day in 1948, The International Council on Archives was created under UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization). ICA’s 70th anniversary will be next year, and today marks the 10th annual independently celebrated International Archives Day.

“This year’s International Archives Day theme ‘Archives, Citizenship and Interculturalism’ resonates with our ICA mission to encourage and support the development of archives in all countries while respecting cultural diversity.

Through the sharing of experiences, research and archival records management we enrich and strengthen our role as archivists. In supporting accountability, access to records and good governance, we are directly contributing to democracy and the enhancement of citizen’s rights.”
- David Fricker, President of ICA

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As the race against time continues on with the need to preserve historic evidence through records and archives, raising public and institutional awareness is becoming more and more vital. It is up to each individual person, organization, and institution to work with Archivists and Records Managers to help preserve history, or at the very least realize the importance of doing so.

The following are a few resources for more information.


International Archives Day 2017:

ICA International Archives Day Interactive Map:

Ask Archivists Blog:


International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA):

Until next time!


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