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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Oct 15

Electronic Records Day!

Posted on October 15, 2021 at 10:27 AM by Melissa Dalton

Happy Belated Electronic Records Day! 

Electronic Records Day was October 10, 2021 and is sponsored by the Council of State Archivists and is a day to remind everyone of the importance of managing their electronic records, such as email, social media, text messages, and other electronic files.

Do you have electronic records in your department that you are required to keep longer than 10 years? If so, what precautions have you taken to ensure that they will be accessible 10, 20, or even 100 years from now? If you think that just scanning and storing records on CDs will solve all of your preservation issues… think again! The lifespan of data on a CD is usually only 5-10 years so you need to make sure that you have another plan for long-term preservation. Just as you do with your paper records, you should have a plan for ensuring  that your electronic records with long-term retention, will be accessible as required by the Ohio Revised Code.

Please see the attached document, created by the Council of State Archivists, regarding the importance of having an electronic preservation system in place for records with a long-term retention period.

Electronic Records Day (JPG)


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