With its near collapse averted in October, the Georgia Archives still faces a perilous transition next year with likely new bosses but the same old budget crunch.
That outlook comes as the state Legislature must still approve a proposal by Gov. Nathan Deal to cut the archives’ ties to the Secretary of State’s Office and allow the University System of Georgia to take over its management.
We’re fairly nervous,” said Dianne Cannestra, president of the Friends of Georgia Archives and History, which has spearheaded lobbying efforts heading into the next legislative session, which starts Jan. 14.
The group is trying to recruit volunteers so that every legislator will receive at least one visit by a constituent to support the archives’ move to the University System as well as greater state funding for it. Among their calling cards are notes about how the archives is used, including research for film and television shows. Among those who have visited are film director Spike Lee and Savannah’s own Paula Deen.
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