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State Archives Timeline

State Archives Timeline | Wisconsin Historical Society

1872

Moses M. Strong suggests the SHSW collect government records

1904

Wisconsin surveyed as part of the Public Archives Commission which suggest the SHSW be given state records

1907

Department heads are authorized to transfer any records older than 5 years to the SHSW

 

1914-1917

Acquires the papers of Wisconsin Civil War Governors

1917-1920

The SHSW publishes Checklist of Public Documents which lists public records collected

1935

Historical Records Survey inventories state, county, and local records

1943

Archives program abandoned due to lack of space

1947

Public Records Law passed

1947

Committee on Public Records established

August 1947

Jesse Boell hired as the first State Archivist

 

1949      

Approval from the Committee on Public Records for microfilming projects for permanent state records

 

1949

Begin collecting local records

1951

Court records added to list of county records which may be transferred

1952

Graduate students hired to work on UW Madison Archives

1953

Agreement between SHSW and University of Wisconsin which placed responsibility for handling the UW Archives and space for storage of UW Archives and State Archives with the SHSW.

1954

UW Archives transferred into UW archives storage area

1955

Responsibility for the approval of records disposal ordnances of city and village governments before they become effective

1957

Public Records Act of 1957

1957

State archives staff was transferred from the WHS to the Bureau of Purchases

1957

Governor added to the Committee on Public Records

8/1/1959

DOA starts a records management program

1959

Jesse Boell resigns as State Archivist

4/1/1960

State Archives staff was transferred back to the WHS

1966

Public records collection totals 21,000 c.f.

1978

Awarded a $53,000 NHPRC grant for a municipal records survey and records manual

 

1980

NHRPC grant to identify and preserve historically important “machine readable” records. The first NHPRC grant to focus on electronic records.

1981

Published Municipal Records Manual

1981

Completed the machine readable records grant

1994

1993 Wisconsin Act 257 creates the Pilot Electronic Records Program (PERP) which states that the WHS will assist agencies in planning the archival management of e records, evaluate options for e record preservation, and submit a plan by 1995

1995

Director Dr. Nicholas Muller suggests the reappraisal of public records to save space

1996-2000

Public Records Project reappraises and reaccessions state government records

2002

State records archivist eliminated

2005-2006

Joint DOA-WHS study committee on public records

2008

State records program expanded to a staff of two as a result of the study committee’s findings

2008-2013

Participated in the Persistent Digital Archives and Library System (PeDALS) project to develop a shared curatorial framework for the preservation of digital public records such as agency publications and court records

2015

Awarded a State Electronic Records grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the granting arm of the National Archives.