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Current Issues and Advocacy

Learn about current legislation, initiatives, and advocacy efforts for New York State’s historical records communities.

Preserving the American Historical Record (PAHR) is a bill (HR 2256) introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in May 2009 that seeks to provide federal formula-based grants to every state for projects that preserve historical records and make them more accessible. The funds would be used for statewide projects and for redistribution to local governments, historical societies, library historical collections, universities, and other organizations to ensure essential care of and improved access to documents and historical records in many forms, from paper to electronic media.

Council of State Archivist (CoSA)

  • Issues such as the proposed federal legislation for grants, digital access partnerships, and online sale of public records
  • Current projects including emergency preparedness training and survey of state archives

New York Legislative Directory

Museum Association of New York offers a number of tools including:

New York Library Association provides advocacy tools that are beneficial for libraries and other not-for-profits to influence legislators in supporting NYS budget initiatives.

Society of American Archivists (SSA) - Professional Issues and Advocacy draws attention to SAA initiatives that advocate on behalf of archives and archivists. It includes information on the Preserving the American Historical Record (PAHR) bill described above.