Pennsylvania to Move the State’s Archives in Harrisburg

Planning is underway to move the Pennsylvania State Archives – just days after the state announced its building a new facility in Harrisburg. The state says the $24 million facility will help meet the needs of a digital world.

State Archivist David Carmichael says the process to preserve paper archives is pretty straightforward: control the environment where it’s stored.

“But when you give me a digital record to preserve, think about putting it on the shelf and coming back in a hundred years. The hardware has changed incredibly, the software to read it has changed. And so we have many different formats of records that we are going to have to preserve for hundreds of years, and that is a great, great challenge.”

You can read more in an article by Ben Allen in the WITF web site at: http://goo.gl/nVBnzo.

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The State Archives are already located in Harrisburg. The headline makes it sound like it’s someplace else and moving to Harrisburg! Just moving to a new building, from North 3rd St. to 6th St.

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It reads moves “in” Harrisburg, not “to” Harrisburg.

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    It is true, even here in our home we have two or three different programs from when we first started keeping a computer family record. They had some space problems, and I still have the smaller disks the material was kept on from an old computer. On any new computer with more space I changed to an updated program, to keep more information over the years with different external ways to save it, ie:
    USBs. Tried to bring over some information from the big flat discs early on and from the smaller ones fairly successful but again old programs had to be loaded, some not compatible. It began to be a problem for sure. So I hear what he is saying about digital information.

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    Yes, it does now, it’s been reworded. Originally it said “to” Harrisburg. Here’s the email notification I got, in part:
    Subject: [New post] Pennsylvania to Move the State’s Archives to Harrisburg
    Pennsylvania to Move the State’s Archives to Harrisburg
    by Dick Eastman
    Planning is underway to move the Pennsylvania State Archives – just days after the state announced its building a new facility in Harrisburg. The state says the $24 million facility will help meet the needs of a digital world.
    State Archivist David Carmichael says the process to preserve paper archives is pretty straightforward: control the environment where it’s stored.
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Reblogged this on familytreegirldotcom and commented:
Oh I didn’t know there was a move going on. Thanks to Dick Eastman’s blog. My great great grandfather was born in PA born about 1818 and he died in 1881.

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This is important for the State, to be sure. But the other important part of this announcement is that the archival materials pertaining to the city of Harrisburg will also be moving from deplorable storage in the City Center, to the PA Archives, where they will be properly taken care of, and made available to the public again. Before these materials were taken away from the public (due to budget issues) I made my big breakthrough in my paternal line by obtaining a Death Certificate for my 2nd great grandmother that was issued by the city Sanitation Department. These records have been inaccessible for at least 20 years.

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Linda Sherman Stienstra April 29, 2016 at 10:37 am

I live in Pennsylvania and I’m excited to see my tax dollars going somewhere that makes sense. Hopefully it will be done before my demise.

Linda Sherman Stienstra
Lancaster, PA

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Just think of the problem the federal government has. They continuously converting old data to a new format
Graphics are fairly straight forward. Some data files are reasonably easy, text, but others can be a problem.
No mater what the problems you need a backup or copy of all old records. Think of what the US Censs lost in the fire about 1920.

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