Annual Reports

The Records Management Section is a unit within the Archives Division of the Alabama Department of Archives and History whose role entails distilling complex archival theory into clear policies and actionable guidance for government agencies. We perform this work as support staff for the Local Government Records Commission (LGRC) and the State Records Commission (SRC). Under the auspices of these bodies, our primary duties include developing records management policies, composing and updating Records Disposition Authorities (RDAs), transmitting permanent government records to the ADAH collection, sanctioning records destruction activities, operating the State Records Center, providing records management training for state and local government officials, documenting compliance, coordinating the Commissions' agendas, and implementing the Commissions' decisions.

Managing Local Records in Alabama

This booklet introduces government employees' responsibilities regarding maintaining and disposing of government records, including delineating the sections of the Code of Alabama that apply to government records and their management.

Assessing Alabama's Archives

In 1985, the Alabama Historical Records Advisory Board managed Alabama's Assessment Project. As mentioned in the summary, local government records are important because they not only protect our personal, political, and property rights, but also document the history of the state's cities and towns, neighborhoods, families, and individuals. To ensure the preservation of these vital records, the Advisory Board recommended that a concerted statewide effort was needed for the administration, identification, preservation, and use of Alabama's local government historical records - an effort that emphasizes the responsibility of local government officials.