In the past, some official records have made their way into collections of local historical societies, local museums and family papers. Thankfully, this has meant that these valuable records have survived and been preserved, rather than being destroyed and lost to future researchers.
Today, one of State Records' core legislative responsibilities is ensuring that official records are no longer placed at risk of becoming 'estrays', either now or in the future. We have the unique role of ensuring that official records are safeguarded, as well as preserving and providing access to the State's official archives.
From time to time this role involves receiving or recovering important estrays from private organisations or persons. Many estrays are donated to State Records and these generous acts are greatly appreciated as they ensure that important records are included in the State archives collection. The return of important records to official custody will ensure that they are accessible to all citizens and are preserved in appropriate, climate controlled conditions for future generations.
So if you or your organisation is ever approached about taking official government records into your possession we would like to hear from you. Or if you already have official records in your possession or held by your organisation and would like to donate them, please contact us on (02) 8247 8626 or email email@example.com.
Manager, Government Recordkeeping
State Records NSW
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|Publication:||Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Dec 1, 2004|
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