Improved Care of Legislative Records

Although many records documenting legislation from the 1800s and early 1900s had been lost forever to careless handling and the 1935 Capitol fire, steps were taken to systematically improve future record keeping. Some legislative committees had begun keeping minutes in the 1930s. However, the movement to create the State Archives spurred a more widespread realization of the historical value of legislative records. By 1949 most committees were keeping minutes. The Legislative Assembly adopted resolutions in 1955 requiring the preservation of minutes. Senate Resolution 15 from 1955 went so far as to require them to be deposited with the State Archives.11

The 1961 Legislative Assembly further developed the practice by requiring that legislative records be delivered to the State Archives for permanent retention.12 Subsequently, records transferred to State Archives custody included original bill files; floor and committee audio tapes; and committee minutes, exhibits, and audio tape logs.

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