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Thursday, August 15 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
SESSION 204 - By Default or Design: Public Records in Manuscript Repositories and Special Collections

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Manuscript repositories and special collections have sometimes become repositories for public records. With the enactment of replevin legislation in a number of states and the recent recovery of high-profile public documents alienated from public custody, more attention has been focused on public records that reside outside of government repositories. This session examines how two historical societies and a manuscript repository have acquired public records and how those institutions handle the records in their collections. Among the issues discussed: Do they follow the public records statutes? How do they relate to and coordinate with government repositories? What issues do they face as the custodians of public records? Speakers also discuss whether manuscript repositories and special collections should retain public records and be exempt from replevin laws.


Lee Arnold

Senior Director of the Library and Collections, Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Lee Arnold is the Senior Director of the Library and Collections at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. He has been with the society since 1992. He received his Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1988, and a Master of Liberal Arts degree (with a concentration in Archives Management) from Temple University in 2000. Lee is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists. He speaks frequently... Read More →

Peter Blodgett

H. Russell Smith Foundation Curator of Western Historical Manuscript, The Huntington Library

Nancy Lenoil

State Archivist & Chief, Archives Division, California State Archives
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Geoff Wexler

Library Director, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Thursday August 15, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Grand Salon 7/10

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