Georgia Archives expanding to five-day operations week July 15

ATLANTA — The Georgia Archives will return to a five-day operating week next month for the first time in several years, the University System of Georgia announced Wednesday.

The Morrow-based archives will begin opening to the public on Tuesdays July 15. It will mark the first time in about five years that the facility charged with preserving the state’s records has been open to the public five days a week.

The archives went through a period of repeated cuts in operations in recent years as the state went through round after round of budget cuts. Two years ago, it faced the prospect of being closed to walk-in traffic all together by the Secretary of State’s office.

A public outcry led Gov. Nathan Deal and state legislators to transfer control of the archives from Secretary of State Brian Kemp to the university system in an attempt to keep it open to the public. The transfer came about last year with an expansion of operations and the restoration of a four-day operating schedule.

Georgia officials allocated additional funding to the archives earlier this year through the fiscal year 2015 state budget. That additional funding allowed it to expand operations to five days.

Once the new schedule goes into effect, the state archives will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.