Monday, March 12, 2012

Preserve NYC Municipal Archives independence

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: Thanks to Marie Varrelman Melchiori, CG, CGL for bringing this to my attention. 

From: Terry Koch-Bostic
Sent: Mon, Mar 12, 2012 4:42 pm
Subject: Urgent: Please sign to preserve NYC Municipal Archives independence
Dear All:

Next week I will be attending a meeting at the Mayor's office with a small committee of archivists, genealogists and local historians at the request of Gale Brewer, Chair of the Committee for Governmental Affairs on the NYC Council.  The issue of whether DORIS, the agency that manages the Municipal Archives and the mayoral records, should be merged with DCAS, a mega sized administrative agency, will  be discussed.  The mayor and his office are still pushing for the merger.  Archival, genealogical and historical groups are still working to stop this merger as we see no benefit and a great deal of potential for endangering record access and preservation of NYC's records that are important to family, community, city and mayoral history. Gale Brewer and many of her committee members agree that this merger should not take place.  But we need your voices and your help too.  Please sign the petition by using the link directly below. Also below, you will see the statement you will be supporting by signing. 

 We, the undersigned, are opposed to this legislation (Int. 486-2011), which would significantly downgrade the authority of the Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS) within City government and potentially put at risk its ability to preserve, protect and make accessible the intellectual legacy of one of the world’s greatest cities.

We are also asking that you forward this to researchers and fellow members of historical and genealogical societies and universities all over the US.  This merger will impact anyone interested in NYC record access and preservation, no matter where they live. For additional information, click on this link:

About 1500 people have already signed from a number of different organizations and universities and as private individuals.  We need more signatures and as quickly as possible before this legislation is passed. We need support for the preservation of DORIS as an autonomous records agency with the funding and professional respect it deserves, to allow our own and future generations, to have access to the records that tell all the stories that make up the fabric of this great city. 


Terry Koch-Bostic
Chapter Representative
NY Metro Chapter
Association of Professional Genealogists

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