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Archives Advisory Board (AAB)
An Invitation to Participate
The Board reviews proposed records retention schedules and related policy issues for both Maine state government and local governments, including municipalities, counties, schools, and special districts. Schedules legally define the "life" of official records: how long they are kept in the originating office, whether they are later stored in the State Records Center, and whether they will finally be destroyed or be kept permanently.
These decisions have an important impact on the public's "right-to-know" about, and copy, public records. How long should certain environmental data be kept? Should records of bridge construction and design be destroyed before the bridge itself is demolished?
It is against the law to sell or give away government records. Nor may they be destroyed without authorization.
While the voluntary Archives Advisory Board represents a broad area of interests and backgrounds, additional advice is alway welcome, and may strengthen our final decisions.
If you would like a copy of our next agenda, wish to comment or attend the next meeting of the Board, please contact Tammy Marks, Director of Records Management Services, Maine State Archives, 84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333.
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