Arizona Secretary of State: AZSOS and UA receive grant to continue digitizing Arizona’s newspapers. “The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records (link is external) (LAPR), in partnership with the University of Arizona, has received a $279,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue digitizing historic newspaper collections. This is the 4th such grant received by LAPR. Since 2008, LAPR digitized approximately 380,000 pages and made them available on both the Library of Congress’ ‘Chronicling America’ site and on the Arizona Digital Historic Newspapers platform (link is external). This new grant adds another 100,000 pages, bringing the total online newspaper collection to nearly half a million pages.”
New from the Georgia Archives: Colonial Conveyances. From this page: “The Colonial Conveyances are the equivalent of property deeds. They are the recorded property transactions between private citizens in the Colony of Georgia. Colonists who received land grants from the Trustees or the Crown could sell or otherwise convey their land or other property to other private citizens. The conveyances consist primarily of property transfers, usually land purchases. Related documents, such as schedules of personal property and marriage agreements, may be recorded along with the conveyance. … The first volume, 1750 – 1761, contains conveyances and other documents recorded during the period when the colony was governed by the Trustees for Establishing the Colony of Georgia, 1732 – 1752. The State of Georgia did not pass a law requiring that deeds be recorded in the county where the property was located until 1785. Deed books for Georgia’s early counties do not begin until 1785-1786, with the exceptions of Liberty and Glynn Counties. Look for Georgia deeds from 1776 to 1785 in Colonial Conveyances.”
ArkLaTex: Abbott Vows to Help Harvey-Impacted Communities with New Website. “With the creation of a commission to rebuild the Lone Star State following Harvey, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a website for communities to access information and resources. According to the governor’s office, ‘RebuildTexas.Today’ was designed to be ‘a real-time information resource for local officials in the communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey.’ The site will have information on state and federal resources available for cities and counties to rebuild infrastructure as well as school and government buildings.”
State Archives of North Carolina: New Veterans Oral History Collection Online. “The Military Collection at the State Archives of North Carolina is excited to announce the launch of the digital Veterans Oral History Collection through the North Carolina Digital Collections. The interviews, conducted since 2015 as audio interviews, are part of the Military Collection’s North Carolina Veterans Oral History Program, whose goal is to capture and provide access to the memories and experiences of the military servicemen and servicewomen from North Carolina, preserving them for the future scholarship.”
Saint Francis University: CSOR Launches Database for Occupational Regulation. “The Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR) at Saint Francis University has launched a national all-encompassing database that will document and track the occupational licensing regulations of thousands of professions across the fifty-states and the District of Columbia. The database is free and openly accessible to the public.”
Arizona: Secretary Reagan unveils new real-time voter registration information tool . “A brand new tool for monitoring the number of Arizona voters in real-time has been released by Secretary of State Michele Reagan. The Voter Stats Dashboard displays registration data allowing users to observe trends by party and county from 2007 to the most recent report. The innovative tool aggregates statistical and demographic data of Arizona’s registered voters by county and forecasts future registration levels of partisan affiliation. The forecast is made to January 2021 and the time series is adjusted to consider yearly seasonality effects.”
University of Colorado Boulder: New state law modernizes Colorado Open Records Act. “While prior to this summer the law allowed for the release of records in a paper format, the new bill requires a requested public record to be provided in the format in which its kept. For example, a Microsoft Excel database of employee names and salary figures may be provided to a requester in a digital and sortable format.” NICE.