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Salem turning mayor’s court records over to Historical Society

April 24, 2013

SALEM — Salem Mayor’s Court criminal dockets dating back to 1879 and continuing through 1960 will get a new home with the Salem Historical Society....

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Apr-24-13 9:07 AM

While I commend the city for saving these records, will they still be available to the public. Most things I have seen go to historical societies get to be deemed as property of the society and without a membership they are no longer available to the public, and even with a membership, times of availability are sometimes non-existent. Let us hope they scan them and place them on line, a big project, but all the whatyoudoisers can get it done.

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Apr-24-13 6:01 PM

STofit, are you volunteering to help the Historical Society scan the records?

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Apr-24-13 9:51 PM

I would question if it was legal to turn over government records to a private organization?

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Apr-25-13 8:24 AM

My goodness i think there's better things to worry about than records dating back 43 yrs plus.

Probably older than most complaing.

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Apr-25-13 3:23 PM

concerned, it's more than legal, and it is governed by a whole bunch of strict standards and laws, some really harsh ones.

Our local Salem Historical Society's world is about to change. They are going to be under the watchful eye of the Ohio Historical Society and the AG's office.

This is not one of those deals where somebody brings to them an old 1900 postcard and gives it to the SHS for preservation and history....this matter is GOVERNMENT RECORDS that belong to the people.

This is not as easy as everyone thinks. The job and the responsibility our local society has now taken on with those records to ensure the safe guarding and preservation of those records is so strict that it could land somebody in jail if they are mishandled or not preserved according to state laws.

It would be in somebody's best interest to invest in microfilming technology.

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Apr-25-13 4:12 PM

Stofit, trust me, these records still belong to the people and Ohio Sunshine laws guarantee it.

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Apr-25-13 4:43 PM

Watchdog Sounds to me if what you say is true, it might be legal, but maybe not too smart of thing to do. I wonder how they are going to handle it when someone wants a copy of one of those old files? They may be taking on an expense that they were not planning on doing.

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Apr-25-13 6:02 PM

concerned, if our local Salem Historical society is a certified branch off the State of Ohio Historical Society, they don't have choice. They will assume the responsibility under law. It is going to be a big burden on them. This is not a matter of the City taking a bunch of boxes over to the Salem Historical society to shove up in a storage closet somewhere never to be seen again. The Salem Historical Society does not own them. They are the property of the people. They have to make those records available to the public. It is the law. They are going to be spending a lot of time and effort in this matter. No room for error in this process I can assure you.

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Apr-26-13 7:29 AM

agree watchdog

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