Historians Cry Foul When Albemarle To...

Historians Cry Foul When Albemarle Tosses Records

There are 16 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Jul 18, 2013, titled Historians Cry Foul When Albemarle Tosses Records. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

Local historians are condemning Albemarle County officials for tossing out Depression-era land records they say included important information for historians and genealogy researchers.

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Fred Sanford

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Jul 19, 2013
lots a things them people wanna forget. throwing away dos records make it easier.
GML resident

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Jul 19, 2013
Someone needs to lose their job over that decision.
huck

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Jul 19, 2013
"to conserve space"
Wow, just wow. How can they get away with that excuse?
the real Get Real

Newport News, VA

#4 Jul 19, 2013
Can't rewrite history if the original documents exist...way to go book-burning govies!! I hope historical sociteies will go and scan all the documents they can now before these jack-boot thugs do it again.
Missy

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Jul 19, 2013
To save space, they could've easily thrown out several over-paid County employees (starting with LC). Their office space could've been used to store these important historical documents. What a bunch of idiots--
County Resident

Raleigh, NC

#6 Jul 19, 2013
I agree someone should lose their job. That was inexcusable.
BobH

Midlothian, VA

#7 Jul 19, 2013
Bet you will NEVER find out who gave that order to junk the documents. That person will deny any knowledge of the order or the act of destruction of documents.
JCS

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Jul 19, 2013
The Board should get to the bottom of this historical-records-tossing and find the person responsible for such an irresponsible decision. Catlin, did you give the order? If so, you should lose your job ...
Hmmm

Barboursville, VA

#9 Jul 19, 2013
Interesting
Robert Vernon

Charlottesville, VA

#10 Jul 19, 2013
My June 24th presentation to the Albemarle County Historic Preservation Committee on the destruction of the 'history files' can be downloaded from:

people.virginia.edu/~rwv6ad/CVHR/HistoryFiles...

It is a Powerpoint presentation. If you cannot view it, download viewer:

www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx...
TL in Cville

Midlothian, VA

#11 Jul 19, 2013
I can't believe the Historical Society was not consulted! This destruction of records was truly a poor decision and thoughtlessly carried out.
Gnu

Charlottesville, VA

#12 Jul 19, 2013
Tossed before they would be have to be scanned and digitally archived (Phew! Got out of that chore !). Someone needs to be held accountable for this and fired. What a joke.
MN Archivist Genealogist

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Jul 20, 2013
OUT-rageous!
Ed Critzer

Richmond, VA

#14 Jul 21, 2013
I would just like to know why the Historical Society was not consulted in the first place. but I am really not surprised. The court House has never been much on preservation. One visit to their record room will show you what I mean. The disarray is appalling
Teresa

Charlottesville, VA

#15 Jul 21, 2013
It probably didn't mention Thomas Jefferson in any of the papers! People here think that he was a god and everything he said or did is to be preserved. Reality shows he had a lot of crazy ideas.
Historian

Boones Mill, VA

#16 Jul 22, 2013
Ed Critzer wrote:
I would just like to know why the Historical Society was not consulted in the first place. but I am really not surprised. The court House has never been much on preservation. One visit to their record room will show you what I mean. The disarray is appalling
The records destroyed were not part of the Court House collection. They were County Government documents and thus the County Clerk was not involved.

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