Sunshine Week: Archivist warns state records at risk in digital age
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Brian Burford could find a letter written in 1780 by New Hampshire’s first governor, Meshech Weare, in the state archives in five minutes if you asked him.
But finding correspondence from former governors Maggie Hassan or John Lynch from this century – that’s a bigger challenge.
Most communication between public officials is now done electronically, the state archivist said, but there’s no law in New Hampshire that mandates governors or other officials turn over emails to the state archives when they leave office. Most officials do not leave any.