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[ICPR] Indiana State Archivist Corridan Chosen to Head National Archives Organization
Start Date: 7/18/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 7/18/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
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SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO (July 18, 2012) – Director of the Indiana Commission on Public Records and Indiana State Archivist Jim Corridan has been elected President of the national Council of State Archivists (CoSA). Corridan, who has been a member of the CoSA board of directors for three years, was elected President during the CoSA annual meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico this week. During the past year, he served as CoSA’s Vice President and Chairperson of the State Electronic Records Initiative, the nation’s most comprehensive review of electronic records on state government and public access. “It’s an honor to lead the effort to strengthen state and territorial archives in their work to preserve America’s historical records,” Corridan said.

During the next year, Corridan will preside over the board of directors as CoSA develops education, best practices, and effective governance models for states as they implement new policies and procedures following the findings from the State Electronic Records Initiative (SERI). Corridan has been a part of the SERI initiative from its beginnings.

During Archivist Corridan’s tenure at the Indiana State Archives, nearly one-million Indiana records have been made searchable online through the new and award winning Indiana Digital Archives ( providing direct and at-home access to large portions of the Archives materials. The Archives has also provided consulting services in response to disasters affecting local government records and has strengthened the outreach programs of the Indiana State Archives.

Corridan continues to serve on a number of state, national and international boards including the Governance Board for Evergreen International, an open source integrated library system used to operate more than 100 Indiana public libraries, and thousands of libraries world-wide. He is one of nine members on the steering committee for the Library of Congress’s Digital Preservation Education and Outreach program providing training on electronic preservation strategies. Locally, he is also Chairperson of Indiana’s State Historical Records Advisory Board and President of the Grouseland Foundation, home of Indiana’s Territorial Governor and ninth President of the United States, William Henry Harrison. He was appointed Director of the Indiana Commission on Public Records and State Archivist in 2005 by Governor Mitch Daniels.

About the CoSA
Formed in 1989 as the Council of State Historical Records Coordinators, the Council of State Archivists is a national organization comprising the individuals who serve as directors of the principal archival agencies in each state and territorial government. Working collectively through their membership in CoSA, the State Archivists encourage cooperation among the states on matters of mutual interest, define and communicate archival and records concerns at a national level, and work with the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), National Archives (NARA), and other national organizations to ensure that the nation's documentary heritage is preserved and accessible.

About the Indiana Commission on Public Records
Under Director and State Archivist Jim Corridan, the Indiana Commission on Public Records assists State and local governments in the cost-effective, efficient and secure management of governmental records, by providing services throughout the life cycle of records, including creation, use, storage, and disposition.

Contact Information:
Phone: 317/232-3380
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  • Agency Name
    Public Records, Indiana Commission on

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