In Tom’s River, New Jersey they are recognizing an anniversary. One year ago the Township began relocating its records to their new Records Center. Over the course of several weeks, over 6,000 containers of municipal records were re-located from 18 separate locations to one, centralized location organized in a computer database, by department or subject, for ease of storage and retrieval. Micromedia Publications brought this topic to us int heir article, “This Month In History: A Look At Record-Keeping.”

The safekeeping of New Jersey’s public records traces its beginning back to colonial times when they were still part of the British Empire. It wasn’t until 1920 that New Jersey created a Public Records Office and by 1924, it was a requirement to gain this office’s written permission to destroy municipal, county, or state records.

As technology changes, so does records management.

Melody K. Smith

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