I wrote a book once. About the history of a Georgia county. It took me almost five years to research and write.
Much of that research time was spent at the Georgia Archives. I’d be waiting when they unlocked the door in the morning. They had to shoo me out at the end of the day. I even told the archivist that I would be fine if they would lock me in overnight. And I meant it.
I figure I spent about 2,000 hours over the course of two-plus years conducting research at the Georgia Archives.
Using the system of appointments set up by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp. my research would take me 83.3 years to complete.
I didn’t go to the Georgia Archives every day, but when I did, I stayed from open to close. It never even occurred to me to go for two hours a day. If the appointment system had been in place back then, I would not have attempted a book.
Like every other small business person who uses the Archives, I pay taxes on the income I earn.
The appointment system inhibits the ability of hard-working Georgians to earn a living.
Small business people who use the Archives are scrambling to figure out if they can honor contracts and how they will stay afloat. The Secretary Kemp, Gov. Nathan Deal and state legislators need to know that this is not acceptable.
Vivian Price Saffold