Ever wonder what happens to all the documents required everytime you seem to turn around? Have you given any thought to how and where they are kept and preserved and who can geet into them and why? Have you ever tried to find some information from records maintained by the state?
You can receive answers to these and many more questions when Indiana Handfield-Jones “Explores the Deep, Dark, Mysterious and Unknown State Archives” during a Lakewood Historical Society presentation Thursday, March 19 at the Lakewood Library. The program starts at 7 pm and is open to the public, according to historical society president Becky Huber.
Jerry Handfield has been Washington State Archivist since 2001 and was recruited by Secretary of State Sam reed from Indian where he served in the same role in that state for 14 years.
The State Archivist manages the life cycle of all public records to insure that important legal and historical records are preserved and that all records are managed in an efficient and cost effective manner. He is responsible for the maintenance and security of all public records and establishes safeguards against unauthorized removal or destruction. As a member of the State and Local Records Committees he approves and vetoes, or modifies all schedules for public records.
This presentation surveys the public records landscape in the state of Washington and the United States. The talk focuses on the importance of records to researchers, historical societies and citizens and why they should care about the preservation and accessibility of our public records. The presentation will feature some records from Pierce County, including one valuable record that saved millions for the taxpayers.
Handfield was born in 1944, the oldest of eight children, attended one-room schools and worked on dairy farms in and near Franklin, CT. He went to South Dakota where he earned a BA degree from Yankton College and MA at the University of South Dakota. In 1967, he went to Indiana University for the doctoral program in history. His dissertation and master’s thesis focused on American foreign policy in the 20th century.
His career includes years of teaching college level history, oral history, and fieldwork for the Indiana State Library and the Indiana Historical Society. His professional experience includes leadership in several national organizations, special assignments in Indiana state agencies, and archives consultant to the government of Kazakhstan.
Handfield said he enjoys traveling throughout Washington State and meeting county and local officials, speaking on the importance of public records and exploring museums and historic sites.