Wyoming State Archives Featured in WyoFile for Sunshine Week

Mar 15, 2023

This week (March 12-18) is Sunshine Week, the nationwide celebration of public records and transparency. As part of this annual event, WyoFile published an article on the Wyoming State Archives, written by by Tennessee Watson.

From the article:

The Wyoming State Archives, established in 1951, preserves and shares records documenting Wyoming’s history and governmental operations.

“We keep records as a means of transparency,” State Archivist Sara Davis said. “We keep records for people to access those records.”

Davis sees public records as essential to a functioning democracy, but admits she’s biased. “I love the archives, obviously, I became an archivist,” Davis said. “I think it’s my duty to provide … access to information.”

That duty is easier said than done, however. Davis and other officials must perpetually wrestle with questions of which records to preserve, where to store them, for how long, and if and how the public can access archived materials. How those questions are answered, and by whom, can have an enormous impact on transparency.

Read more about the Wyoming State Archives on WyoFile.

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