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Arkansas History Commission
The mission of the Arkansas History Commission is:
1. to keep and care for the official archives of this state;
2. to collect material bearing on the history of Arkansas from the earliest times;
3. to copy and edit official records and other historical material; and
4. to encourage historical work and research.
State Historical Society of Iowa
The function of the State Archives of Iowa is to document the rights of citizens, the actions of state officials, and the state experience. The State Archives of Iowa represents a public trust upon which our democracy depends and as such it
must be an advocate for openness and accountability in government. The State Archives works to ensure that the essential evidence of government is created, maintained for as long as it is needed, and is available to the citizens of the state and to the public in general.
Illinois State Archives
The State Archives serves by law as the depository of public records of Illinois state and local governmental agencies which possess permanent administrative, legal, or historical research values. Its collections do not include manuscript, newspaper, or other nonofficial sources.

These records are made available to the public, officials, and scholars at the Norton Building and at seven regional depositories located on state university campuses throughout Illinois. The Archives provides access to them through a series of printed and electronic guides, and by in-person, mail, telephone, FAX, and Internet database reference services.
Kansas State Historical Society
Since 1905 the Kansas State Historical Society has served as the state archives. State archives holdings include the inactive unpublished records of state government with enduring value. These records document the workings of state government. The state archives also collects local records from Kansas counties and towns and is cooperating with the Genealogical Society of Utah in filming local government records. This microfilm is available in research room and through the LDS Family History Center system.
Louisianna Archives and Manuscripts Association
The Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association (formerly Friends of the Archives of   Louisiana) promotes the role of archives in the preservation of our national, state, and local heritage by cooperating with Louisiana's public and private archival repositories in their work of collecting, conserving, and making accessible to the public manuscript, printed, graphic arts, and audio materials of historical significance.
Missouri State Archives
The Missouri State Archives is the repository for state records of permanent value and serves as a central facility forhistorical research. Its holdings date from 1770 and include: executive, legislative and judicial records; records of state departments and agencies; land records; military records; state publications; and manuscript, photograph and reference collections. Among its holdings are documents relating to French and Spanish colonial rule, the New Madrid Earthquakes, Supreme Court case files, the Civil War, Frank and Jesse James, and Harry S. Truman.
Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society has  been collecting, preserving and telling their stories for 150 years. Put yourself in this picture and connect with Minnesota's people and their stories, past and present. You'll find lots to discover.
Nebraska State Historical Society
The Library/Archives Division of the Nebraska State Historical Society safeguards the documentary heritage of Nebraska so that it can be used by all researchers. They collect a wide variety of material including books and other published works; newspapers; maps; photographs; government records; papers of individuals, businesses, organizations, and religious bodies; sound recordings, and moving images.
North Dakota State Archives
The State Archives and Historical Research Library division is responsible for the documentary collections of the State Historical Society of North Dakota. It is the official state archives, and acquires and preserves all types of research materials relating to North Dakota and the Northern Great Plains, including manuscript collections, books, periodicals, maps, newspapers, audio and video materials, and photographs. Three dimensional artifacts are maintained in the collections of the Curatorial and Exhibit Services Division.
Oklahoma State Archives
The State Archives house public records of permanent administrative, legal or research value for use by government officials and the public. The Division appraises, accessions, processes, preserves, and provides reference and research service for the records in the State Archives.
South Dakota State Archives
The Archives holds a large collection of material relating to the history of South
Dakota and Dakota Territory. The collection is extremely varied in subject, geographic area, and time period. It includes both historical and genealogical information and covers a wide variety of mediums, including manuscripts, state government collections, books, periodicals, photographs, videos, microfilm,
and maps.
Texas State Library and Archive Commission
1989: The Local Government Records Act  is passed. Under its terms, the State Library develops standards  and assists records management programs for Texas' approximately   8,800 local governments and county offices.
State Historical Society of Wisconsin
The Library collects genealogical and local history publications for the U.S. and Canada; it has no European materials and does not collect manuscript or unpublished material. Strengths of the collection include about 20,000 booklength family histories, population schedules for all U.S. censuses, nearly all vital records for Wisconsin before 1907, and microforms of major genealogical collections from
other institutions.
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