October 19, 2012
In this Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 photo, Georgia State Archivist Chris Davidson walks through shelves housing documents at the Georgia State Archives in Morrow, Ga. The Georgia State Archives will remain open to the public two days a week after an uproar over plans to limit access to appointments only for six days a month, state officials said Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. Gov. Nathan Deal and Secretary of State Brian Kemp said $125,000 of a planned $733,000 cut in funding would be restored. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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When Georgia officials announced plans to severely restrict public access to its state archives, it set off a firestorm not only among scholars and people tracing their family roots, but national historical groups.