(A) The Ohio history connection, in addition to its other functions, shall function
as the state archives administration for the state and its political subdivisions.
It shall be the function of the state archives administration to preserve government
archives, documents, and records of historical value that may come into its possession
from public or private sources.
The archives administration shall evaluate, preserve, arrange, service repair, or
make other disposition of, including transfer to public libraries, county historical
societies, state universities, or other public or quasi-public institutions, agencies,
or corporations, those public records of the state and its political subdivisions
that may come into its possession under this section. Those public records shall be transferred by written agreement only, and only to
public or quasi-public institutions, agencies, or corporations capable of meeting
accepted archival standards for housing and use.
The archives administration shall be headed by a trained archivist designated by the
Ohio history connection and shall make its services available to county, municipal,
township, school district, library, and special taxing district records commissions
upon request. The archivist shall be designated as the “state archivist.”
(B) The archives administration may purchase or procure for itself, or authorize the
board of trustees of an archival institution to purchase or procure, from an insurance
company licensed to do business in this state policies of insurance insuring the administration
or the members of the board and their officers, employees, and agents against liability
on account of damage or injury to persons and property resulting from any act or omission
of the board members, officers, employees, and agents in their official capacity.
(C) Notwithstanding any other provision of the Revised Code to the contrary, the archives
administration may establish a fee schedule, which may include the cost of labor,
for researching, retrieving, copying, and mailing copies of public records in the
state archives. Revisions to the fee schedule shall be subject to approval by the board of trustees
of the Ohio history connection.
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