Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Idaho Historical Society wants to open old records - KIVITV.COM | Boise.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - It's been more than a century since Harry Orchard planted the bomb that killed former Idaho Gov. Frank Steunenberg outside his house in Caldwell on Dec. 30, 1905. But historians requesting a copy of Orchard's prison record from the Idaho State Historical Society might be disappointed in what they get.

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Speaking of items being thrown out and lost, remember this wonderful Canyon County 1906 Court Docket that was heading for the dumpster?

1 comment:

Tara A. Rowe said...

I thought of you when I read this story at Eye on Boise. The 75 year mark is generally a rubric for items entering the public domain, so it does seem silly (not to mention time consuming and costly) to continue to redact documents that are older than 75 years. ISHS needs to continue to point out that the redacted material in the Orchard case is available in complete form elsewhere as, I suspect, are other documents that would fall under a new policy of less redaction. It's a good way to move forward and having been in the business of deciding issues of redaction and privacy, it's one way to save them from the costly process of continuing the current policy.