CHAPTER 96

PUBLIC ARCHIVES COMMISSION

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 36 OF THE REVISED CODE OF DELAWARE, 1935, RELATING TO THE PUBLIC ARCHIVES COMMISSION.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Section 1. That Chapter 36 of the Revised Code of Delaware, 1935, be and the same is hereby amended by striking out 1085. Sec. 2 thereof and inserting in lieu thereof a new section to be known as 1085. Sec. 2.

1085. Sec. 2. The Public Archives Commission shall consist of six members, two of whom, one man and one woman, shall be residents of each county. No more than three members of the Commission shall belong to the same political party and no person shall be eligible to appointment who has not been for at least ten years preceding his or her appointment a resident of this State or who is in any way subject to the authority of the Commission. The Governor shall appoint three members to serve four years and three members to serve two years beginning on the first day of May next succeeding their appointment and until their successors shall be appointed. Following the expiration of the term of office of each member his or her successor shall be appointed to serve four years and until his or her successor shall qualify. Vacancies on the Commission for any cause shall be filled by the Governor for the unexpired term and until a successor shall be appointed. Members of the Commission shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for traveling expenses incurred in attending meetings of the Commission.

Section 2. That Chapter 36 of the Revised Code of Delaware, 1935, be and the same is hereby amended by striking out 1088. Sec. 5 thereof and inserting in lieu thereof a new section to be known as 1088 Sec. 5.

1088. Sec. 5. The Public Archives Commission shall occupy exclusively the rooms in the new State "Hall of Records" in Dover assigned to it by the State Building Commission of 1937. All books, records, documents, and papers of historical or public interest, the custody of which is given to the said Public Archives Commission, as in this Chapter provided, shall be kept in the said rooms of the said State "Hall of Records" and shall be classified and catalogued for reference.

Section 3. That Chapter 36 of the Revised Code of Delaware, 1935, be and the same is hereby amended by striking out 1089. Sec. 6 thereof and inserting in lieu thereof a new section to be known as 1089. Sec. 6.

1089. Sec. 6. The Public Archives Commission, from time to time as it may deem advisable, is empowered to publish any records, documents, and papers within its custody or abstracts and calendars of the same; or pamphlets, brochures, and books pertaining to said records, documents, and papers, or relating in general to the history of Delaware, or the annual reports to the Governor concerning the work of the said Commission. Such publications may be distributed gratis by the Commission in such numbers as the requirements of its exchange list with State, University, and other public libraries or historical societies may, in the discretion of said Commission, necessitate.

Copies of said publications may be sold by the said Commission to the general public for such price per copy as the Commission may determine, and the proceeds therefrom, accompanied by a detailed statement, shall be paid to the State Treasury on or before June 30th of each year to be credited by him to a special fund to be designated as the Public Archives Commission's Publications Fund, which Fund the State Treasurer is hereby authorized and directed to set up. The Public Archives Commission shall draw upon this Fund to pay for publications whenever such are issued by said Commission, such payments being made by the State Treasurer out of the Public Archives Commission's Publications Fund upon vouchers issued by the proper officers designated by said Public Archives Commission and approved by the Auditor of Accounts.

Section 4. That Chapter 36 of the Revised Code of Delaware, 1935, be and the same is hereby amended by adding a new section to be known as Section 8 as follows:

Section 8. The Public Archives Commission shall have authority to make reproductions by photographic process of records in the custody of said Commission, of those required by law to be copied, and of such subjects as the said Commission may be requested to reproduce.

All disbursements made by the said Commission for expenses pertaining to the work of photographic reproduction shall be paid by the State Treasurer out of monies deposited with him from fees received by the Public Archives Commission for photographic reproductions, to the credit of the Public Archives Commission in the General Fund of the State of Delaware, upon vouchers issued by the proper officers designated by said Public Archives Commission and approved by the Auditor of Accounts.

Approved April 28, 1939.