I don't suppose a lot of people in the tech industry actually go to the state archives, but this entry may be of interest to many of you nonetheless.
I have absolutely no idea how many other states have archives that includes its own pre-statehood period, but our Hawai'i State Archives has archived documents that pre-dates its own statehood by more than 100 years.
Have you, or someone you know, tried to go to our state archives building
only to find out:
- it is only open from 9am until 4pm,
- it is not open on the weekends, or
- it is closed because of a furlough day.
Although the State Archives building is open to the public, its hours of operation are not very public-friendly. More specifically, it is not working public friendly. For the retired and unemployed access probably isn't a concern.
"Revolutionizing" accessibility to archived information seems to be on the horizon. Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law
, at the William S. Richardson School of Law
is developing its digital archives collection. The digital archives greatly enhances accessibility to these archived documents, long after the doors to the state building (paid for by state taxpayers) are closed for either the day or the weekend. Actually, researchers may not even have to leave their homes or offices.
to read more specific information on how Ka Huli Ao is revolutionizing archived information with is online database.