ATLANTA -- Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced Thursday that his office will close the State Archives in Morrow and lay off employees because of budget cuts sought by Gov. Nathan Deal.
The closure takes effect Nov. 1. Thereafter, Kemp says, the archives will be open only by appointment. The facility houses a range of historical records used by amateur and professional historians, genealogy researchers, students, attorneys, instructors and others.
The secretary did not say how many state employees will be let go.
Kemp said he believes the move will make Georgia the only state in the country without an accessible archive that has regular hours.
A spokesman in the governor's office noted that every agency, including Deal's office, must cut spending by 3 percent.
Both Kemp and Deal are Republicans.