New Democrat (Monrovia)

17 January 2013

Liberia: Archives Plans Access for Liberians Abroad, Rural Dwellers

With the digital facilities being enjoyed by the Center for National Documents & Records/National Achieves, Liberians abroad and rural areas are expected to get access to the country's essential documents and their deeds and document.

The building hosting the center was looted in early 1990s when armed combatants ransacked the boxes of documents searching for high priced items.

But despite the pillaging of the national infrastructure, numerous photos, papers and other documents were found intact and that the center is now digital.

The country's documents, including deeds belonging to individuals are being scanned and placed in computer for easy access.

But disclosing its accessibility to journalists Wednesday during a tour of the facilities, the Director of the Center Miss P. Bloh Sayeh said the center is in contact with its partners abroad to ensure that Liberians abroad and in rural areas are able to gain access to the national archives through the Internet.

She said scanned and indexed documents will be made easily accessible to people residing in rural areas.

Mrs. Saye said despite numerous challenges, about 13,000 deeds and records have been recovered and digitized

"We are in the process of compiling all of these documents so that Liberians will be able to know about the foundation of their respective counties," Director Saye told newsmen at the Archives Center in Monrovia.

Meanwhile, Madam was honored by the Microscope Newspaper for the transformation of the National Archives since she assumed office.

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