Archivists cooperate, collaborate, and respect each institution and its mission and collecting policy.
Various historical repositories have returned alienated public records to the State, such acquisitions typically having been accessioned by the repository prior to the recognition of ethical standards for archivists.
Specifically, the Society of American Archivists (SAA) has promulgated the following: “Archivists' Code of Ethics”(1992): ...[Archivists] do not compete for acquisitions when competition would endanger the integrity or safety of documentary materials of long-term value, or solicit the records of an institution that has an established archives......
This law was and is retrospective, retroactive and founded in common law and colonial and early state statutes regarding the preservation of public records.
Through the New Jersey State Constitution of 2 July 1776, which adopted the full extent of colonial law then in place, and subsequent constitutions and legislation, Title 47 of is applicable and enforceable with respect to official records of both the Colony and State of New Jersey and respective subdivisions.
Again, most were direct donations by civic-minded individuals and institutions in support of the democratic and legal principles of public access to government records and the rightful ownership of them by the people, and nationally accepted ethical standards for archivists.
141 original enrolled laws and 31 bills, 1740-1787 including: “An Act to authorize the People of this State to meet in Convention, deliberate upon, agree to, and ratify the Constitution of the United States, proposed by the late General Convention,” 1787Three original enrolled laws, 1755-1770; Treasurer's account and receipt, 1786; estate inventory of Fransis (sic.) Horner of Hopewell, 1756; and Quartermaster receipts for military stores supplied during the Revolutionary War, 1780-1781.
In such instances, the State Archives will suspend formal demand and legal process to recover such documents and will, upon receipt of them, acknowledge the same as a donation to the State Archives.
The State may also exercise its discretion in negotiating mutually beneficial terms for the return of such documents and/or the formal acknowledgement of their legal ownership by the State.
One or both of these agencies will be notified should any of these documents be advertised for sale or auction, or discovered to be in the custody of any person, corporation, organization or agency other than New Jersey State Archives, which is the legal owner.
Be further advised that New Jersey State Archives invites the of any such documents to the State of New Jersey.
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