As of this month, the Archives and Records Section has become the Division of Archives and Records. The shift to division status reflects the size, responsibility, and complexity of North Carolina’s Archives and Records program which began in 1903. With a staff of more than seventy, the new division is responsible for both the state’s permanently valuable records and the management of the state’s current records.
As of May 1, 2012, Sarah E. Koonts has been promoted to director of the Division of Archives and Records, a position more commonly known as the State Archivist. Sarah has called North Carolina home for twenty-one years, and twenty of those years she has worked at the State Archives of North Carolina. She graduated with honors from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa with a degree in history. She received a M.A. in public history from North Carolina State University. She lives with her husband and two sons in Apex.
Since starting at the State Archives as a public services intern in 1992, Sarah has had the privilege to work in a number of capacities. She has experience in reference, the iconographic collections, imaging and micrographics, local records analysis, and preservation programming. For the last ten years she has served as head of the collections management branch working to preserve the vast collection of public records, manuscripts, organizational records, and images in the collections of the State Archives. She also has worked on several special projects, such as the statewide tour of the Bill of Rights in 2007 and the statewide training of state and local government officials on the identification and protection of essential records. She serves as a board member of the Council of State Archivists and on the board’s project team for the State Electronic Records Initiative (SERI).