420 Record Archiving Project

The nation’s historical records on the prohibition of marijuana are fragmented, scattered across towns, cities, counties and states in dozens of different organizational repositories; all variously housed. While some organizations do a good job cataloging, sorting and preserving their records, most have not due to the lack of funds and staff training on record management. Within these organizations, responsibility for collecting and curating history is understandably non-existent or a low priority. Without established mechanisms for sustained coordination and cooperation to archive relevant collections, historic records are at great risk of loss by destruction due to space needs of the organization or even by simple neglect.

Our purpose for this project is to serve as a coordinating entity for these organizations, to provide training in record management to better identify and preserve potential relevant historical documents, to house records deemed unnecessary to keep and to eventually expose their holdings to researchers through a central portal.