Vermont State Archives and Records Administration
The Vermont State Archives and Records Administration (VSARA) division of the Office of the Secretary of State:
- Advises and guides public agencies in records and information management;
- Files, records, and certifies legislative acts and resolves administrative rules, state deeds and leases, vital records, oaths and appointments, municipal charters, and similar statutory filings;
- Appraises and schedules public records so they are preserved only as long as they have a legal or administrative value;
- Preserves and enhances access to the state government’s archival records; and
- Operates a secure record center for inactive agency records.
VSARA was created by Act 96 of 2008, which transferred the Public Records Division within the Department of Buildings and General Services to the Vermont State Archives division within the Office of the Secretary of State. The primary statutory authorities for VSARA can be found in 3 V.S.A. §117 and 3 V.S.A. §218. Those statutes support the requirement within Chapter I, Article 6 of the Vermont Constitution that government officials be accountable to the citizens they serve.