Preservation of archives
is a proper and natural function of government.
Public records are public property, and stewardship
over records is a government responsibility.
Like other public assets, the City's records
are held in trust for the citizens,by custodians,
that is, the heads of city
departments. Once permanent records are no
longer required for current business, they
must be transfered to the City Archives. Here
they are protected and permanently preserved
as historical, cultural and legal assets for
use by City government and the public.
The City Archives,
administered by the City Clerk’s Office,
is charged with a special role in protecting
and managing the recorded information of the
City of Everett. The mission of the City Archives,
created by the Statutes of the Commonwealth,
chapter 68, Acts of 1988, is to protect and
preserve the permanent official public records
of Everett municipal government since its
founding in 1870, to document, arrange and
provide day to day access to these archives,
and to assist city departments with cost effective
records management practices.