State budget cuts have forced Alabama's Department of Archives and History to reduce its staff, cut hours and increase fees. Historical items from Alabama's past are stored and displayed at the archives.
The archives' budget was cut by 18 percent from the General Fund budget and by ten percent from the education budget. The Legislature cut funding to most state agencies after Governor Riley's plan to raise taxes was defeated by voters last month.
Despite the budget cuts, work is continuing on a 15 million-dollar west wing of the archives building near the Capitol in downtown Montgomery. That money was set aside from bond funds and can only be used for the renovation.
Archives director Ed Bridges says the staff has dropped from 52 to 38 since 1982.