In 2001, after the final court-ordered record release, the Electronic Records (ER) section of the Archives and Library Division of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) assumed responsibility for the electronic version of the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission records.' In addition to basic maintenance and preservation responsibilities, ER was assigned the task of converting the proprietary inhouse system to make it web accessible. This was a watershed project representing both closure and new beginnings. Not only would the web-enabled electronic version mark the final stage in access with the promise of global availability via the Internet but it was also the first time ER would be able to test its migration strategies and open source philosophy.



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