Monday, January 28, 2008


Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the arrest of a New York State Department of Education employee who allegedly used his position to steal hundreds of historic documents and artifacts belonging to the State Library, sold some for personal profit on eBay, and traded others at collectors’ shows.

State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries Janet M. Welch is providing links to the following sources for your information.
Albany Times Union coverage

Press Release from the Attorney General’s Office

State Education Commissioner Richard Mills stated the following on January 28, 2008:

"Any theft of historic documents is an unconscionable act. This potential theft was reported to the State Library on Thursday, January 17, and we then notified the Attorney General, who has recovered several hundred documents. We are now carefully examining those documents to determine what belongs to the State Library and the people of New York State.

"All research libraries must balance the need for access by staff and researchers with the need for preservation and security. We are now assembling respected national experts in research library and archives security. They will examine current security procedures and will make recommendations to strengthen them. The Board of Regents and I will make their report public and carry out their recommendations.

"We are continuing to work closely with the Attorney General and are grateful for his quick action."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

link changed to

That will not stay active for very long either