Deal’s proposal would also fund 10 positions at the institution in Morrow, which lost five employees last fall to layoffs, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Supporters say many more steps remain to keep the archives open and accessible to Georgians. They are pushing for an additional $1.5 million to expand public access to the state’s important and historical records dating to at least 1733, saying the additional money would reopen the archives from two to five days a week.
Deal’s proposed budget is for fiscal year 2014, which starts July 1.
Meanwhile, a group of academics, historians and librarians will be working out the details for transferring the Georgia Archives from the secretary of state’s office to the state’s public university system.
Clayton State University President Tim Hynes will serve as the panel’s chairman, University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby has said.
The transfer is part of a long-term agreement reached by Deal and Secretary of State Brian Kemp to keep the research and records facilities open. A bill allowing the transfer still must be approved by the legislature.