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Supreme Court record manager retires

IL Staff
January 1, 2008
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After spending 22 years as the Indiana Supreme Court's director of information management, John Newman has decided it's time to leave state government to pursue his passion for writing. Newman's last day is July 25.

Newman started his career in state government in 1970, taking oral history interviews for the Indiana State Library. He was later named Indiana's state archivist, a position he held until 1986 when he became the director of information management for the Supreme Court.

As court records manager, Newman traveled to every county in the state, helping trial courts maintain records. He made recommendations to county courts on efficiency and storage and was instrumental in helping dispose of tons of unneeded records.

During his time as manager, he also saved several historically significant documents - a federal census from 1810, and documents from 1813-1816 detailing the newspapers to which prominent Indiana political leaders subscribed.

Newman also embraced technological changes - such as the Internet - for storage, preservation, and accessibility of records.

There will be a reception for colleagues and friends Thursday at the Supreme Court courtroom and atrium. The reception will be broadcast on the Web live from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
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  5. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

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