About Us

Why Preserve Records?

“It is not deeds or acts that last: it is the written record of those deeds and acts”  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915

In explaining why it is important to preserve records, no one says it better than Elbert Hubbard. It is the written record that survives to tell future generations our stories as individuals and communities. Moreover, public records allow us to time-travel to our past as well as ensure the transparency and accountability of our government today.

Our History:

The Licking County Records & Archives Center was established in 2008 in response to the need for records management among the various county agencies. The Center has grown from a staff of one with an attic full of boxes to a five-person team working to accommodate greater numbers of government records. In July 2018, after years of planning, the Record & Archives Center moved into a larger facility at 61 East Main Street, Newark, Ohio, 43055.

Our Mission:

The Licking County Records & Archives Department consults with county offices in establishing strong foundations for the efficient management of records by assisting with their creation, maintenance, retention, protection and preservation, or destruction. The department also strives to promote government accountability, and protect the rights of county residents by providing access to public records of historical value.

 What We Collect:

We collect Licking County Government records of enduring historical value in a wide range of formats including, but not limited to: paper, microform, and electronic media. Additionally we maintain confidential records and some historical materials related to Licking County. All of our publicly accessible materials are available to view at our Center.

 Our Staff:

Corinne Johnson
Records Center and Archives Manager
(740) 670-5122

Corinne Johnson has been employed by the County since 2005 and transferred to the Records and Archives Department in June of 2012. Corinne previously served as an Imaging Technician within the department, where her primary duties included digitizing images, scanning oversized bound volumes, auditing the County’s microfilm archive, and serving as an OnBase System Administrator. She took on the position of Records Center and Archives Manager in 2019, and is working to promote records management best practices throughout local government. 

Angela Belles
Senior Imaging Technician
(740) 670-5121

Angela has been employed by the County since 1998 and transferred to the Records & Archives Department in May 2009. Angela’s job duties include creating digital image copies of county records, and preparing and organizing records to be digitized and/or microfilmed. Angela also does consultations and reviews of digital imaging and microfilm jobs with county departments. Angela has been a certified OnBase System Administrator since 2011, and in 2013 became certified as an Advanced OnBase System Administrator.

Abigail Torre
Reference Archivist/ Librarian
(740) 670-5121

Abby joined the Records and Archives Department in 2018 as an intern while obtaining her Master's degree in Library and Information Science with a focus in the archives. She was hired full-time in 2019 as the department's Imaging Technician, and was promoted to the position of Reference Archivist/Librarian in November of 2021. Abby's current duties include overseeing the operations of reference services, including records requests, retrieval, and delivery; maintaining departmental records databases; creating finding aids and research guides; cleaning and re-boxing archived records; and coordinating the department's volunteer program.


Kelsi Rakestraw
Imaging Technician
(740) 670-5121

Kelsi joined the Records and Archives department in 2021 as an Imaging Technician. She received her Master’s in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Museum Studies in 2017 while working in several local history organizations. Kelsi’s main duties include the digitization of Building Code records, including building permits and building plans.


Monica Crist
Court Records Coordinator
(740) 670-5121

Monica joined the Records & Archives Department in 2018 after gaining three years of records experience in the Clerk of Courts' Office. Monica helped bring organization to historic and permanently valuable records that were transferred to the Archives in 2018. Monica's primary focus is to process court records within the Archives' holdings, and to assist County staff and public patrons in using those records.