The County of Lancaster has a responsibility to its citizens to manage, preserve and make available records produced within each respective office. All County records regardless of their format must be accessible the entire length of their retention period. County departments are responsible for their own record management by utilizing retention schedules by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) and the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC). Records of permanent retention or historically valuable may be transferred to the archives. The archives is the record custodian for a variety of records created in County offices back to 1729.
Questions about retention or maintaining records in electronic format may be forwarded to the Pennsylvania State Archives: