Update on Archival Ink

TO: All State, County, District, City and Town Officials
FROM: Alan N. Cote, Supervisor of Public Records
DATE: March 2, 2010

Pursuant to General Laws Chapter 66, Section 4 and as Supervisor of Public Records, I am required to provide guidance and the requirements for the use of archival ink for the recording of textual information of enduring value and permanent paper records.

The state pen previously approved is no longer available. Through due diligence and research a new state ink has been approved by Dr. John Warner, Massachusetts State Archivist and me.  You may find information regarding this pen on the Executive Office for Administration and Finance, Operational Service Division’s website, www.mass.gov/orgs/operational-services-division.

The new official state pen and ink is the Uni-Ball 207 Black Gel Retractable Pen, Medium, 0.7 mm, item number SAN-1736097.  This pen is available from the following state vendors:

W.B. Mason Co.
59 Centre Street
Brockton, MA 02301

New England Office Supply
135 Lundquist Drive
Braintree, MA  02184