Title 15, Chapter 9, Section 43
(a) The issues of the newspapers preserved as required in paragraph (9) of Code Section 15-9-37 shall be bound, microfilmed, photostated, or photographed; and such newspapers, microfilm, photographs, or photostatic copies shall be maintained within the county courthouse for a period of not less than 50 years, after which time the newspapers, microfilm, photographs, or other photostatic copies may be donated to a library or historical society, with the concurrence of the director of the Department of Archives and History, in the discretion of the judge of the probate court.
(b) The judge of the probate court is authorized to enter into an
agreement with either the clerk of the superior court or the sheriff
of the county, or both, relative to the binding, retention,
microfilming, photographing, or photostating of the newspapers and
their preservation and retention, in which event it shall be
necessary that only one set of newspapers or copies thereof shall be
retained in the county courthouse. The set of newspapers or copies
thereof shall include copies of the newspaper issues in which the
advertisements of the judge of the probate court appear as well as
copies of the newspaper issues in which the advertisements which the
clerk of the superior court or the sheriff, or both, are required to
preserve and retain appear. The agreement shall specify the person
who shall maintain and preserve the newspapers, microfilm,
photographs, or photostatic copies.