Did you know that the Micro film and public computers in the research area at National Archives and Records Administration Pacific Alaska Region building on Third Avenue in Anchorage will be closed by the end of the fiscal year and the archives moved to Seattle?

I do know that NARA is under financial pressure, and on Monday a proposed a new budget of $377 million is $10 million below last year’s budget, Unless all the records are available online it’s going to be difficult for folks in Alaska to visit Seattle.

According to an article appearing in the Anchorage Daily news, the chief operating officer of the National Archives and Records Association offered a defense Tuesday for his agency’s decision to shutter its Anchorage branch, which he said costs more than $500,000 annually to keep open even as it recorded just 535 visits last year.

To read the entire article click on NARA official defends plan to close the Anchorage facility.

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