The US National Archives and Records Administration will close three facilities over the next two years as part of ongoing budget adjustments, according to a statement by Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero.
The three closures are:
- The National Archives facility in Anchorage, Alaska, will close this year, and its archival records (totaling less than 12,000 cubic feet) will be moved to the National Archives at Seattle, Wash. The good news is, those records will be digitized and made available online.
- In Philadelphia, the small “storefront” facility at 900 Market Street will close this year, and the less than 5,000 cubic feet of archival records there will move to Philadelphia’s Federal Record Center located at Townsend Road. That facility will be modified for better researcher access.
- In Fort Worth, Texas, the “storefront” at Montgomery Plaza, which provided researchers access to microfilm readers and computers, will close. No original records are stored there. Researchers can continue to use the research room in the Federal Records Center at John Burgess Drive.
All employees at the affected facilities will have the option to continue working with the National Archives, with relocation expenses paid for workers at the Anchorage location.
These moves will save the archives about $1.3 million annually.