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Closure of National Archive Facilities

Information Regarding the closure of thee national archive facilities:

Colleagues:

The National Archives just issued a press release announcing the permanent closure of three National Archives facilities over the next two years.  The Anchorage facility will close in 2014, the two Philadelphia facilities will be consolidated in 2014, and the two Fort Worth facilities will be consolidated in 2016.  Please refer to the press release for additional details.   Out of respect for NARA staff, we notified them of the planned changes before releasing this news to the public, but we wanted the members of our stakeholder community to be the first to see the public announcement.

These closures will have an impact on researchers, educators, and other stakeholders in Philadelphia, Anchorage, and Fort Worth.  National Archives staff will be working out the implementation details, including the effects of the facility closures on existing programs, over the coming months.  We will keep you informed as plans develop.  We encourage you to follow National Archives at Philadelphia, National Archives at Anchorage, and National Archives at Fort Worth on Facebook to keep up with breaking news from the affected sites.

We recognize that these changes will be painful for users of the affected facilities and we are committed to providing the best service possible to all National Archives stakeholders. Working together, we will be able to ensure that the public will continue to have access to these records.

Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or comments about these plans.  I’ll do my best to find the answers when I don’t know myself.

Sincerely,

Meg Phillips

PRESS RELEASE:

Statement by Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero

Announces Closure/Consolidations of Three National Archives Facilities

Washington, DC…As part of ongoing budget adjustments, Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero announced the permanent closure of three National Archives facilities. This year, the National Archives facility in Anchorage, AK, will close and two facilities in the Philadelphia, PA, area will be consolidated to a single site. Within the next two years, two Archives’ facilities in Fort Worth, TX, also will be consolidated to a single site. These closures and consolidations will result in estimated annual cost savings of approximately $1.3 million.

“The National Archives budget is devoted primarily to personnel and facilities, both of which are essential to our mission,” the Archivist stated. “I recognize these cuts will be painful; however, we are committed to continuing to provide the best service to our customers and best working conditions for our staff nationwide.”

Background:

Anchorage, AK, facility closing
The National Archives’ facility in Anchorage, AK, will close permanently in FY 2014. The employees who work there will be offered positions at other National Archives facilities, with the National Archives paying relocation expenses. The less than 12,000 cubic feet of archival records in Alaska will be moved to the National Archives at Seattle, WA, where the National Archives will digitize these records so that they remain available to Alaskans through the internet. In addition, we will move approximately 7,500 cubic feet of records center holdings to Seattle, WA.

Philadelphia, PA, facility consolidation
The National Archives currently maintains two facilities in Philadelphia—a records center and archives at Townsend Road, and a small “storefront” archival facility at 900 Market Street in the city center. These facilities are in the same commuting area, and archival records are currently moved between the two for research use. The Market Street facility will close in FY 2014, and those employees will move to Townsend Road or telework locations. The less than 5,000 cubic feet of archival records stored at Market Street will be moved to Townsend Road, where the majority of the archival records already are stored. The Townsend Road facility’s research room will be modified to better provide appropriate access to researchers, and community outreach programs will continue.

Fort Worth, TX, facility consolidation
The National Archives currently maintains two facilities in Fort Worth: a combined records center and archives at John Burgess Drive, and a smaller “storefront” facility at Montgomery Plaza. The National Archives will permanently close the Montgomery Plaza facility in FY 2016. All employees at the Montgomery Plaza location will move to John Burgess or telework locations. No original records are stored at Montgomery Plaza, and researchers will have continued access to archival records through the research room at John Burgess Drive.

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For more information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.

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