Monday, February 21, 2011

National Archives (USA) Proposes to Close Boston-Pittsfield MA Annex Facility

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

Not included in the recent statement on the effect of proposed budget reductions by US Archivist David S. Ferriero, was the proposed closure of the National Archives at the Boston-Pittsfield Annex, effective October 1, 2011. Archivist Ferriero stated: "This facility houses Archives microfilm publications and public access computers serving about 1,800 researchers during the last fiscal year. I regret that this decision will affect two long-time Archives employees who run this center. They will be offered other positions at other facilities within the National Archives system and we will pay their relocation expenses."

There is a larger National Archives Regional Office in Waltham, Massachusetts, located about 130 miles from the Pittsfield Annex.

I reported the Archivist's statement on this forum earlier regarding cutbacks due to reduced spending levels at the National Archives-due to funding reductions in President Obama's FY 2012 proposed budget and its effect on the National Archives. The proposed budget would reduce the National Archives budget about 8.2% from the FY budget 2011 request.

Thank you to Dick Eastman and the Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter for alerting us to the closure of the Pittsfield facility. This was also confirmed by a spokesman from the National Archives.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Director-at-Large
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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