Sunday, January 22, 2012

(USA) National Archives Attempting To Restore the 1973 Fire-Damaged Military Records

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

In 1973 a devastating fire burned millions of US military records located in the St. Louis, Missouri facility--we all thought the records were lost forever. A recent article in the St. Louis Beacon, http://tinyurl.com/7ya32sy
original url:
http://www.stlbeacon.org/arts-life/neighborhoods/out-and-about/114919-profile-of-national-archives-at-st-louis
relates the story of the restoration efforts being undertaken by the National Archives, in St. Louis. We will not see all of the millions of documents restored in our lifetimes, but they have already treated 15,000-20,000 records out of the 6.5 million burned.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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