This is terrible news for anyone doing research into the history of the northwest region. Moving the archives to Missouri or Los Angeles effectively makes them inaccessible to most of the people interested in them. At some point in the future they may be digitized and accessible remotely, but as of now, the article states that only ".001 percent" of the records have been digitized.
Closing military bases made no sense either except there is no war and a military cost money(currently 23 t debt) so closing other buildings and selling them to save expenses so that the lawn at the white house stays green and neatly trimmed!!
A reader who posted to the S-T article snarked about the prior closing of an archive in Alaska. So there has already been some past consolidation. Maintaining regional archives makes complete sense, this move doesn't. It might as well be torched, for the amt of inaccessibility this will create for those who want access the most. Write to your reps/senators about it.
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