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Alaska Office of National Archives to Close

Published On: Mar 11 2014 10:05:00 AM AKDT
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Employees of the Alaska office of the National Archives and Records Administration have been told their facility will be shut down and moved to Seattle.
    
The Anchorage Daily News reports the facility in Anchorage will close this year as part of cost-cutting that will save the federal government $1 million annually.
    
Consolidation also is planned for facilities in Philadelphia and Fort Worth, Texas.
    
The president of the Alaska Historical Society says closure of the facility on Third Avenue would be devastating. Katie Ringsmuth says she used the archives recently for a map project to commemorate Anchorage's centennial.
    
She says it will take an army of digitizers to process the 12,000 cubic feet of Alaska historical records.