As predicted in this newsletter for weeks, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration has now drastically curtailed its evening and weekend hours, a move that will make life tougher for thousands of authors, historians and other researchers.
The Archives is the chief repository for federal records. Faced with rising costs, Chief Archivist Allen Weinstein and senior staff reduced the hours that research rooms are open by a third at both the Archives building on Pennsylvania Avenue NW and the massive Archives II center in College Park. The changes took effect Oct. 2.
You can read an article describing the hardships written by Jacqueline Trescott of the Washington Post at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/10/AR2006111001870.html.
My thanks to Richard Cleaveland for letting me know about the article.