Time to Support the National Archives and Library of Congress

The following is a brief extract from the blog of the Records Preservation and Access Committee:

“On May 22, 2017, President Trump released more details about his proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget. Overall there were cuts to many of the programs that genealogists regularly use. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is targeted for a $16.6 million reduction in addition to the elimination of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), an archival grant making arm of the National Archives which provides local and state funding in the preservation of essential historical materials making them more accessible to the public.”

If you use any of the resources of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration or of the Library of Congress, you need to read the full article at: http://bit.ly/2sQnslT!

4 Comments

Kitty B. Hoffman July 7, 2017 at 3:55 am

I have used Internet Archive and the letters in the words do not always come out right, also
there are long stretches of single words listed down the side. Strange. The book text loses something when posted.

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Shameful! They were already strapped. I say we take the money out of Trump’s salary, the one he said he wasn’t going to take.

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Harold McClendon Jr July 7, 2017 at 11:12 am

While the writing letters and contacting our elected representatives, it is also very important that we increase our use of these facilities. NARA maintains records on the number of researchers who visit their locations or order records online. They use these numbers to justify to management the need for research services. If more individuals visit NARA or go online to order records, this gives the research management support for their level of funding. The reality is that the exhibit components are showing an increase in numbers while the research side is showing a reduction in numbers. As a result, the exhibit side will continue to receive a growing portion of the budget.

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