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From: Heritage Books [mailto:newsletter@...]
Sent: Wednesday, September 06, 2006 8:01 AM
Subject: Special Announcement from Heritage Books, Inc.
The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is proposing a
reduction in the hours it is open to the public, especially weekend and
weeknight hours. This will be a major hardship on genealogists and others
who rely on access to our nation's archives. The proposed reduction in hours
effectively reduces access time by two days each week, a hardship for
researchers who rely on "after work" hours for research, and additional
expenses for visitors researching in the DC area who would need to extend
At the FGS genealogy conference in Boston last week, the following proposal
was presented to Dr. Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States and
head of NARA. We encourage you to sign the petition online before September
8, write to NARA directly, and contact your representative. Please go to:
http://www.PetitionOnline.com/FGS2006/petition.html (case sensitive).
Additional contact options are listed after the text of the petition.
Dear Conference Attendee:
We were honored to have Dr. Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States
attend the FGS/NEHGS 2006 Conference in Boston and to address us in the
Opening Session on Thursday, August 31, 2006. Following his remarks, he was
presented with a letter by the Chair of the Records Preservation and Access
Committee (RPAC) addressing concerns about the proposed changes in the hours
of operation for the Research Rooms at the National Archives.
It has come to our attention that very few of our constituencies are making
their voices heard on this issue. This lack of response sends a loud signal
to the Archives that this is not a serious issue and that closing the
Archives on evenings and Saturdays is irrelevant. The RPAC has recommended
the following suggestions for the Archives to consider:
1) To accommodate the needs of those who need access on Saturdays, we
propose that you close one other day per week. This would be at your
discretion. Other archives often close Sunday and Monday.
2) Users who need evening hour access could be accommodated by opening the
archives later in the day, again at your discretion.
If you agree with the recommendations stated above, we are asking your
support by immediately going on-line and adding your "signature" to our
petition to substitute the hours of access and still help the archives to
meet their need to consolidate their hours of operation. Before 8 September
2006, please go to: http://www.PetitionOnline.com/FGS2006/petition.html
If you would like to send your own personal letter, send it prior to 8
September 2006. Address it to:
Regulations Comments Desk (NPOL)
Room 4100, Policy and Planning Staff
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
More information and contacts:
E-mail your representative in Congress through the "Write your
Representative" webpage at www.house.gov/writerep
For comments sent by postal mail, NPOL will accept any comments on the rule
postmarked by September 8. As long as the postmark is before or on September
8, NPOL will consider the comments.
Hand-carried delivery to the address in the interim final rule: Before 5:00
p.m. Eastern Time on Sept. 8.
Other methods of submission:
Via http://www.regulations.gov and fax: Comments should be sent before 5:00
Eastern Time on Sept. 8. The regulations.gov system might be able to accept
comments until midnight Eastern Time (i.e., 11:59 p.m. or earlier), but
earlier is better to avoid a comment being missed because of time
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