Crosscut: Seattle may lose its National Archives. That should concern more than local historians

Crosscut: Seattle may lose its National Archives. That should concern more than local historians. “…the news that the National Archives at Seattle is considering closing its vast facility in Sand Point should send a shudder not just through the community of historians — which it has — but through those who believe in Seattle’s regional exceptionalism. The government is eyeing cashing in on the property the archives sit on, but also in apparently zeroing the facility out of its budget. The archives here are a repository of records that make up our historical record, dating back to the mid-19th century. And they do this for the entire Cascadia region — Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho — plus Hawaii.” One of those editorials where I just wanted to quote the whole thing.

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