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From: Cliff Lamere <>
Subject: [NYALBANY] National Archive in Pittsfield, MA closed to the public
Date: Mon, 02 Jan 2012 03:26:29 -0500
The National Archive in Pittsfield, MA is now closed to the public.
September 30, 2011 was the last day the archive was open to the public.
It continues to be a federal center where certain kinds of records are
stored. Storage is temporarily for about 95% of the records. Most
records are eventually destroyed, but about 5% have a permanent use.
Beware. If you visit the website of the National Archive in Pittsfield,
you would think the faciliy was still open to the public. I suggested
to the director that the home page should mention that they were
closed to the public. The response was that "That information appeared
on the website in August & September and was removed after October 1, 2011."
*** Their public records that would interest genealogists (censuses,
naturalizations, ship passenger lists, etc.) have been donated to the
Berkshire Athenaeum (main branch of the Pittsfield Public LIbrary). If
my memory is accurate, 172,000 microfilms were donated (according to a
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