Jun 15, 2021

The Potential of the Seattle Archives Being Transferred to California and Kansas City

The following is a message posted to the IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring mailing list and is republished here with permission:

The IAJGS Records Access Alert previously wrote about the potential of the Seattle Archives being transferred to California and Kansas City, at least a thousand of miles away from the residents whose records are located there: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. This closure/relocation was stopped by the Biden Administration—at least for now.

David Ferriero, the US Archivist has written a blog post about the Seattle Archives on ancestral lands of the Coast Salish Stillaguamish, Duwamish and Suquamish natives.

To read more about this land see:

To read the previous postings about the potential closing of the Washington NARA Office, go to the archives of the IAJGS Records Access Alert at: You must be registered to access the archives. To register go to: and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical organization with whom you are affiliated. You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized.

Jan Meisels Allen Chairperson,
IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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