Matthew B. Gilmore
In conjuction with the new fiscal year and Archives month, the National Archives again is cutting hours of service.
Consultation room hours at Archives I (downtown Washington) are brought forward to 8:45 from 9:00 am BUT then are cut by one hour from 5 to 4 pm.
This may not seem very significant BUT the only way to order paper records for research is through the archivists in the consulation room. Archivists have to review and approve pull slips. What’s worse, there are no resources to prepare an adequate pull slip outside of that room–you cannot prepare in advance. The online catalog can direct a researcher to (perhaps) the right facility but actual record group, entry number, and box number details are in the box lists in the consultation room. It is not just archivist consultation but access to the finding aids.
And for a look at the potential future in DC:
Beginning October 2, 2017, the National Archives at Seattle, San Francisco, and Riverside will be open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. If you would like to view original records, please contact us in advance.