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by Jessica Gruenling

ANCHORAGE, Ak-- Earlier this week it was announced that the National Archives building in Anchorage would be shutting its doors this year. 

 
The closure of this is not sitting well with Anchorage residents and now legislators are getting involved. 
 
Both Senator Begich and Senator Murkowski have written letters to David Ferriero, the Archivist of the United States, expressing their concern of the NARA building in Anchorage being closed. 
 
In his letter Senator Begich says the timing of the announcement is problematic since Anchorage is celebrating its Centennial in 2015.                
 
He also states to move the records in the months leading up to Anchorage's centennial would harm the ability of researchers to carry out their efforts and complete their grant projects, as the untimely relocation of records could have severe economic consequences for Anchorage.  
   
The historical society has also written a resolution that is in the process of being voted on looking for support for the continued operation of the archives building.