National Archives Documents Removed

I saw this AP article this evening, and thought about the implication to historians, genealogists, and researchers:

“Intelligence officials will meet with the county’s top archivist early next week to discuss the withdrawal of historical documents from the National Archives’ public shelves, Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein said Friday.

“He said he requested the meeting following disclosure last month of a program in which thousands of documents, previously declassified, were being removed from public access. Historians protested the practice, saying they had access to many of the documents in past years.

“‘The key here is not whether records are being classified or reclassified,’ Weinstein said. ‘It is whether or not it is appropriate to do so.'”

Read the rest of the article here.

National Archives Documents Removed

I saw this AP article this evening, and thought about the implication to historians, genealogists, and researchers:

“Intelligence officials will meet with the county’s top archivist early next week to discuss the withdrawal of historical documents from the National Archives’ public shelves, Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein said Friday.

“He said he requested the meeting following disclosure last month of a program in which thousands of documents, previously declassified, were being removed from public access. Historians protested the practice, saying they had access to many of the documents in past years.

“‘The key here is not whether records are being classified or reclassified,’ Weinstein said. ‘It is whether or not it is appropriate to do so.'”

Read the rest of the article here.