I saw this in a recent genealogy search – Fate of Seattle National Archives facility still in limbo: https://mynorthwest.com/2010452/seattle-national-archives-in-limbo/. I posted about the issue a while back – Expert: It would take hundreds of years to digitize records at Seattle National Archives – MyNorthwest February 26, 2020.
By Feliks Banel July 10, 2020 at 12:58 pm
It’s been six months since KIRO Radio first broke the news that the federal government, without any public input, intended to sell the Seattle facility of the National Archives and move its contents – millions of priceless maps, documents, photos and other records of Pacific Northwest history – out of state.
With only a small fraction of the materials in Seattle currently digitized, a move – perhaps to the NARA facility in Riverside, Calif. — would mean that one-of-a-kind federal records related to such things as Native American treaties, the Chinese-American Exclusion Act, and other aspects of history critical to researchers, educators, tribes and others would be far less accessible. Historians and tribal representatives were blindsided by news of the intended sale, and expressed their displeasure at an invitation-only meeting at the facility in February.
The archives serve the Pacific Alaska Region and are located on Sand Point Way near Magnuson Park. Sitting on 10 acres along the Burke-Gilman Trail, the location is prime real estate in one of the city’s nicest neighborhoods. The facility itself is housed in a World War II-era warehouse, which was converted in the early 1960s and which is operated by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The Seattle office, and most NARA facilities, have been closed to the public since March 23 because of COVID-19.
In spite of the pandemic, multiple processes appear to still be underway to try and prevent the archival materials, if not the actual NARA facility itself, from leaving Washington.
Communications staff for the office of Kim Wyman, Secretary of State, and for Bob Ferguson, State Attorney General, were less than effusive when asked by KIRO Radio for an update.