: When I started researching at NARA in College
: Park in 2005, they were open six days a week
: from 9-5, with extended hours (until 9PM) on
: Wednesdays through Friday. Maybe five years
: ago they cut the extended evening hours,
: which was a 20% reduction of hours (total of
: 60 hours on site, down to 48).
: Now, they are cutting the sixth day,
: Saturday. Archives will only be open during
: the work week, making it much harder for
: amateur researchers and authors to get time
: in. They reportedly will be extending hours
: during the work week by an hour, so we are
: only losing 3 hours instead of 8,
: theoretically, but that's now a 25%
: reduction in available time on site from
: what we had about five years ago.
: I guess I should consider myself lucky that
: they haven't privatized it or destroyed the
: whole thing already.