How’s your Monday going this #PreservationWeek?
“War Department files located on the third floor ramp. These files collapsed on 26 Aug. 1935, see photograph NAD-48.”
National Archives Local Identifier 64-NAD-47
It’s bad enough when you find government records crammed into a garage like this. But to dodge toppling shelves too? Our brave examiners should have received hardship pay back in 1935, when they were surveying federal records here in the DC area. Also attached is examiner Edwin Page Bledsoe’s account of his visit to this garage doubling as a makeshift records storage facility:
“…the worst depository that I have visited…"
(This #PreservationWeek post comes via Alan Walker, an archivist in Research Services at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland.)