Govt Shutdown shuts down history research

By Christopher B. Daly

Among the unfortunate effects of shutting down the U.S. government is the impact on the “non-essential” workers who run the National Archives, the presidential libraries, the Library of Congress, and other repositories of our national memory. That, in turn, means that a lot of historians, history grad students, writers, and others are sidelined until this blows over.

Even the incomparable Library of Congress digital collections are off-limits. So, a nation that is busy doing a dumb thing is going to start getting dumber.

Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 12.18.56 PMHere is an article from History News Network detailing some of the disruptions.

And for journalists as well as historians, here’s another downside: the normally glacial processing of Freedom of Information requests has now ground to a halt. No more FOIA disclosures until Congress get back to funding the government.



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