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1amarie
Mar 3, 2009, 5:13pm

The Oregon Historical Society Research Library has closed due to budget cuts. May reopen in a couple of weeks, but in the meantime all employees were laid off and there is no public access to their vast collections.
http://www.ohs.org/

The Arizona State Archives has shut down its public services temporarily. They are directly underneath the state legislature as a division which, to my mind, is kind of a scary place these days.
http://www.lib.az.us/archives/

I worry that in general cultural and heritage institutions (to use a very broad term) will be too greatly hurt in this economy.

And now this. The Cologne (Germany) city archive building literally collapsed today and is now a big pile of rubble. Actually pulled down two surrounding buildings now, where there are still a couple of people missing. No word on the condition of the records and materials dating back over a 1000 years have fared.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090303/ap_on_re_eu/eu_germany_building_collapse

2Audacity
Mar 12, 2009, 9:06am

It's a fearsome thing, indeed. I heard (though I don't know the specifics) that New Jersey's state archives is also closed indefinitely, due to lack of funding.

3WhatAmyRead
Sep 7, 2010, 11:58pm

Apparently a bunch of UW Milwaukee archive students got to go to Cologne to help sort through the rubble and restore documents. So at least people are helping!

http://www4.uwm.edu/sois/news/featured/sois-archives-students-help-save-a-german...