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New Group to Support DC Archives Bill Rice, email@example.com [Note: this is from "themail", April 30, 2014 issue. This is our first notification it exists.--Ed.] At a recent meeting in historic Ben's Chili Bowl on U Street, NW, a group of individuals interested in DC government and history came together to form the Friends of the District of Columbia Archives (FDCA). The attendees shared a deep concern that the physical and digital records of the Nation's Capital are at risk due to the poor physical conditions at the DC Archives and District-wide inattention to record-keeping. The FDCA agreed to three immediate goals: 1) bring public attention and support for the DC Archives though activism in the District government and with the general public; 2) offer direct support for the forty-four million dollars the District government committed last year for a new Archives, including for more funding if needed to create a world-class facility; and 3) spotlight the Archives' treasures, the dangers posed by current conditions, and the importance of saving the digital records of the city government. The FDCA includes archivists, historians, DC government employees, and anyone interested in recovering and preserving the stories of the District's past. Participants at the founding meeting had current and former affiliations with the Historical Society of Washington, DC, the Society of American Archivists, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, the National Archives, The George Washington University, and the DC Archives. The FDCA plans to solicit membership from all who want to support the Archives. One of its first actions will be to testify before the Council's Committee on Government Operations on May 1st. -- Matthew Gilmore H-DC list co-editor, web editor firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.h-net.org/~dclist/ [list website] http://www.h-net.org/lists/subscribe.cgi?list=H-DC [subscribe to H-DC] https://twitter.com/H_DC_DCHistory Remember to check http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/logbrowse.pl?trx=lm&list=H-DC for past list messages. November 20-23, 2014 - 41st Annual Conference on DC Historical Studies Thank you to all who made the 40th Annual Conference on D.C. Historical Studies a success! click: http://annualconferencedchistoricalstudies.wordpress.com --