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The SHAFR Committee on Historical Documentation Needs Your Help! The National Archives and Records Administration is faced with the most severe challenges in its history. The State Department Historical Advisory Committee has sounded the alarm. NARA, wrote the HAC in its recently annual report, “currently lacks a plan, the backlog is growing, it is woefully understaffed, and its morale is the lowest of any government department or agency. NARA’s leadership must act now.” In response to HAC’s alert, SHAFR’s Committee on Historical Documentation has reached out to other NARA stakeholders in an effort to gain more insight into the problems and both support and provide assistance to NARA’s leadership in “acting now.” As an initial step in this effort, SHAFR has designed a survey to collect data. In light of the severity and urgency of the problem and the need to signal the profound concern of the historical community, we urge anyone who has ever conducted research at NARA or might some day to take 10 minutes to respond. The survey will run until 9 p.m. on Sunday, December 1. You can access it through SHAFR’s homepage, SHAFR.org, or directly at http://www.shafr.org/survey/. Richard H. Immerman Professor and Edward J. Buthusiem Family Distinguished Faculty Fellow in History Marvin Wachman Director, Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy 918 Gladfelter Hall Temple University 1115 W. Berks St. Philadelphia, PA 19122 --