Letter protesting proposal of Dept of Interior's attempt to destroy valuable documents
peter.suber's bookmarks 2018-11-04
Open letter from Michael Keller (Vice Provost and University Librarian, Stanford University) to David Ferriero (Archivist of the United States).
"It has come to my attention that the US Department of Interior (DoI) has submitted to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) a draft Request for Records Disposition Authority (DAA-0048-2015-0003) requesting permission to schedule records for disposal going back 50 years as well as dates forward from every agency within the Department, including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), National Park Service (NPS), US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), US Geological Survey (USGS), Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and others. These important records touch on a range of critical research subjects including oil and gas leases, mining, dams, forests, marine conservation, endangered species, critical habitats, land acquisition and use, etc. In NARA’s appraisal memo, most of these records have been misclassified as “temporary” with the justification that they have “little to no research value.”
I object strenuously to such a large-scale disposition of important public records without adequate public input. Further, I urge NARA to reconsider the proposed records retention schedule relating to the disposition of this wide swath of important DoI records...."