Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty.
The Show Me State is showing its appreciation for the work of the National Archives and Records Administration. Governor Jay Nixon has signed a proclamation declaring June 2 as “National Archives and Records Administration Recognition Day” in the great state of Missouri.
The proclamation was announced in the presence of our very own Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, who was the main speaker this morning during the placing of a time capsule in the new building under construction for the National Personnel Records Center on Dunn Road in St. Louis County.
Missouri is home to the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), which is getting a new makeover as construction continues on what will become the largest National Archives building outside of the Washington, DC, area. The new facility will ring in at a staggering 474,690 square feet—over 9 football fields worth of storage space for the nation’s 81 million veterans and civil service personnel records.
Though the NPRC is currently the busiest NARA facility in the country, fielding more than 1 million requests annually, it’s certainly not the only Archive facility in Missouri deserving recognition: the National Archives at Kansas City, the Harry Truman Presidential Library, and the Federal Records Center in Lee’s Summit are also located there.