This letter was posted on the State Archives website today:
March 27, 2007
Dear Archives Researchers:
You may have noticed an inordinate number of construction crews around the Archives and History/State Library Building of late. We are getting a facelift–our first since 1968. For the remainder of this year our building will be undergoing significant renovation. The final result will be a cleaner, brighter place to visit as well as a safer environment for our state’s valuable records.
For most of the renovation we will remain open; however, in order for crews to accomplish the work, there will be periods when the Archives Search Room will need to relocate to smaller quarters or be closed altogether. All closures will be subject to change based on the construction schedule and will be kept to a minimum. Should construction finish ahead of schedule, we will reopen early. Information regarding all closures will be posted on the building’s external doors and the Search Room doors, and an announcement will be placed on the website. Any visitors traveling long distances should call the Archives at (919) 807-7310 before making a trip. As with any construction, unanticipated challenges and changes may occur.
For a period of about eight months, the Search Room will be temporarily relocated to a much smaller space. This will restrict the number of patrons able to visit the Search Room at any given time. Moreover, researchers potentially will experience some delays in service during this period. By early 2008 we will be back in our renovated Search Room and will be able to accommodate more researchers and groups than we can now.
Throughout this renovation, our Correspondence Unit will continue to operate. There may be times, however, when responses will be delayed. During such periods the Archives will continue to accept queries and answer them as soon as they have access to the records needed. Contacting us by email or postal mail will continue to be an efficient method of service from the late spring of 2007 until January 2008.
While the renovation will be inconvenient, it will greatly modernize our building and we look forward to returning to a better environment, both in terms of workspace and storage for the records. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding. We look forward to serving you during these eventful times in our building.
Jesse R. Lankford Jr.