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house Bill H.R. 3786

Keeping Alaska's National Archives in Anchorage

Argument in favor

Local records matter most to state residents; moving the archives to Seattle deprives Alaskans of access to their own history.

Argument opposed

Giving federal property to a municipality has the potential to create ownership issues down the road. Digitization should make this a non-issue.

What is House Bill H.R. 3786?

This bill would allow the City of Anchorage to purchase a 9-acre facility within city limits for the purpose of housing Alaska's National Archives. The state's archives contain both federal and state records dating back to the state's purchase in 1867. The Archives are currently housed in a different Anchorage facility that is scheduled to be shut down as a cost-saving measure that arrives following a National Archives and Records (NARA) budget cut. If the bill fails to pass, the Archives would be moved to a NARA facility in Seattle, with some state records being moved to Juneau. 


This bill affects the physical location of Alaska's National Archives.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3786

The CBO estimates that due to offsetting receipts, there would be no significant impact on the federal budget.

More Information

Official Title

To direct the Administrator of General Services, on behalf of the Archivist of the United States, to convey certain Federal property located in the State of Alaska to the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska.

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed June 17th, 2014
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
    IntroducedDecember 16th, 2013

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