Throughout the year it is not uncommon to hear that a given month has had a the privilege of having a certain cause or subject attached to it. October, for example, is Archives Month (or more accurately American Archives Month in the parlance of the Society of American Archivists). During this month Archives big and small, across the US, will be organizing all manner of events; however, this year there is a certain bleak irony to this fact, for due to the government shutdown (ongoing as of this writing) which may well stretch through the entire month of October, the National Archives are closed. Or to state this in the clearest of terms, during American Archives Month (2013) the National Archives of the United States are inaccessible.

Granted, for many people this information may be met with something of a shrug (one can suppose that such people are not…

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