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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Reproduction fees rise at NARA

If you remember, the US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) proposed raising its reproduction fees back in February and took public comments on the idea until April.  Now it has announced that it will raise its fees.  (Thanks to ResourceShelf.)  From NARA’s August 23 press release:

A final rule published in the Federal Register August 17, 2007, amends the fees for reproduction of archival materials in National Archives facilities nationwide. In addition to Federal records, this includes donated historical materials, Presidential records, and records filed with the Office of the Federal Register. This rule will become effective on Monday, October 1, 2007.

The fees are being changed to reflect current costs of providing the reproductions. The National Archives current fees were established in October 2000 based on a 1999 cost study. As a result of a cost study conducted in 2006, fees for copying records must increase to recover costs. This is the first fee increase in seven years.