Leadership

PROTECTING PUBLIC ARCHIVES.

Issue 3 and Volume 1.

PROTECTING PUBLIC ARCHIVES. The destruction by fire of the Patent Office at Washington, and the investigation had into its origin and cause, has again called attention to the fact that all public records should be kept in buildings that are absolutely fire-proof. There is not a government building in Washington that is so, and the rerords contained in them are liable to be destroyed, at any moment. The Treasury Department is no better protected against fire than was the Patent Office; should the Treasury be burned, the loss of records | would he irreparable. In New York city j the public buildings are no more secure, i The Hall of Records, as the insignificant | little building east of the City Hall is | pretentiously called, wherein are kept the records of real estate titles in this county, is an old rattle-trap of a bnildj ing, liable to be consumed…

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