As an Erie resident and an amateur genealogist, I am delighted to have this new employer moving to our area. Ok, it is not located in Erie but the expanded regional National archives will be in Broomfield next door and should offer another source of jobs. That’s good for our local economy and ultimately the Erie Colorado real estate market.
An open house is planned for May 2013 for the new expanded Rocky Mountain branch of the National Archives at its new home in Broomfield. Currently located at the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood, a 35-mile drive from Boulder, the new archives will be located near I-25 and by The Children’s Hospital, on Co 7, in Broomfield, next door to both Erie and Lafayette, Colorado
The move brings easier access for Boulder County researchers to thousands of federal records, specialized genealogy classes and high-quality research training.
The U.S. government opened a regional records depository at the Denver Federal Center in 1954—one of eleven regional archives. But the archives have run out of space and no longer meet the mandated federal standards for archival storage in their facility.
The new regional archives will have over 20,000 cubic feet of additional archival records storage, a larger training classroom, more parking, and many upgraded features. An open campus without the Denver Federal Center guards will make the archives researcher-friendly.
The staff gives tours, lectures, classes, provides explanation for exhibits, and trains educators to use primary source documents for teaching American history. They are kept busy in summer months by professors delving into scholarly document research.
In addition to documents, the archives contain photographs, posters, brochures,
maps and ephemera.
After a competitive process whereby many communities’ submitted proposals, Broomfield was selected for the new state-of-the art National Archives regional building.
Eileen Bolger, Regional Archives Director, is eager to begin outreach efforts into Boulder County. An expanded internship program with both the University of Colorado and
Front Range Community College will be established.
With the number of genealogy groups in Boulder and Broomfield counties, Bolger expects members to make good use of the new research facility, and has already fielded calls from Boulder County genealogists offering to volunteer at the Broomfield site.
The regional archives is a depository for records from Federal agencies
in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and
Wyoming. The Bureau of Indian Affairs records are by far the most
frequently used at the regional facility.
Records from Boulder-based federal agencies include National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration, National Institute of Standards and
Technology, National Geophysical Data Center and Rocky Flats.