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In a previous life, as a poverty-level college student, I was a federal employee charged with the duties
of filing documents relating to the water sheds in this region. The filing system didn’t exactly look like this,
but my attitude after a year of said-documenting and filing did look a bit like this:

(War Department records stored in the garage of the White House
prior to the construction of the  National Archives Building.)
And this? If you visit the National Archives website 
you will learn as I did what a  state of disrepair looks like.
To be honest with you, by the time I reached this next photo,
I had forgotten what had brought me to this website.
Here, we have the laying of the cornerstone for the National Archives Building in DC.
In this cornerstone are a Bible, two copies of the Declaration of Independence,
a copy of the Constitution, an American flag from 1933 and more.
What *more* would you have put into a cornerstone, given the opportunity?
In this photo, see the men? This room was later divided into three levels,
each level being seven feet high. Each stack of documents placed randomly.
Where would Stack 121 be found?
My favorite photo~
By 1938:  370,000 feet of motion pictures.
What do you suppose is being done here?
Document-flattening.
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About redmitten

author of Cracking Geodes Open, Making Good Use of August, and The Peppermint Bottle. poetry editor for IthacaLit. website: https://toomuchaugust.wordpress.com

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