Re: “Save National Archives at Seattle, a link from past to present” [Jan. 25, Opinion]:

While preparing a presentation on the camouflaging of Boeing’s Plant 2 during World War II, I found the only extant records pertaining to this extraordinary event at the National Archives branch at Sand Point Way. The entire plant was made to appear like a small town, very convincingly, from the air. The staff at Sand Point was, like all National Archives and Records Administration branches, excellent in guiding me.

These records need to remain here, in good hands, for the benefit of students of all ages. The responsibility of a democratic nation to fully document, and preserve, the records of its activities is one of the least appreciated aspects of this national treasure.

Electronic records are being corrupted in what seems to have become a national pastime. Keep the originals, keep them locally, and keep them accessible to all.

Dan Hagedorn, Maple Valley, curator emeritus, The Museum of Flight at Boeing Field