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Gaps in Documentation
Although Goddard policy now requires organizations to work through Code when storing and withdrawing records from the WNRC,it was not always that way. Record keeping personnel said that in the past, several organizations with large data holdings managed their own records and their own paperwork--the so-called SF 135s needed to transfer records to the WNRC and the form 11s to withdraw them. The practice stopped in the late 1990s when NASA Headquarters became concerned that important data could be lost without a stricter accounting of what these organizations shipped and withdrew.
After examining the green ledger books, employees began to suspect that the organization responsible for the Apollo tapes enjoyed the same working arrangement.The accession numbers listed in the ledger books were not in sequential order. In fact, employees found large gaps, indicating that the records office had assigned those.
But at the time.who noticed? Certainly not the hundreds of millions of people worldwide who sat mesmerized by the fuzzy images on their televisions sets