Research at the National Archives

We have so many records that...

documents circling earth

Laid side to side, pages in our holdings would circle the Earth over 57 times! Because of the cost to digitize such a volume of materials, only a small percentage is available for research online. Our web site offers tools and guides to help you locate these documents. To complete your research and use the records, you may need to visit us.

What's Available Online?

What's online?Start here to examine some of our online resources!

  • Some records are online. See our checklist of places on this web site that provide records online.
  • Information about the records. Research your topic before you visit us to see the records.
  • Ways to order copies of records.

Online Research Tools

Read more about each

What's Next? Visit Us

Even if you find information about records on our web site, to complete your research and use the records, you may need to visit us or hire an independent researcher. Learn more

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Alert: Hours Changes

What's New?

  • Order Online! Now you can search for microfilm using Order Online. Get a full description, download descriptive pamphlets and roll lists, and/or purchase rolls.

  • The 9-11 Commission's records are now available on the Commission's frozen web site. More. . .

  • In light of the terrorist events of September 11, 2001, we are re-evaluating access to some previously open archival materials. More. . .

Help Us Recover Lost and Stolen Documents

Often-Requested Records Online

Plan Your Research Trip

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001
Telephone: 1-86-NARA-NARA or 1-866-272-6272