About the National Archives

About the National Archives

Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever.

Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you. Learn more

Spotlight on National Archives History

National Archives & Records Administration 20th 1986-2005The National Archives and Records Administration became an independent federal agency in 1985. Learn about how the archives came into independence in a video panel discussion about our journey.

Prologue: NARA's Quarterly Magazine

Current Issue:

President Lyndon B. Johnson LBJ's Long Shadow
The legacies of the Great Society and the Vietnam War buildup shape history's assessment of the nation's 36th President.
Image from German War Film Battlefilm
Thousands of scenes of World War I action exist today in NARA's trove of images from motion pictures of the Great War.
Capt. Zacharias testifies Sage Prophet or Loose Cannon?
A skilled intelligence officer in World War II foresaw Japan's plans, but annoyed Navy brass as a colorful and controversial figure.

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Experience the National Archives

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From the Archivist

Allen Weinstein

  • Who is the Archivist?
    Allen Weinstein is the ninth Archivist of the United States, the head of the agency, appointed by the President of the United States.

  • Allen Weinstein

  • Speeches & Writings
    Writings from Allen Weinstein, Ninth Archivist of the United States.

  • Allen Weinstein

  • Conversations
    A series of informal interviews on American history and identity with notable scholars.
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The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
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Telephone: 1-86-NARA-NARA or 1-866-272-6272