America’s Historical Documents

America's Historical Documents

The National Archives preserves and provides access to the records of the Federal Government. Here is a sample of these records, from our most celebrated milestones to little-known surprises.

Declaration of Independence

Articles of Confederation

The Constitution

Bill of Rights

Louisiana Purchase

List of Lewis's Purchases

District of Columbia Emancipation

Emancipation Proclamation

Abolition of Slavery

Check for Alaska

Edison's Light Bulb Patent

Zimmermann Telegram

Women's Right to Vote

Social Security Act

FDR's "Day of Infamy" Speech

Brown v. Board of Education

A Letter from Jackie Robinson

Voting Rights Act

Apollo 11 Flight Plan

Elvis's Letter to President Nixon

Photos, Documents & More in our Online Exhibits

See Today's Document:

Document for January 13th:
"...making an alteration in the Flag..."

More Documents & Exhibits

The Charters of Freedom
Explore the story behind the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution & the Bill of Rights.

Our Documents
100 Milestone Documents of American History.

Teaching with Documents
Lesson plans and resources based on primary documents from the National Archives.

Traveling Exhibits
See when our traveling collections will be near you.


New to Archival Research?
How to get started researching records at the National Archives


Visit the National Archives Experience
Journey into our nation's past.

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