General Public

Resources for the General Public

We have more than 10 billion paper records, 30 million photographs and close to three million maps and charts, all stored in more than 30 buildings around the country.

These historical documents are available to you in our exhibits and research rooms. Some are on this web site. Visit America's Historical Documents

Presidential Libraries

Kennedy, Reagan and FDR bustsUnique centers for the study of the American Presidency hold something special for everyone.

Watch an American Conversation Now!

Informal conversations between the Archivist and people who've shaped the dialogue about the interpretation and use of American heritage can be viewed now from your desktop:

  • Photo of Ken Burns Ken Burns
    Discussion of his work and his current project, The War

Prologue: NARA's Quarterly Magazine

Current Issue:

Woman in migrant camp Archival Vintages for The Grapes of Wrath
Who were the real people behind Tom Joad and all the others in the John Steinbeck's classic novel of the Great Depression?
Camp David sign Camp David
For 70 years, Presidents and their families have enjoyed this idyllic retreat in the Maryland mountains.
Revolutionary War soldier Escorting a Presidency into History
When a President leaves office, the National Archives is standing by to take custody of his records, which will help determine how history treats him.

Please Note-All Research Rooms will be closed January 19, Research Rooms in the DC-area closed on January 20. All National Archives research rooms will be closed on January 19 for the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Washington, DC-area research rooms will be closed on January 20 for the President's Inauguration. The National Archives museum in Washington will be open on both days.

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Document for January 13th:
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