Are all NARA services/records available at all locations?

How do I find NARA Records?

The website for NARA is By Phone : 1-773-948-9001, ask for the records center.

How do I request NARA Records?

When you are in a NARA research room, ask the staff about the options and procedures for ordering copies. Contact NARA with the details of the records you are looking for. NARA reference staff will let you know if you have enough information to order copies of records.

Are archives available to the public?

The vast majority of the digital images in the National Archives Catalog are in the public domain. Therefore, no written permission is required to use them.

Can you look up military service records?

You can find veterans’ military service records from World War I to the present from the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC). The NPRC houses many types of records, including Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF).

Can the public access the National Archives?

National Archives Operations

The National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, and Presidential Library museums are open to the public without limits on occupancy or days and hours of operation.

How do I find historical documents?

You can find published primary sources by using the online catalog, or by searching in a digital collection of historical documents, such as the Gerritsen Collection of Women’s History, Chronicling America, and Empire Online. The History Library maintains a list of these collections on its website.

How long does it take to get records from the National Archives?

It takes a week to 10 business days to retrieve records from our off site storage facility and make them available in our research room.

What is Nara gov?

The National Archives and Records Administration preserves U.S. government records, manages the Presidential Libraries system, and publishes laws, regulations, Presidential, and other public documents.

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