- Preparing the Standard Form 135, WNRC-specific Instructions for Block 6g (Restriction)
What's New for Researchers
New Research Pages Online
- Treasures from World War II US Navy Command Files
- The American Experience of Human Rights Abuses in Brazil, 1964-1985
- National Archives at Chicago - November 2015 E-News:
- New exhibits from the National Archives at Philadelphia
- Researcher News newsletter, Spring 2015 edition
- National Archives at Chicago - April 2015 E-News:
- The Dawn of the Atomic Age and Beyond: Photographs from Argonne National Laboratory
- The National Archives at Chicago Workshops for 2015
- National Archives at Chicago March 2015 Newsletter
The following series from the National Archives Building in Washington, DC has been digitized by Ancestry and is now available online:
RG 52, NM-48 51, Registers of Patients at Naval Hospitals, 1812 - 1929
(National Archives Identifier: 2745846)
- RG 52, NM-48 51, Registers of Patients at Naval Hospitals, 1812 - 1929
- National Archives at Chicago - February 2015 Newsletter
- Records Relating to D-Day
- Reference Reports related to Federal Employees
- List of Series in the Records of the United States Food Administration, Record Group 4, at the National Archives at Fort Worth
- Vessel and Station Log Books at the National Archives
- Research Guide to the Criminal Case Files of Fort Smith, Arkansas, 1866-1900
- Index to Forest Service Photos, from Series "Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History, ca. 1897-ca. 1980"
- Unsealed Materials from US v. Liddy
- Supreme Court of the United States - 2011 Term Audio Recordings of Oral Arguments/Opinions
- Preparing for release of 1940 Census on April 2, 2012
- US Presidents in Census Records
- New and Updated Foreign Policy and State Department pages
- Genealogy Reference Reports for Native American Research
- Genealogy Reference Reports for African American Research
- Genealogy Reference Reports for Military Research
- Marine Corps Command Chronologies for the Vietnam War
- List of NARA Microfilm Publications and Original Records Digitized by NARA's Digitization Partners
- NARAtions: Blog about access to the Records of the U.S. National Archives
Microfilm can now be searched and ordered online
- Federal military pension applications files for military service from the American Revolution up to before World War I.
- Individual pages of Federal population census schedules, 1790-1930.
- Land entry files (such as credit, cash, homestead, and mineral) or surrendered military bounty-land warrants files (Acts of 1788, 1812, 1847, 1850, and 1855).
- Bounty-land warrant application files for Federal military service before 1856.
- Ship passenger arrival records, 1820-1959.
- Eastern Cherokee application records, 1906-1909.
- Compiled military service records for regular forces up to before World War I.
Use the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) system to search some of NARA's electronic records holdings.
See other ways to Research NARA's records online
The Washington National Records Center (WNRC) at Suitland, Maryland
4205 Suitland Road,
Suitland, MD 20746-8001
Facility hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.. to 4:30 p.m.
Research hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed weekends and Federal holidays.
Visiting the WNRC
The Washington National Records Center (WNRC) is located in the Suitland Federal Complex in Suitland, Maryland, approximately 7 miles east of the Capitol. All visitors must enter through Gate 5 at the Federal Complex, on Swann Road.
You will need to schedule your visit, delivery or pickup of records at least a day in advance, no later than 4 p.m., so the WNRC can ensure the guards know who is visiting.
* Please arrive at least 20 minutes early to allow time for security processing.
* You must present a government issued photo ID to the security guards in order to enter.
Directions to the WNRC
By Car From the Capital Beltway:
- From I-495, take Exit 11B, Pennsylvania Avenue, toward Washington, DC
- Merge onto MD-4 N/Pennsylvania Avenue
- Turn left onto Silver Hill Road (5th traffic signal)
- Turn right at Swann Road
- Enter Gate 5 at the Federal Complex
By Car from Downtown Washington, DC:
- Take Pennsylvania Avenue east and across the Anacostia River
- Turn right onto Silver Hill Road (approximately 4 miles after the border with Maryland)
- Turn right at Swann Road (fourth traffic signal)
- Enter Gate 5 at the Federal Complex on Swann Road
The closest Metrorail station is the Suitland Station on the Green line.
- Take any Green line train traveling towards Branch Avenue.
- Exit at the Suitland Station (the second to the last stop on the line)
- (Note: It is some distance from the WNRC and there is no shuttle service between the two).
- Pedestrian traffic must enter the Federal Complex at Gate 5 at the intersection of Silver Hill and Swan Roads. The WNRC is located towards the rear of the Federal Complex.
See the Washington Metro website for the latest information on times and schedules.
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