Foundation for the National Archives

The Foundation for the National Archives works in partnership with the National Archives to “open the stacks” of the Archives and enable millions of visitors to interact personally with the original records of our democracy through the National Archives Museum, filling the public spaces of its flagship building in Washington, D.C., with exciting exhibitions and varied learning opportunities. As the private sector partner in this ongoing civics education initiative, the Foundation has raised millions of dollars towards the creation of a new museum destination on the National Mall, offering visitors the opportunity to discover our nation’s records through such innovations as:


The Archives Across America

Now, the Foundation and the Archives are reaching beyond the granite walls of the historic Washington, D.C., building to share the educational resources of the National Archives Museum with a national audience through traveling exhibitions, programmatic partnerships with the Presidential Libraries and Regional Archives Facilities, technology initiatives, and expanded educational activities at partner sites from coast to coast.

The Foundation for the National Archives is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that since 1992 has served as the National Archives’ private partner in introducing new audiences to the educational power of original records. Under the leadership of a national Board of Directors, the Foundation supports the Archivist of the United States in developing programs, technology, publications and materials that introduce and explain the National Archives’ holdings to Americans and the international community.

Our Mission

The Foundation’s purpose is to educate, enrich, and inspire a deeper appreciation of our country’s heritage through the collected evidence of its history. Find out how you can become a partner in this American journey.

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