The National Archives at Philadelphia

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The National Archives at Philadelphia maintains the historically significant records of the Federal Agencies and Courts, in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, dating from 1789 to the present. These historical records are open to the public.

alert Notice: Public access computers and microfilm are now available.

Locations and Services

Come visit us at Townsend Road to use our brand new Public PC and Reference Room, ready for your research needs.

Researchers wishing to use original records (that is, paper and photographs that have not been digitized or are not available online) are still strongly encouraged to make an appointment at this time.

Please call 215-305-2044 or email us at to schedule a Research Room appointment, as space is limited.

14700 Townsend Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154-1096

Telephone: 215-305-2044

Fax: 215-305-2038



Monday through Friday, 9:00 3:00

Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Federal holidays.

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National News

red information icon Thanksgiving schedule: Research rooms will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, and will be closed on Thursday, November 26. Museums in Washington, DC, and at the Presidential libraries are closed on Thanksgiving Day. See the full schedule for the fall/winter holidays.

In the event of inclement weather:

  • For announcements of closure or delay, call 215-305-2044.

News and Events in the Region

  • National Archives has gone cashless! As of September 1, 2014, we accept only credit or debit cards, personal or travelers or cashier checks for payment of reproductions. We encourage researchers to bring digital cameras or personal scanners to make free copies of records. Please remember that all electronic devices must be inspected and approved by a NARA staff member prior to use.
  • Schedule Announcement for Relocation of Public Services in Philadelphia.
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  • Researching Slavery and
    Discover actions by ordinary and extraordinary people along the long road to freedom at the National Archives at Philadelphia.

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