The National Archives at Philadelphia

What's New?

Relocation of National Archives Public Services in Philadelphia

The National Archives will be closing its facility located at 900 Market St on July 31, 2014. All services and operations currently located there will be moved to an existing NARA facility at 14700 Townsend Road in Northeast Philadelphia (see FAQs).

  • Access to original archival records will not be available at the Market Street location after May 7, 2014 in order to move records. Original records will be available for use at 14700 Townsend Road beginning on Thursday, May 8, 2014. Please contact us in advance to discuss your research needs and schedule an appointment to use records.
  • Access to all scheduled educational and public programming, including First Fridays and the Wednesday Workshops, along with the exhibit gallery featuring "Constitution at Ground Level" and "Archives Alchemy", will continue at Market Street through July 31, 2014.

For more information about our location changes in Philadelphia, please see the FAQs. Follow us on Facebook to get the latest news about the move, public services, and the records.

Consolidation of NARA's Philadelphia facilities

The Archivist of the United States announced the consolidation of the Philadelphia facilities into one, on Townsend Road, among other facility changes. These closures will have an impact on researchers, educators, and other stakeholders in Philadelphia, Anchorage, and Fort Worth. National Archives staff will be working out the implementation details, including the effects of the facility closures on existing programs, over the coming months. We will keep you informed as plans develop.

We encourage you to follow National Archives at Philadelphia on Facebook to keep up with breaking news. We recognize that these changes will be painful for our users, and we are committed to providing the best service possible to all National Archives stakeholders. Working together, we will be able to ensure that the public will continue to have access to these records.

Please contact Meg Phillips if you have questions or comments, by email: or phone: 301-837-3111

Archives Alchemy Workshop!

Make some history or alchemy of your own! First, you’ll get inspired by walking through the exhibit "Archives Alchemy" with some of artists. Later you'll get creative by recycling reproductions of documents or graphics from past exhibits, microfilm and found objects. You’ll be using glue and small hand tools, so dress accordingly.

Saturday, 12 April 2014
National Archives at Philadelphia
Chestnut Street, between 9th and 10th Philadelphia, PA 19107
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

No registration required, but we encourage you call / e-mail

Archives Alchemy exhibit extended!

Archives Alchemy - Quilt 1

The Archives Alchemy exhibit has been extended through Friday, 25 July 2014!

This is the closing exhibit at the National Archives of Philadelphia’s Center City location, before all holdings and services are relocated to Townsend Road.

Free and Open to the public:
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Second Saturday of each month 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
National Archives at Philadelphia
Chestnut Street, between 9th and 10th Philadelphia, PA 19107

Valid photo id required for entrance; this is a federally-owned building

Join us at the "Extended" Opening Event:
First Friday, 2 May 2014
National Archives at Philadelphia
Chestnut Street, between 9th and 10th Philadelphia, PA 19107
5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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