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General Information Leaflet 71
The National Archives in the Nation's Capital –
Information for Researchers

Contacting Us

We encourage you to contact us directly to determine whether we hold records you need so we can guide you further. Some services may vary among different offices, particularly with regard to research room requirements. If your research interest is confined to records of a certain kind (textual, maps, photographs, electronic, or others), you should contact that specific office. If you are uncertain about which media might be most relevant, you should contact one of our Customer Service Centers for assistance. You may write to us at the mailing addresses cited here or contact us by telephone, fax, or email, as indicated below. Please be certain to provide your name, address, and daytime telephone number when you contact us and be as specific as possible about the nature of your request.

National Archives Building

National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20408-0001

Customer Service Center:
Research Center
inquire@nara.gov
202-357-5000/866-325-7208

Old Military and Civil Records staff:
Research Center
inquire@nara.gov
202-357-5385

Center for Legislative Archives:
Research Center inquire@nara.gov
202-357-5350
Fax: 202-219-2176

Archives Library Information Center (ALIC):
Research Ccenter alic@nara.gov
202-357-5018

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National Archives at College Park

National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001

Customer Service Center:
inquire@nara.gov
301-837-2000/866-272-6272
Fax: 301-837-0483

Civilian Records staff:
inquire@nara.gov
301-837-3450
Fax: 301-837-1919

FOIA and Special Access staff (JFK, Watergate, and Independent Counsel records):
inquire@nara.gov
301-837-3190
Fax: 301-837-1864

Modern Military Records staff:
inquire@nara.gov
301-837-3510
Fax: 301-837-1752

Center for Electronic Records:
cer@nara.gov
301-837-0470
Fax: 301-837-2111

Still Pictures Reference:
stillpix@nara.gov
301-837-0561
Fax: 301-837-3620

Motion Pictures/Sound/Video Reference:
mopix@nara.gov
301-837-3540
Fax: 301-837-7628

Cartographic and Architectural Reference:
carto@nara.gov
301-837-3200
Fax: 301-837-3622

Archives Library Information Center (ALIC):
alic@nara.gov
301-837-3415
Fax: 301-837-0459

How to Get to the National Archives Building in Washington, DC

The National Archives Building is located on Pennsylvania Avenue between Seventh and Ninth Streets, NW. The Archives/Navy Memorial subway stop on the Yellow and Green Lines of the Metro is across Pennsylvania Avenue from the Archives building. Metrobuses 30, 32, 34, 36, 53, 54, A42, A46, A48, P1, P2, P4, P17, and W13 stop in front of the building on Pennsylvania Avenue. Several commercial parking lots are located nearby.

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How to Get to the National Archives at College Park, MD

The National Archives at College Park is located at 8601 Adelphi Road, near the University of Maryland, College Park campus. Take Interstate 495 (the Capital Beltway) to exit 28 South, New Hampshire Avenue (route 650). From New Hampshire Avenue turn left onto Adelphi Road. The entrance to the Archives is on the left after you pass Metzerott Road. Parking for visitors is available in the garage adjacent to the building.

A staff shuttle bus, accessible to visitors on a space-available basis, runs on the hour from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, between the buildings in College Park and downtown Washington.

If you are traveling by Metro, take the Green Line to Greenbelt, Fort Totten, or Prince George's Plaza, where you can board the R3 Metrobus to the National Archives at College Park, Monday through Friday. The C8 Metrobus, serving the Red Line's Glenmont station, stops here as well, Monday through Friday. A free shuttle bus departs Prince George's Plaza from the Adelphi Road side of the station (at the Northeast side of the Park and ride lot) on Saturdays on a regular schedule.

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