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Archives and Records Management

Agency Recordkeeping

Agency Recordkeeping Requirements: A Management Guide
NARA Management Guide Series (1995) Print version available in ALIC Library: JK 268.P76.U56 1995b

The Appraisal of Modern Records
By T. R. Schellenberg. Bulletin No. 8 (1956) Print version available in ALIC Library: CD973.A77 S34 1956

Archival Arrangement - Five Different Operations at Five Different Levels
By Oliver W. Holmes (1964)

Citing Records in the National Archives of the United States
Print version available in ALIC Library: AE 1.113:17/997 and Z5140 .U56 1993

Disposition of Federal Records  (1997)
Print version available in ALIC Library: AE 1.108:D 63/2/997 and CD 3023 .W57 1997

General Records Schedules  (1998)
Print version available in ALIC Library: JK 468 .P76 G46

Guide to federal records in the National Archives of the United States
Update to paper version compiled by Robert B. Matchette (1995). Shelved at CD 3026 1995a

Intrinsic Value in Archival Material
Staff Information Paper Number 21, 1982.

Managing X-Ray Film as Federal Records  (2000)

National Archives Gift Collection Acquisition Policy.   (1991)
Government Information Leaflet Number 35

Principles of Arrangement  (1951)
By Theodore R. Schellenberg. Staff Information Paper Number 18

Records Management Self-Evaluation Guide  (1995)
Print Version available in ALIC Library: JK 468 P76 U56

General

Documenting Your Public Service  (2000)
Print version available in ALIC Library: AE 1.108 .D65/2

Introduction to Archival Terminology  (1984)
Daniels, Maygene F. Print version available in ALIC Library: CD 972 .M63

Moving? Consolidating? Reorganizing?  (1999)
Print version available in ALIC Library: JK 468 .D76 M6 1997

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Congressional Guides

Citing the Records of Congress
From NARA's Center for Legislative Archives

Guide to the Records of the Joint Committees of Congress 1789-1968 (Record Group 128)

Guide to the Records of the U.S. Senate 1789-1989 (Record Group 46)
Print version available in ALIC Library: CD 3042 .S46 F5

Guide to the Records of the U.S. House of Representatives at the National Archives 1789-1989 (Record Group 233)

Glossary of Legislative and Archival Terms
Appendix E: Guide to the Records of the U.S. House of Representatives

Report of the Select Committee on Assassinations of the U.S. House of Representatives

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Genealogy

Getting Started

Beginning Your Genealogical Research

Black Family Research: Using the Records of Post-Civil War Federal Agencies at the National Archives
Reference Information Paper No. 108, by Reginald Washington.

Checklist of Records Available for Research on African-American History, NARA's Southeast Region

Checklist of Records Available for Research into Family History, NARA's Southeast Region

Genealogical and Biographical Research

Microfilm Resources for Research: A Select Catalog of NARA Microfilm

Pre-Federal Records  (2000)

Print and Online Sources that Answer Frequently Asked Questions  (1999)
Many of the print materials on this site are available in the ALIC Library.

Research in the Land Entry Files of the General Land Office (Record Group 49)
General Information Leaflet Number 67. Located in ALIC at HD183 .L34 R47 2001.

Census

The Federal Population Censuses: Catalogs of NARA Microfilm

1790-1890 Federal Population Censuses: Catalog of NARA Microfilm

1900 Federal Population Census: Catalog of NARA Microfilm

1910 Federal Population Census: Catalog of NARA Microfilm

1920 Federal Population Census: Catalog of NARA Microfilm

1930 Federal Population Census
Guide to indexes, city directories, enumeration district maps.

Clues in Census Records, 1790-1840
This essay is adapted from Claire Prechtel-Kluskens, " Clues in Census Records, 1790-1840," The Record, Vol. 4, No. 5 (May 1998).

Clues in Census Records, 1850-1920
This essay is adapted from " Clues in Census Records, 1850-1920," The Record, Vol. 4, No. 3 (January 1998).

How to Use NARA's Census Microfilm Catalogs  (1999)

M1931: Index to Selected City Streets and Enumeration Districts, 1930 Census
Microfilm Publication M1931

The Soundex Indexing System
This essay is based on " Using the Census Soundex," NARA General Information Leaflet 55, available in the ALIC Library at GS 4.22:55.

Entering the USA

Chinese Immigration and Chinese in the United States
Reference Information Paper Number 99.

Immigrant & Passenger Arrivals: A Select Catalog of NARA Microfilm

Immigration Records  (June 2001)

Mexican Border Crossing Records  (May 2001)
This web page is adapted from Claire Prechtel-Kluskens, " Mexican Border Crossing Records (3 parts)," National Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. 25, Nos. 3-5 (May-Oct. 1999).

Naturalization Records  (June 2001)
This article is adapted from Claire Prechtel-Kluskens, " The Location of Naturalization Records," The Record, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 21-22 (Nov. 1996).

Passport Applications   (June 2001)
This essay is adapted from Kathie O. Nicastro and Claire Prechtel-Kluskens, " Passport Applications: A Key to Discovering Your Immigrant Ancestor's Roots," Prologue: Quarterly of the National Archives 25 (Winter 1993): 390-394.

M1371: Registers and Indexes for Passport Applications, 1810-1906
Microfilm Publication M1371. 13 rolls.

M1372: Passport Applications, 1795-1905
Microfilm Publication M1372. 694 rolls.

M1848: Index to Passport Applications, 1850-1852, 1860-1880, 1881, 1906-1923
Microfilm Publication M1848. 61 rolls.

M1490: Passport Applications, Jan. 2, 1906 - Mar. 31, 1925
Microfilm Publication M1490. 2,740 rolls.

M1834: Emergency Passport Applications, (Passports Issued Abroad), 1877-1907
Microfilm Publication M1834. 56 rolls.

Seamen and Vessels

Alaskan Ports, 1906-1946
Immigration records from 5 Alaskan ports; Microfilm Publications M2016, M2017, M2018.

Basic Search Path for Records Relating to Lighthouses  (June 2001)
This page is based on material from Preliminary Inventory (P.I.) NC-31, Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the United States Coast Guard (Forrest R. Holdcamper, National Archives, 1963).

M1320: Connecticut Ports, 1929-1959
Microfilm Publication M1320.

M1480: Manifests of Alien Arrivals at Buffalo, Lewiston, Niagara Falls, and Rochester, New York, 1902-1954
Microfilm Publication M1480.

T829: Miscellaneous Records of the United States Navy, 1789-1925
Naval Records Collection of the Office of Naval Records and Library, Record Group 45

A3363: Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Ventura, California, May 1929- December 1956
Microfilm Publication A3363.

M2032: Passenger Lists of European Immigrants Arriving at Vera Cruz, Mexico, 1921-1923, and Related Correspondence, 1921-1931
Microfilm Publication M2032.

Pictures of Navy Ships, 1775-1941: Select Audiovisual Records

Records about Impressed Seamen, 1793-1814

Records of the U.S. Customs Service, 1820-ca.1891.
Use the microfilm search tool to find rolls of microfilm relating to various ports under the U.S. Customs Service.

M1839: Miscellaneous Lists and Papers Regarding Impressed Seamen, 1796-1814
Microfilm Publication M1839.

Vessel Documents  June 2001.
These records are part of the Records of the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation, Record Group 41.

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Military

Civil War

M1845: Card Records of Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans, ca. 1879- ca. 1903.
Microfilm Publication M1845.

Appendix A: Checklist for Sources on Regimental History in the National Archives

Civil War Records  (1999)
Many of the materials cited in this document are available in the ALIC Library.

Compiled Military Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers who Served with the United States Colored Troops: 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment (Colored)
Descriptive Pamphlet M1898.

M323: Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Texas
The compiled service records reproduced in Microfilm Publication M323 are indexed on M227. View the microfilm details

Confederate pension records (2001)
List of repositories for Confederate pension records.

Documents Relating to the Military and Naval Service of Blacks Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor from the Civil War to the Spanish-American War  (1973)
Descriptive Pamphlet M929. Print version available in ALIC Library: CD3027.M5N3 no. 929.

T288: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934
Microfilm Publication T288.

Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers who Served with United States Colored Troops  (1965)
Descriptive Pamphlet M589.
Print version available in ALIC Library: CD 3027.M5N3 no. 589

Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers from Pennsylvania

Military Service Records: A Select Catalog of NARA Microfilm Publications
Search the Microfilm Catalog.

  1. From the main Microfilm Catalog page, click Advanced Search (next to the Search button)
  2. In the righthand column, under Subject Catalog, select "Military Service Records"
  3. Enter any related Subject Terms in the line above
  4. Hit "Search"

Pictures of the Civil War: Select Audiovisual Records

Wagonmasters Serving the Union During the Civil War  (2000)
This article by Claire Prechtel-Kluskens was originally published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 85, No. 4 (Dec. 1997).

World War I

World War I Draft Registration Cards

World War II

Audiovisual Records in the National Archives of the United States Relating to World War II
Reference Information Paper 70. Print version available in ALIC Library: CD 3023. A35 no. 70.

Checklist of Records relating to World War II, NARA's Pacific Region (Riverside)

Casualties, Missing in Action, Prisoners of War, World War II - Vietnam Era
Center for Electronic Records Reference Report #7.

Captured German Sound Recordings: Select Audiovisual Records
Print version available in ALIC Library: Z 2240 C37 1970

Pictures of African Americans during World War II
Select Audiovisual Records.

Pictures of World War II
Select Audiovisual Records.

Record Group 389: Records of the Office of the Provost Marshal General
Center for Electronic Records Descriptive Handout.

Records Relating to Personal Participation in World War II: American military casualties and burials
Reference Information Paper 82. Print version available in ALIC Library: CD 3023 A35 no. 82

Records Relating to Personal Participation in World War II
" The American Soldier" surveys. Reference Information Paper 78. Print version available in ALIC Library: CD 3023 A35 no. 78

Special Subject Guide: Archival Materials at the Harry S. Truman Library relating to World War II 1999

Voices of World War II, 1937-1945
Sound recordings: select audiovisual records.

Korean Conflict

State-level Lists of Casualties from the Korean Conflict (1951-1957)

Vietnam War

State-level Lists of Casualties from the Vietnam War (1956-)

Records Relating to American Prisoners of War and Missing in Action from the Vietnam War Era, 1960-1994
Reference Information Paper Number 90. Print version available in ALIC Library: CD 3023 .A35 no. 90

[Vietnam War] Operations Analysis (OPSANAL) System
Center for Electronic Records Reference Report #6.

Cold War

Historical Electronic Records Related to the Cold War Preserved in the National Archives and Records Administration
Speech given by Margaret O'Neill Adams at a Cold War Conference, September 26, 1998.

An Introduction to National Archives Records Relating to the Cold War
Reference Information Paper Number 107. Compiled by Tim Wehrkamp, 1988.

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RG 28: Records of the Post Office Department

Post Office Records  (1999)
This essay is adapted from Claire Prechtel-Kluskens, " Post Office Records 'Deliver'," The Record, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 21-22 (Sept. 1996).

M1131, Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1789 - 1832

M841, Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832 - September 30, 1971

M1126, Post Office Department Reports of Site Locations, 1837 - 1950

M601, Letters Sent By The Postmaster General, 1789 - 1836

M2076, Index and Registers of Substitute Mail Carriers in First- and Second-Class Post Offices, 1885-1903
Microfilm Publication M2076.

M2077, Indexes to Rosters of Railway Postal Clerks, ca. 1883 - ca. 1902

Records and Policies of the Post Office Department Relating to Place-Names
Reference Information Paper No. 72. Print version available in ALIC Library: CD 3023 .A35 no. 72.

Other NARA Finding Aids and Guides

1930 Federal Population Census
Guide to indexes, city directories, enumeration district maps.

American Indians: A Select Catalog of NARA Microfilm Publications

Print version available in ALIC Library: Z 1209 .V5 U52 1998.

  1. From the main Microfilm Catalog page, click Advanced Search (next to the Search button)
  2. In the righthand column, under Subject Catalog, select "American Indians"
  3. Hit "Search"

Barred and Disallowed Case Files of the Southern Claims Commission, 1871-1880
Descriptive Pamphlet M1407. Print version available in ALIC Library: CD 3027 .M5 N3 no. 1407.

Black Studies: A Select Catalog of NARA Microfilm Publications
Print version available in ALIC Library: Z 1361 .N39 U63 1984.
To search this catalog online:

  1. From the main Microfilm Catalog page, click Advanced Search (next to the Search button)
  2. In the righthand column, under Subject Catalog, select "Black Studies"
  3. Hit "Search"

Cartographic and Architectural Records
General Information Leaflet Number 26.

Checklist of Records Available for Research on the Far East, NARA's Southeast Region

Civil Rights Records
Reference Report Number 19, Center for Electronic Records.

Contemporary African Art from the Harmon Foundation.
Select audiovisual records circa 1975.

The Crucial Decade: Voices of the Postwar Era
Select audiovisual records. Print version available in ALIC Library: D839.3 U57 1998

Deaths of U.S. Citizens in Foreign Countries  (June 2001)

Diplomatic Records: A Select Catalog of NARA Microfilm Publications
Print version available in ALIC Library: Z 6465.U5 H43 1986

Electronic Records in the Custody of the National Archives
A list of records groups with electronic records in the National Archives.

Electronic Records Information for Archivists, Records Managers and IRM Personnel
Center for Electronic Records.

Federal Court Records: A Select Catalog of NARA Microfilm Publications
Print version available in ALIC Library: KF 4 .U556 1987

  1. From the main Microfilm Catalog page, click Advanced Search (next to the Search button)
  2. In the righthand column, under Subject Catalog, select "Federal Court Records"
  3. Hit "Search"

Federal Register Thesaurus of Indexing Terms

Guide to Archival Holdings at the National Archives at Kansas City

Guide to Archival Holdings at the National Archives at Philadelphia

Guide to Archival Holdings at the National Archives at Boston

Guide to Archival Holdings at the National Archives at New York City

Guide to Archival Holdings at the National Archives at Seattle

Guide to Archival Holdings at the National Archives at Riverside
Reference Information Paper 86.

Guide to Archival Holdings at the National Archives at San Francisco

Guide to Archival Holdings at the National Archives at Denver

Guide to Archival Holdings at the National Archives at Atlanta

Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States
Update to paper version compiled by Robert B. Matchette, 1995. Print version available in ALIC Library: CD3026 1995a

Guide to the Holdings of the Still Picture Branch of the National Archives and Records Administration
Compiled by Barbara Lewis Burger. Print version available in ALIC Library: CD 3027.S75 1990

Holocaust-era Assets: a Finding Aid to Records at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland  (1999)
Compiled by Greg Bradsher. Print version available in ALIC Library: D804.19.U6 1999

Indexes to Deposit Ledgers in Branches of the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company, 1865 - 1874
Descriptive Pamphlet M817. 1972.

Information about Records in the Custody of the Center for Electronic Records from the era of the World War II

Special List 29: List of Selected Maps of States and Territories

Managing Audiovisual Records: An Instructional Guide
Print version available in ALIC Library: AE1.108:M31/2

Photographs of the American West, 1861-1912: Select Audiovisual Records.
Revised 1974. 15 pp.

Pictures of the American City: Select Audiovisual Records

Pictures of American Indians: Select Audiovisual Records.
Select audiovisual records. Revised 1977. 14 pp.

Records in the National Archives--Pacific Sierra Region for the Study of Ethnic History
Reference Information Paper Number 83.

Records in the National Archives--Pacific Sierra Region for the Study of Labor and Business History
Reference Information Paper Number 101.

Records in the National Archives--Pacific Sierra Region for the Study of Science, Technology, Natural Resources, and the Environment
Reference Information Paper Number 100.

Records of the Commissioners of Claims (Southern Claims Commission), 1871-1880
Descriptive Pamphlet M87. Print version available in ALIC Library: CD 3027 .M5 N3 no. 87.

Registers of Signatures of Depositors in Branches of the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company, 1865 - 1874
Descriptive Pamphlet M816. 1970. Print version available in ALIC Library: CD 3027 .M5N3 no. 816

Records Relating to North American Railroads
Reference Information Paper Number 91. Compiled by David Pfeiffer. Print version available in ALIC Library: CD 3023 .A35 no. 91.

Report of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
available in ALIC Library: Pr 36.8 :K 38/H + 35/v. + 1-26. 1964

Southern Claims Commission Approved Claims, 1871-1880: Alabama
Descriptive Pamphlet M2062. Print version available in ALIC Library: CD 3027 .M5 N3 no. 2062.

Southern Claims Commission Approved Claims, 1871-1880: Georgia
Descriptive Pamphlet M1658. Print version available in ALIC Library: CD 3027 .M5 N3 no. 1658.

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Preservation

Archives II, National Archives at College Park: Using Technology to Safeguard Archival Records
NARA Technical Information Paper Number 13, 1997.Print version available in ALIC Library: CD 971.N35 no.13

Archival Copies of Thermofax, Verifax, and Other Unstable Records
By Norvell Jones M.M. Technical Information Paper Number 5, 1990. Print version available in ALIC library: CD 971 .N35 no.5

At-A-Glance Guide to Document Handling and Holdings Maintenance
Staff Guide for researchers handling documents.

Digital-imaging and Optical Digital Data Disk Storage Systems: Long-term Access Strategies for Federal Agencies
Technical Information Paper Number 12.

Fact Sheet: New Encasements for the Charters of Freedom
Preservation of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

NARA's Specifications for Housing Enclosures for Archival Records  (1991-1996)

A National Archives Strategy for the Development and Implementation of Standards for the Creation, Transfer, Access, and Long-Term Storage of Electronic Records of the Federal Government
Technical Information Paper Number 8.

Technical Requirements for the Duplication of Black and White Negatives  (May 2001)
By Steven Puglia

Guidelines for Shelving Bound Volumes  (1990)
By Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler

Preservation of Archival Records: Holdings Maintenance at the National Archives
Technical Information Paper Number 6, 1990 by Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler. Print version available in ALIC Library: CD 971.N35 no.6

Cold Storage Handling Guidelines for Photographs  (1991)
By Sarah S. Wagner.

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Disaster Preparedness and Response

A Primer on Disaster Preparedness, Management and Response: Paper-based Materials (October, 1993)
Print version available in ALIC Library: Z 701.3 .P38 P7

Vital Records and Records Disaster Mitigation and Recovery  (1999)

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Microfilm and Audiovideo Management

Managing Audiovisual Records  (1999)
Print version (1996) available in ALIC Library: AE 108 .M

National Archives Descriptive Pamphlets for Microfilm
(St. Louis County Library Special Collections)

The Selection and Preparation of Records for Publication on Microfilm
Staff Information Paper Number 19, 1970, by Frank B.Evans.

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