ARC Guide for Educators and Students
Part 3: Printing, Downloading, and Ordering Records Found in ARC
- Part 1: ARC in the Classroom
- Part 2: Search Tips for Educators and Students
- Part 3: Printing, Downloading, and Ordering Records Found in ARC
Descriptions and images found in ARC can be printed. To print only the image, put your mouse on the image and right-click for the Print Picture option.
You can also print out your full result or brief result (with thumbnail images) by selecting the Print icon. After the printer-friendly view appears, you need to use the Print command on your browser to print the page(s). Learn more about printing at ARC Help: Printing Search Results.
Both the thumbnail (small) and larger images in ARC can be saved to your computer or onto a disc or CD-rom.
- Right-click on the image.
- Click on Save Picture As.
- A window with options for where you would like to save the image on your computer will appear. (You may assign a new filename to the image. We recommend changing the file name to the ARC ID number so you can match it up with the description later.)
- Click OK.
- Open the file folder or drive where you saved the file and double click on the file.
- Or open a photo editor or an Internet browser and select Open from the File menu. Browse for the file and double click on it to open it in the viewer.
Check under the Use Restrictions listed in the ARC description under the Details Tab. Restrictions may apply to the materials, based on copyright or other use restrictions. Read information about Publication of Photographs Furnished by Still Pictures, particularly the section on Crediting the National Archives.
NARA's General Information Leaflet 17: Citing Records in the National Archives of the United States covers how to cite NARA records of various levels of description and media formats. Your students should refer to the leaflet when citing NARA records in their papers.
Ordering Records Found in ARC
If you would like to receive copies of any records you find described in ARC you can either request copies for a fee or visit NARA.
- Ordering Copies: For more information on ordering photocopies please go to our Obtaining Copies of Records page.
- Contacting NARA: If you have further questions about records you find in ARC, the location and contact information is available in the ARC description. The unit's name, address, phone number, fax number, and preferred email address appear. You may send an email to email@example.com with general questions about the National Archives.
- Visiting NARA for Research: Our research rooms are open to the public. You can visit the location listed in each description to see the records. Alternatively you can contact that location to arrange for copies of the records. Researchers should allow at least 48 hours for offices to retrieve records that are stored off site. For more information on visiting our facilities please go to our Planning Your Research Visit page.
- Visiting NARA with Your Students: See more information about visiting the National Archives Experience and bringing your class to visit the National Archives in Washington, DC.
No chance of making a trip to Washington, DC, anytime soon? NARA's Regional Archives and Presidential Libraries, located around the country, welcome school groups.