Policies and Procedures
Ordering Records Found in ARC
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.
For more information on ordering photocopies please go to our Obtaining Copies of Records page.
Most government records are in the public domain, however, some of our records may have donor, copyright, or other restrictions. Restrictions will be noted in the individual ARC descriptions.
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
Visit our FOIA page for more information.
Using microfilm copies of our original records
The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 1254.20 (b) requires that "researchers must use microfilm copies or other alternative copies of documents when available, rather than the original documents." This policy helps to preserve the original materials. The original materials may be provided only if legible reproductions cannot be made from the microfilm and the condition of the originals will not be harmed by handling.