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What to expect when you research at the National Archives

  • This video addresses procedures and security measures at the National Archives in Washington, DC, as well as how to use the research room and records.

New Orientation Procedures for New Researchers to the National Archives in Washington, DC and in College Park, MD

New researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC and the National Archives at College Park, MD will view a PowerPoint orientation presentation before receiving a researcher card.

The PowerPoint orientation emphasizes the safe handling of records and explains the most basic research procedures, responsibilities, and rules.

New researchers should plan for a total of 15-20 minutes to complete the registration process.

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