Recover Lost and Stolen Documents

Contact the National Archives

Have you learned about historical materials that may be U.S. government documents (federal, congressional, and presidential records) removed illegally from the National Archives? Please tell us about it. Contact us by:

  • E-mail:   MissingDocuments@nara.gov

  • Surface mail:
    Missing Documents
    Office of the Inspector General
    National Archives and Records Administration
    8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740

  • Telephone by calling:

    (301) 837-3500 (Washington, D.C. Metro area)
    800-786-2551 (toll-free and outside the Washington, D.C. Metro area)

Please be ready to provide as much of the following information as possible:

  1. Your full name and contact information (E-mail, Daytime Telephone Number, Fax Number, Mailing Address).

  2. A description of the document(s) and why you believe it is a U.S. government document, including the document creator, creating agency, addressee, date, and physical description (e.g., size, format, type, and any signatures or markings that helped you you determine it was a U.S. government record).

  3. Where the document is now, including the name, address, telephone, web site, and e-mail addresses of the individual or organization holding the document.

  4. Whether the document is about to be auctioned, transferred, or disposed of in some way, including the nature of the action (e.g., auction, ownership transfer), the proposed date and nature (e.g., online, in person) of the auction, and who has transferred or placed the materials at the auction (if known).

  5. Why you believe the document may belong to the National Archives: State, for example, if the document in question is an original Presidential pardon or a treaty.

  6. Other Information: List any additional information that would be helpful in determining whether the historical document is a U.S. governmental record such as Federal agency file code markings, signatures, or address lines to governmental officials.

Privacy note:   NARA encourages and welcomes anonymous tips on lost or stolen documents. It is the policy of NARA and the Office of the Inspector General to protect the identity of any source who provides information regarding lost or stolen documents.

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