In the event of severe weather, the National Archives facilities in Washington, DC, may be closed or open later in the day. Keep informed about our operating status through the OPM website, our Facebook page, or our status line 301-837-0700.
All National Archives research rooms and museums will be closed on December 25 and January 1. Research rooms in the Washington, DC, area and in the regional archives will close at 2 p.m. on December 24 and 31. See the modified schedule for research rooms in Presidential libraries.
For us to be able to answer your questions properly, you should be able to tell us:
the Federal and/or presidential connection to your topic;
what agencies, offices, or individuals were involved and what time period you are interested in;
and what kinds of records (textual, maps, photographs, electronic, etc.) you are looking for.
If you expect to use records that may be security classified,
advance notice is necessary so that the classification status of the records can be determined using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
When sending a letter or e-mail,
include your postal address and telephone number so that we can contact you in case more information is needed. Please allow time for us to respond.
Make your initial visit to any National Archives location, even those with extended hours
during weekday business hours
as early in the day as possible
Archivists whose help is needed to begin research usually are not available during evenings or
weekends. A late afternoon visit may not allow enough time for records to be identified and
retrieved from the stack areas for use on that day.