Congratulations! You have completed the History of NARA module. The following are important points to remember:
- NARA was formed because records were widely dispersed and in jeopardy, and various organizations requested a single agency be charged with maintaining the Government's historical records.
- NARA is an independent agency of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government.
- In NARA facilities around the country, customers are able to discover, use, and learn from the records and artifacts cared for by NARA.
- NARA staff, volunteers and contractors work together to provide the quality service our customers deserve.
- NARA is an important part of the Federal Government and continues to grow and embrace its mission of safeguarding and preserving the records of our Government.
- NARA will continue to ensure that American citizens have access to records that document the actions of their Government and that promote the historical understanding of our national experience.
- The mission of NARA is rooted in various laws that provide NARA with its authority.
In the next module, we will examine NARA's organizations and its facilities and how they are connected within NARA.