National Archives at Chicago

Order Copies of Records

For a fee, Research Services staff will make copies of documents, including certified copies for legal use, unless the physical condition of the documents does not allow reproduction. 

Please be aware, Research Services staff will answer your questions and give direction for your research, but are not able to do your research for you.  We do not charge fees for our reference assistance, but there are fees for making copies of records.  There is a list of Independent Researchers Available for Hire who will perform research for a fee.

If you cannot visit us in person, we are able to provide reference service. Staff can perform a search and provide a page count and cost to obtain copies.

We accept money orders, personal checks (payable to the National Archives Trust Fund), and credit cards. We no longer accept cash.

Self-Service Copying in the Research Rooms

When you are using records in the Textual Research Room, you can almost always photograph or scan both paper records and special media, such as photographs. Please talk with staff before beginning copy work. We do not have a self-service copier for original records. See also our information on using scanners. Cameras and smart phones may be used to photograph documents, but flash photography is prohibited.

Copies of microfilm can be made at self-service printers in our Microfilm Research Room or by other arrangement with staff for a fee.

Common Research and Reproduction Fees

Mail Order Service


Minimum reproductions order (25 pages or less at the $.80 rate, paper or digital copy.) $20.00
Paper to paper (up to and including 11” x 17”)

$0.80 per copy

Basic digitized scan $0.80 per copy
Record certification (record certification is an add-on service, the cost of which is not used to determine minimum reproduction order fees. Certifications will be charged per 150 pages certified.) $15.00 per certification
Naturalization record (minimum reproductions order does not apply) $10.00

On-Site Service


Self-service microfilm to paper $0.40 per copy
Self-service microfilm to digitized

$0.40 per scan

See how to order copies of other records at the National Archives.