COVID-19 Updates


On October 18, we began to recall more staff to our facilities. The number of recalled staff depends on the transmission level (substantial, moderate, or low) of the county in which the facility is located. As conditions improve in parts of the country, we have been reopening our research rooms and museums. The expansion of operations for each level is detailed in our Reentry and Post-Reentry Plan.

You can still explore our online research resources, exhibits, and educational resources and participate in our Citizen Archivist Missions.

  • Where possible, we are hosting public events and outreach activities online and through virtual meetings. All in-person public programs, tours, school group visits, public meetings, external conferences, and facility rentals are cancelled until further notice.
  • Follow the National Archives on Facebook (USNationalArchives) and on Twitter (@USNatArchives) for immediate updates.

Research Rooms and Museums

Research Rooms

As local public health metrics allow, our research rooms will open on a limited basis and by appointment only.

The Archivist sent a message to researchers on November 8, 2021, explaining the reopening process. National Archives staff continue to serve the public remotely by responding to emailed requests for records and History Hub inquiries.


Our museums have reopened with limited hours and timed tickets. Continued operation relies on local public health metrics.

Notice to NARA Researchers and FOIA Requesters

You may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference or FOIA request or appeal. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience as we balance mission-critical work and the safety of our staff during the pandemic.

Notice to Veterans

The National Personnel Records Center is servicing only urgent requests related to homeless veterans, medical emergencies, and funerals.

  • If you have an urgent need for access to military service records, please use our online request tool or fax your request to 314-801-0764. This is a dedicated line for emergencies only.
  • If your request is not urgent, please consider delaying it until we are past this national emergency. We thank you for your patience and look forward to resuming normal operation


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We have sent the following memoranda to National Archives employees to describe plans and procedures for physically closing, and when possible as local conditions permit, reopening our facilities:

For additional communications to our workforce, including NARA Notices, Fact Sheets, and Social Distancing procedures, see the list in the FOIA area.


COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan

NARA’s COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan documents our protocols to protect the safety of our staff and visitors. NARA's Workplace Safety Plan implements Executive Order 13991, Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing (January 20, 2021), and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum M-21-15, COVID-19 Safe Federal Workplace: Agency Model Safety Principles (January 24, 2021).

What the U.S. Government Is Doing

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