Innovation Hub


Citizen Scanning

Scanning room


You can scan pension records, bounty land files, and more in our Scanning Room in Washington, DC.

You'll take home a digital copy of your scans, and they will be available online in the National Archives Catalog within 8-10 weeks.

Please email to make an appointment.

Learn more about Citizen Scanning  

What You Can Do Here

Photograph of the Hub

The Innovation Hub provides a space for the public to:

  • Scan documents in our holdings
    • You get digital copies of the scans, free of charge
    • We get a web-quality scan to upload into our online catalog
  • Tag and transcribe items already in our catalog


We also have a space for groups to use for events that highlight the use of our records in innovative ways. These events include:

  • Wikipedia Edit-a-Thons
  • School group primary source research
  • Government agency presentations and meetings

Please contact if you would like to learn more about our event space.

Who We Are

Setting up the scannersWelcome to the National Archives' Innovation Hub. 

We are located at the National Archives at Washington, DC.

Learn how the Hub fits into the overall mission of the National Archives



boxYou can also help us out by scanning some documents from our various projects. Help us make our records more accessible.

Citizen Archivist Dashboard

magnifying glassFind out how you can tag and transcribe historical records online. You can help us make our historical records more easily searchable.