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There are only two known in the world—parchment manuscripts of the Declaration of Independence dating back to the 18th century. One is held by the National Archives and displayed to the public in Washington, DC. The other was recently discovered in Chichester, England.
Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan disappeared during their attempt at a round-the-world flight in July 1937. The National Archives contains records relating to the proposed flight and the search for their airplane.
Join us on July 4 as we celebrate our nation's birthday! Find out about events in Washington, DC, and at Presidential libraries. Learn more about the Declaration of Independence, which is on permanent display in the National Archives Building.
The National Archives holds extensive records created or received by the U.S. Government on issues of sexual identity and rights. We not only hold these records, we provide access to them.
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The National Archives holds a wealth of material documenting the Asian and Pacific Islanders experience, and highlights these resources online, in programs, and through traditional and social media.
The first full week of May has been set aside as Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) to honor the men and women who serve our nation as Federal, state, county, and local government employees. This year's commemoration is May 7–13, 2017.
To honor the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth, 10 cultural institutions across Washington, DC, and Boston are partnering to mark the centennial of our 35th President.
The National Archives holds and provides access to millions of records created or received by the U.S. Government during and after World War II that document Nazi war crimes, wartime refugee issues, and activities and investigations of U.S. Government agencies.
While the National Archives does not collect or hold IRS tax forms or returns for individuals or entities, it does hold a wealth of material about taxes.
As the largest repository of American World War I records, the National Archives invites you to browse the wealth of records and information documenting the U.S. experience in this conflict.
The National Archives celebrates Women’s History Month, recognizing the great contributions that women have made to our nation.
To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of FDR’s Executive Order 9066 that interned Japanese Americans during World War II, the National Archives makes available its extensive related holdings including photos, videos, and records that chronicle this chapter in American history.
The National Archives holds a wealth of material documenting the African American experience, and highlights these resources online, in programs, and through traditional and social media.
On January 20 every four years, the President of the United States takes the oath of office. The inauguration usually takes place at the United States Capitol and includes a ceremonial program and a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.
Each year, we acknowledge the work done and sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform. On this date, our country remembers and reflects 75 years later on the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941.
December 15 is designated as Bill of Rights Day to commemorate the ratification of the document on December 15, 1791. This year marks the 225th anniversary.
Each year, we acknowledge the work done and sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform. The National Archives and Records Administration is proud to serve veterans and their families, especially through our work at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO. We are also proud to include many veterans among our staff.
Every four years, on the first Tuesday (after the first Monday) of November, we cast our votes for the next President of the United States. The National Archives and Records Administration has a unique role in the election process: NARA’s Office of the Federal Register administers the Electoral College.
September 17 is designated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. Learn more about the U.S. Constitution through our public programs, family activities, and online resources.