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Celebrating Constitution Day icon portal graphicCelebrating Constitution Day

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.


Hispanic Heritage Month portal graphicHispanic Heritage Month

We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic-American champions who have inspired others to achieve success.


Photograph of a Workman on the Framework of the Empire State BuildingLabor Day

The National Archives holds extensive records created or received by the U.S. Government on issues of labor and labor rights.


Archives staff work to release millions of records related to judge Brett M. Kavanuahg circle portal graphic

National Archives Works to Release Records Related to Judge Kavanaugh

Each time a candidate is nominated to the Supreme Court by the President, the staff at the National Archives and Records Adminsitration immediately begin the task of reviewing and releasing records related to that nominee. 


National Archives Records Related to Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh portal graphicNational Archives Records Related to Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh

The mission of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is to provide access to the permanent records of the Federal government, which include Presidential records from NARA’s Presidential Libraries.


Celebrate July 4Independence Day—July 4

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.


1968: A Year of Turmoil circle portal graphic.1968: A Year of Turmoil and Change

1968 was a turning point in U.S. history, a year of triumphs and tragedies, social and political upheavals, that forever changed our country.  In the air, America reached new heights with NASA’s Apollo 8 orbiting the moon and Boeing’s 747 jumbo jet’s first flight.


Memorial Day portal graphicMemorial Day: A Commemoration

Memorial Day, initially referred to as Decoration Day was observed by many communities since the Civil War when the nation lost an estimated 620,000 casualties, roughly 2 percent of the total population at the time.


Girl survivor of the HolocaustHolocaust Remembrance Day

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.


Baseball patent graphicCelebrate the 100th Birthday of Betty Ford

In 2018, the National Archives celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Elizabeth Anne "Betty" Ford.


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America’s Favorite Pastime: Baseball at the Archives

As the 2018 Major League Baseball season kicks off, the National Archives celebrates America's favorite pasttime. Baseball has played a major role throughout American history.


Berryman cartoon about taxesTaxes

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.


Tet OffensiveVietnam's Tet Offensive: 50 Years Later

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Tet Offensive, one of the largest military campaigns and a turning point of the Vietnam War.


Harry Truman in his World War I uniformWorld War I Centennial

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.


Women's History ResourcesWomen's History 

The National Archives celebrates Women’s History Month, recognizing the great contributions that women have made to our nation. Learn about the history of women in the United States by exploring their stories through letters, photographs, film, and other primary sources.


George WashingtonWashington's Birthday

On the third Monday in February, we honor our first President, George Washington, whose birthday is February 22. We also traditionally honor President Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday is February 12.


Hockey postage stampWinter Olympics

The first Winter Olympics was held in Chamonix, France in 1924. The original five sports (broken into nine disciplines) were bobsleigh, curling, ice hockey, Nordic skiing, and skating.


Detail of a Facsimile of the Emancipation ProclamationEmancipation Proclamation

Although the Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery in the nation, it captured the hearts of Americans transforming the character of the Civil War. 


Portrait of Frederick DouglasAfrican 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.


An aerial view of the USS ARIZONA Memorial at the northeast end of Ford Island, with markers in the background indicating battleships lost during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941Remembering Pearl Harbor

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 more than 75 years later on the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941.


Celebrating the 225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights icon portal graphicCelebrating the Bill of Rights

December 15 is designated as Bill of Rights Day to commemorate the ratification of the document on December 15, 1791. 


Remembering Vietnam exhibit graphicRemembering Vietnam

This exhibition presents both iconic and recently discovered National Archives records related to 12 critical episodes in the Vietnam War.


Veterans Day icon portal graphicVietnam War

The National Archives has a wealth of records and information documenting the U.S. experience in the Vietnam conflict. These include photographs, textual and electronic records, audiovisual recordings, exhibits, educational resources, articles, blog posts, lectures, and events.


Veterans Day icon portal graphicVeterans Day

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.


Native American Heritage MonthNative American Heritage Month

The National Archives holds extensive records created or received by the U.S. Government relating to Native Americans. We not only hold these records, we provide access to them.


National Archives BuildingAmerican Archives Month

Each year in October we celebrate American Archives Month to raise awareness about the value of archives and archivists. 

 


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Solar Eclipses: Past and Present

The National Archives’ holdings contain a variety of interesting records related to previous solar eclipses. Visitors can see these in our catalog, and they can also stop by the National Archives in Washington, DC.


Amelia EarhartAmelia Earhart Records at the National Archives

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.


LGBTQ Pride MonthLGBT Pride Month

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.


Asian Pacific American Heritage MonthAsian Pacific American Heritage Month

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.


Public Service Recognition WeekPublic Service Recognition Week

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.


JFK 100Celebrate the JFK Centennial

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.


San Pedro, CA. Trucks filled with goods and children as last Redondo Beach residents of Japanese ancestry were moved to assembly center at Arcadia, CA. National Archives Identifier 536782Japanese American Internment

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.


Presidential Inaugurations icon portal graphicPresidential Inaugurations

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.


Election icon portal graphicPresidential Elections

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.

 

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