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American Archives Month

American archives Month graphic banner using images from the National Archives holdings.


Celebrate With Us Share your experience on social media using the hashtag #ArchivesMonth. Follow @USNatArchives for updates and more on the National Archives! 

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

Spotlight on

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New York, New York • The National Archives at New York traces its roots to what is now a Federal prison in Brooklyn.

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Archives Spotlight: San Francisco • The National Archives is on the West Coast, too! This location contains over 55,000 cubic feet of Federal records.



Educator Resources • Locate teachable primary sources, find new and favorite lesson plans, and create your own activities for your students.

Military Personnel Records • The National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records (NPRC-MPR) is the repository of millions of military personnel, health, and medical records of discharged and deceased veterans of all services during the 20th century.

Civilian Personnel Records • The National Personnel Records Center's (NPRC) Federal Records Center Program maintains the Official Personnel Folders (OPF) of former Federal civilian employees whose employment ended after 1951.

Discover our blogs • The National Archives maintains multiple blogs in the interest of sharing more information with the public about our activities, and serve as a channel for the public to respond to news, upcoming events, and proposed projects. 

Our Research Facilities

National Archives Washington, DC

National Archives at Atlanta, GA

National Archives at Boston, MA

National Archives at Chicago, IL

National Archives at College Park, MD

National Archives at Denver, CO

National Archives at Fort Worth, TX

National Archives at Kansas City, MO

National Archives at New York City, NY

National Archives at Philadelphia, PA

National Archives at Riverside, CA

National Archives at San Francisco, CA

National Archives at Seattle, WA

National Archives at St. Louis, MO

National Personnel Records Center (Military)

National Personnel Records Center (Civilian)

The Federal Register

Our Presidential Libraries

Herbert Hoover Library

Take a behind the scenes look at “Today’s Document

Research at the National Archives at St. Louis

Discover fun facts about the National Archives

What we looked like in 1940!

Research at the National Archives in Washington, DC

An inside look: Boxing at the National Archives

Washington Area Exhibits

Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom • The permanent home of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States, and Bill of Rights—known collectively as the Charters of Freedom

"Records of Rights" in the David M. Rubenstein Gallery • Explore how generations of Americans debated issues such as citizenship, free speech, voting rights, and equal opportunity.

The Public Vaults • Embark on a virtual journey into the stacks and vaults of the National Archives. See some of the most fascinating original records in our holdings.

Nationwide Exhibits

Presidential Libraries • See thought-provoking and entertaining permanent exhibits that use artifacts, documents, photographs, and film, to introduce you to the people, places, and events that shaped the Presidents' lives.

The National Archives Traveling Exhibits Service (NATES) • View traveling exhibits in museums, libraries, historic sites, and cultural centers that engage and inspire diverse audiences. These exhibits draw from the holdings of the National Archives—a national network of Federal archives, Presidential libraries, and records centers.

Past American Archives Months at the National Archives