American Archives Month
The National Archives is celebrating American Archives Month throughout October. Join us to learn more about how our staff make your history accessible to you! Follow us on social media and share your archives stories using the hashtag #ArchivesMonth.
Pieces of History has a collection of blog posts highlighting the work of our staff, along with some special videos.
Past American Archives Month posts have followed these themes:
- What made you want to work at an archives? What advice would you give to someone who wants to work at an archive? and What’s your favorite tool?
- Our "Archives Across America."
- How the National Archives is helping to lead the way with the management of digital records in the federal government.
- The work of archivists and the importance of archives.
- We the Poets. In 2014 the National Archives teamed up with the Academy of American Poets for published original poems inspired by the holdings of the National Archives and posted them on our YouTube Channel.
- The history of the National Archives.
- The work of archivists from our Presidential Libraries.
- "Holding It Together" looks at the many ways people have fastened papers together.
Stories about National Archives history:
- Our First Preservation Program
- The First Records
- The National Archives' Role in Amending the Constitution
- The Bill of Rights at 225
- Elections and the Electoral College
- The Presidential Libraries
- A Coast-to-Coast Archives
- Preserving the Archives' Past
- Building on a Tradition of Oral History
- The National Archives Goes Underground
- The Records of Congress
Discover fun facts about the National Archives
Take a behind the scenes look at “Today’s Document”
Research at the National Archives in Washington, DC
Research at the National Archives at St. Louis
What we looked like in 1940!
An inside look: Boxing at the National Archives
A behind-the-scenes look at our Motion Picture, Sound and Video Office and film preservation
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
Our Presidential Libraries
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.
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.
Google Cultural Institute exhibits • The National Archives has dozens of online exhibits about its history and work.