National Archives News

The National Archives Building

National Archives Building in Washington, DC, Constitution Avenue entrance (Photo by Richard Schneider)


With its massive Corinthian columns, allegorical sculptures, and the largest sliding bronze doors in the world, the National Archives Building is the most ornate structure in Washington, DC’s Federal Triangle. Sitting imposingly on Pennsylvania Avenue, halfway between the White House and the U.S. Capitol, it’s the work of master architect John Russell Pope. Completed in 1935, the building holds the records of our country’s history and symbolizes our faith in the permanency of the nation. In December 2023, the National Archives Building was designated a National Historic Landmark. (View the final nomination form.)

Selected Images of the National Archives Building


See more photos of the historical National Archives Building in this Flickr album.

Origins, Design, and Construction 

Public Spaces

Architectural Features

Through the Years


Your National Archives (1955)
A promotional motion picture highlighting the breadth of the National Archives' holdings and activities.

Transfer of Documents to the National Archives (1952)
Footage shows the transfer of the Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence from and remarks by President Harry Truman and Chief Justice Fred Vinson.

The Washington Parade: The Archives (1940)
Columbia Pictures made a short documentary detailing the activities of the National Archives a few years after the building on Pennsylvania Avenue was completed and opened.

If These Walls Could Talk (September 24, 2009)
A presentation on the history of the National Archives and its flagship building in Washington, DC.