National Archives at Philadelphia

The National Archives at Philadelphia

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The National Archives at Philadelphia maintains the historically significant records of the Federal Agencies and Courts dating from 1789 to the present in: 

  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

These historical records are open to the public.

Notice: Public access computers and microfilm are now available.

Locations and Services

Come visit us at Townsend Road to use our brand new Public PC and Reference Room, ready for your research needs.

Researchers wishing to use original records (that is, paper and photographs that have not been digitized or are not available online) are still strongly encouraged to make an appointment at this time.

Please call 215-305-2044 or email us at to schedule a Research Room appointment, as space is limited.

14700 Townsend Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154-1096

Telephone: 215-305-2044

Fax: 215-305-2038



Monday through Friday, 8:30 – 3:30

Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Federal holidays.


* Please note that all Research Rooms will be CLOSED on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. 

All archival research/public access areas in every archival facility across the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) network, except the Presidential Libraries and Federal Records Centers, will be closed to the public on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Regular services will resume at the National Archives at Philadelphia at 8:30 am on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Online access to NARA holdings will still be available 24 hours a day via

Why are the Archives Research Rooms closing on this day?
The National Archives has a large network of facilities with staff who work collaboratively to provide in-person services for research. In order to better serve our customers, we have identified some key initiatives and development activities for staff to accomplish this day that will help us gain better control over the records and facilities in our care, and update our processes so that the research experience can be improved. Please contact us at or 215.305.2044 if you have any questions or concerns.