Only the National Archives has a mandate to preserve and make available the records of what the Federal Government does--why, how, and with what consequences. Its mission is unique--to ensure ready access to the essential evidence that documents the rights of American citizens, the actions of Federal officials, and the national experience. The National Archives carries out this mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential libraries and on the Internet.
The National Archives at Philadelphia Program serves the geographic areas of Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia. It helps federal officials manage information by offering technical assistance and training and setting records retention and disposal guidelines. The regional office also provides cost-efficient offsite storage for non-current federal agency records and maintains the historically significant Mid Atlantic federal records from 1790 to the present. The historical records, as well as select court bankruptcy records, are open to the public at regional locations.