Order Copies of Records
For a fee, Research Services staff at the National Archives at Philadelphia will make copies of documents, including certified copies for legal use, unless the physical condition of the documents does not allow reproduction.
Please be aware, Research Services staff will answer your questions and give direction for your research, but are not able to do your research for you. We do not charge fees for our reference assistance, but there are fees for making copies of records. There is a list of Independent Researchers Available for Hire who will perform research for a fee.
If you cannot visit us in person, we are able to provide reference service. Staff can perform a search and provide a page count and cost to obtain copies.
We accept money orders, personal checks (payable to the National Archives Trust Fund), and credit cards. We no longer accept cash.
Self-Service Copying in the Research Rooms
When you are using records in the Textual Research Room, you can almost always photograph or scan both paper records and special media, such as photographs. Please talk with staff before beginning copy work. We have one self-service copier in our Textual Research Room. Personal Scanners must meet NARA requirements, which are detailed on our Scanning Documents in the Research Rooms page. Cameras and smart phones may be used to photograph documents, but flash photography is prohibited.
Copies of microfilm can be made at self-service printers in our Public Access Research Room or by other arrangement with staff for a fee.
Common Research and Reproduction Fees
Mail Order Service
|Minimum reproductions order (25 pages or less at the $.80 rate, paper or digital copy.)||$20.00|
|Paper to paper (up to and including 11” x 17”)||
$0.80 per copy
|Basic digitized scan||$0.80 per copy|
|Record certification (record certification is an add-on service, the cost of which is not used to determine minimum reproduction order fees. Certifications will be charged per 150 pages certified.)||$15.00 per certification|
|Naturalization record (minimum reproductions order does not apply)||$10.00|
|Self-service microfilm to paper||$0.40 per copy|
|Self-service microfilm to digitized||
$0.40 per scan
|Self-service paper to paper||$0.25 per copy|
|Self-service scan (researcher MUST supply their own flash drive)||$0.25 per scan|