Federal Records Management

Accessioning Textual Records


Annual Move

The Annual Move is a regularly scheduled process by which records are moved from the legal custody of federal agencies and physical custody of the Federal Records Centers to the physical and legal custody of the National Archives.

To learn more about the Annual Move and the transfer of permanent records from the Federal Records Centers to the National Archives, please visit our Annual Move page.


Direct Offers

Direct Offers are records offered by Federal agencies without NARA prompting. Direct Offers are primarily located at one of the agency’s facilities.


Finding Aids

All transfers to the National Archives must be accompanied with a finding aid in order to facilitate description and access by NARA staff and the public.




Contact Us

For questions about:

Textual records accessioning at Archives I in Washington, DC or Archives II in College Park, MD, please contact:

Accessioning at National Archives field sites, please contact:

The Annual Move, please contact:

Appraisal and scheduling, please contact: