Archives Library Information Center (ALIC)

Archives and Records Management Resources

Bibliographies, Web links, and Professional Organizations



Quick facts about NARA

Archivists of the United States: 1934 to Present

Time line: NARA and the archival profession

A Short History of the National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.

NARA Research Centers, Nationwide

NARA Programs and Publications


Archival Research

Getting Started
NARA's guide to conducting research includes information about differences between libraries and archives. There is also a list of tools to help researchers navigate through and understand the contents of various collections at the National Archives.

Archival databases at ALIC
These archival databases are accessible to NARA staff nationwide and to researchers at NARA facilities.

A Classroom Called NARA
This Spotlight on NARA feature on workshops for teachers and students appeared in the Fall 2002 Prologue.

Research Tutorial
Princeton's Rare Books and Special Collections' tutorial "discusses the nature of primary research and the methods and procedures through which it can be carried out productively."

Citing Records in the National Archives of the United States: General Information Leaflet, Number 17
Guidelines for citing unpublished records held by the National Archives and Records Administration.

State Archives and Historical Societies
How to reach state archives, libraries, and historical societies.



Archives and Records Management Links

Archives & Manuscripts
"A librarian’s choice of the best of the web" dealing with archives and manuscripts.

Archival research
Overview of the work done with primary sources by the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO).

The Archivist's Daybook
Conferences & meetings for archivists and librarians maintained by the Society of Southwest Archivists.

State Electronic Records
Compiled by the Archives Resource Center, this site lists links for states' electronic records webpages..


Repositories & Exhibits

Archivenet: National Archives around the World
This Dutch site links to nearly 4000 governmental archives worldwide.

Archives Portal Europe
"The Archives Portal Europe provides access to information on archival material from different European countries as well as information on archival institutions throughout the continent."

Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web
This site, created by the Smithsonian Libraries, provides a searchable database of online exhibits from around the world.

Online Archive of California
A core component of the California Digital Library, the Online Archive of California (OAC) is a digital information resource that provides access to archival materials across California.

The National Archives of England, Wales, and the UK
Explore documents covering one thousand years of British history.

Affiliated Archives
Directory and holdings information for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) affiliated archives, records that by formal, written agreement with NARA, are accessioned holdings of the National Archives.

National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA) Member Web Sites
Links to the websites of members of NAGARA.



A Bibliography of Glossaries for Archivists, Record Managers, Special Collections, Manuscript Curators, and other Related Information Professionals

Society of American Archivists: Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology

Introduction to archival terminology



A Bibliography of Glossaries for Archivists, Record Managers, Special Collections, Manuscript Curators, and other Related Information Professionals

Publications on CoOL
From CoOL, the Conservation OnLine page, Stanford University

Electronic and Special Media Records Services Staff Bibliography
This bibliography lists a selection of publications, presentations, CIDS papers, and unpublished manuscripts authored by current and former members of NARA's Electronic and Special Media Records Services staff



Digitization 101



Professional Organizations


Academy of Certified Archivists

Associated Organizations & Associations

Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA)

Association of Records Managers and Administrators, Inc. (ARMA)

Association for Social Science Information Service and Technology (IASSIST)

International Council on Archives (ICA)

Irish Society for Archives


Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC)

Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC): DC Caucus

National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA)

Society of American Archivists (SAA)

Preservation & Conservation

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)

Conservation OnLine (CoOL)

Technical leaflets about conservation and preservation from the National Park Service.

Harvard Library Preservation Services

Library of Congress Preservation

National Film Preservation Board

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC)


American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

American Society For Testing and Materials (ASTM)

Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM)

National Information Standards Organization (NISO)