Research at the National Archives

Captured German and Related Records on Microfilm

See also the list of Captured German Sound Recordings

Revised October 1, 2012

Table of Contents


National Archives Collection of Foreign Records Seized, Record Group 242

Other Related Records, Records of U.S.. Army Commands, 1942- , Record Group 338

General records of the Department of State, Record Group 59

German Documents in Other Record Groups

National Archives Collection of World War II, War Crimes Records,
Record Groups 153, 238 and 549

Suggestions for citing National Archives microfilm of Captured German and related records


The National Archives holds over 70,000 rolls of microfilm reproducing captured German and related records, as described below. Reference copies of the microfilm may be viewed free of charge in the Microfilm Reading Room, National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001 (Phone: (301) 837-2015; FAX: 301-837-0483.) Self-service copies from microfilm can also be made in the reading room for $0.60 each.

Research Hours Days

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday - Saturday

National Archives Microfilm Publications are not available via inter-library loan, but specific rolls or entire series, except those containing privileged material ("R" rolls), may be purchased at the current price of $125.00 (domestic) or $135.00 (international) per roll by contacting:

National Archives Trust Fund
Cashier (NAT)
Form 72 Order
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001

For more detailed reference information concerning the records, please write to: Modern Military Records (RD-DC), Room 2400, National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001. Phone: (301) 837-3497, FAX: 301-837-1752, or via
electronic mail to:

A history of the American and Allied, public and private projects in which these records were created or assembled, exploited, described and microfilmed can be found in: Robert Wolfe, ed., Captured German and Related Records, A National Archives Conference (Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1974) 279 pp. [ISBN 8214-0172-6] [LC 74-82495].