The National Archives Catalog

About the National Archives Catalog

The National Archives holds historical U.S. government documents (federal, congressional, and presidential records) that are created or received by the President and his staff, by Congress, by employees of Federal government agencies, and by the Federal courts in the course of their official duties.

The National Archives Catalog contains descriptions for NARA's nationwide holdings in the Washington, DC area; regional facilities; and Presidential Libraries. The Catalog is a work in progress and currently contains descriptions for 95% of our records, described at the series level. This means you can find basic information about the records, including size and location, from the description. Additionally, every week we are adding more file unit and item descriptions, many of which include digital files.

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Features of  the National Archives Catalog:

  • Enjoy the homepage featuring background images from Catalog records
  • Transcribe and Tag digitized records
  • Add your comments on digitized records, descriptions, and authority records
  • Find what you need with an intuitive advanced search
  • Filter your search results by Record Group/Collection
  • Track your citizen archivist contributions with user account pages
  • Add data from scanned records to your developer toolbox with increased API functionality


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Limitations of Archival Content

The National Archives Catalog both links to and collects electronic records in a variety of formats from a variety of sources. Some of the archival content may not be fully accessible. Where NARA provides digital copies of records (e.g., documents, photographs, films, etc.), we also provide archival catalog descriptions of those records. If you require a transcript of a film or sound recording, or additional information about the records, please contact us.

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     Write to us at:

     National Archives and Records Administration
     Digital Public Access Branch
     8601 Adelphi Road
     College Park, Maryland 20740-6001