Recover Lost and Stolen Documents

About the Archival Recovery Program

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Archival Recovery Program (ARP) was created by NARA's Office of the Inspector General as the Archival Recovery Team (ART) in 2006, as a response to several thefts of holdings by both trusted employees and researchers.

Then in August 2015, responsibility for non-law enforcement recovery activities of ART was transferred to the NARA Office of the Chief Operating Officer, while the Office of Inspector General still investigates accusations of stolen records.

If you have any information about missing records or would like to know more about the Archival Recovery Program, please contact or call 301-837-3153.

If you are missing personal documents pertaining to your military service please click here: Veterans' Service Records