Off-Site Research Guidance
In addition to the resources on this page, the National Archives Catalog is the best resource for conducting research off-site. The more than 2 million digitized and born-digital images viewable through the National Archives Catalog, represent only selections from the much larger universe of Still Picture holdings. The National Archives Catalog is the location of digitized and born-digital images in the holdings of the National Archives, and descriptions of analog and digital records series.
Several significant series of photographs are available in digital form, both for viewing and download, in the National Archives Catalog. As the Still Picture Branch continues to digitize more of our analog holdings, these will also be made available in the Catalog. To view all of the digitized material within the Still Picture Branch, view this search in our online Catalog. After accessing the catalog search, Researchers can narrow their search criteria by selecting the fields in the left column on the page. For further information about searching Still Picture Branch holdings online, view our blog post titled “Searching the National Archives Catalog for Still Photographs.” Sample research topics and a listing of related records are available through the Still Picture Branch homepage. In addition, you may want to view the Catalog Search Tips page. On our website you can also find a listing of each Record Group and its location.
A series described in the National Archives Catalog, or in the published Guide to the Holdings of the Still Picture Branch, might contain several items or several hundred thousand items. Few series will ever be listed by individual item. There are several search strategies that help users navigate our large and growing catalog. They can be found on our blog, The Unwritten Record.
If you need assistance with your research, you are welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or to post your inquiry on History Hub. If inquiring about images found in the National Archives Catalog, please include the number found in the Local Identifier field and the National Archives Identifier (NAID) when you contact us.
Researchers are welcome to download images from the National Archives Catalog. Reproductions can also be made on site in the Still Picture Research Room in College Park, Maryland. Researchers can find more information regarding on-site researcher on our webpage.
If you are attempting to verify that images credited to the National Archives are in our holdings, a search might be required to determine if images credited to the National Archives are located within our holdings. For more in depth searches, we recommend you or your representative visit our facility.
Researchers are also welcome to contact an Independent Researcher Available for Hire
The Still Picture Branch does not currently provide reproduction services, however resources permitting, we may be able to provide a limited number of courtesy scans.
- Record group number
- Box, folder, and/or divider designator where relevant
- Unique item number/ Local Identifier
- Local Identifier
- National Archives Identifier (NAID)
Reproduction work involving any still pictures in Presidential Libraries or in Regional Archives is handled through the respective site holding the items to be copied.