National Archives at Seattle

Order Copies of Records

For a fee, our staff will make digital or paper copies of documents, including certified copies for legal use (paper only), unless the physical condition of the documents does not allow reproduction. 

If you are researching at our facility, you can order copies at the time of your visit. 

If you cannot visit us in person, our staff can perform basic searches, then provide to you page counts and costs to obtain copies. Please contact us for more information about this service. 

It is important to note that while our reference staff will answer your questions and give direction for your own research, we are not able to do your research for you.  The agency maintains a listing of Independent Researchers Available for Hire if you would like to hire a researcher.

Self-Service Copying in the Research Rooms

When you are using records in the textual research room at the National Archives at Seattle, you have a few options for reproducing records. 

  • We allow researchers to use personal cameras and scanning equipment with prior approval. Copy stands are available. There is no cost for the researcher to copy records this way. See Plan Your Research Visit for more information.
  • You can also use our self-service copy machine at a cost of $0.25 per page (up to 11 x 17 inches). You can use the copy machine to make paper copies or scan to a researcher provided USB.  Bound volumes and documents larger than 11 x 17 inches in size must be copied by staff.
  • Copies of microfilm (digital and paper) can be made at self-service copiers in our Public Access Research Room or by other arrangement with staff for a fee.