Finding Aids and Name Indexes
The National Archives has assembled a catalog to our records.
The catalog provides detailed descriptions of the series we, and other NARA facilities, hold. These descriptions can help researchers determine what series they should be requesting from and where those series may be. The descriptions also provide citation information for the individual record groups and their proper titles.
Here are some examples of record descriptions found in the NARA catalog:
Official Military Personnel Files, 1905 – 1998, U.S.M.C. – You can search for individuals within this series!
Outside of the catalog, our website provides some descriptions of our collections:
Auxiliary records are often used to supplement Army and Air Force OMPFs that may have been effected by the 1973 fire. However, they may also be requested individually and independently of the OMPF.
Historically significant individuals such as military heroes, political leaders, cultural figures, celebrities, and entertainers that are open to the public.