Philadelphia Archives branch of National Archives U.S.

Philadelphia Archives

Philadelphia Archives is located in the Northeast Philadelphia which is located at 14700 Townsend Road. Being part of the Mid-Atlantic Region they serve the geographic areas of Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia.

This Regional Archives maintains the historically significant Mid Atlantic federal records from 1790 to the present. The historical records, as well as select court bankruptcy records, are open to the public at this location and other regional archives.

So check the historical records, military and civil records while you are doing ancestry research. If you live close enough check into their volunteer program, this will help you with your genealogy.

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Address:   National Archives Philadelphia
                Northeast Philadelphia
                14700 Townsend Road
                Philadelphia, PA 19154-1096
Phone: 1-215-606-0112

Fax: 1-215-606-0111

Hours: Monday thru Friday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
           Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Federal holidays.

NOTE: The Townsend Road location is open for Researchers that wish to use original records (that is, paper and photographs; not digitized or online).

The Market Street location is closed. Public Access Computers and Microfilm are still not available at Townsend Road.

Renovations for these services should be completed in November. Updates will be posted to Facebook and the archives website as the renovation schedule develops.

Researchers must make an appointment.

Please  e-mail if you would like to join our mailing list, or if you have questions.

 There is more information please check the archives website, Facebook.

Special Note:  "The National Archives budget is devoted primarily to personnel and facilities, both of which are essential to our mission, "the Archivist stated, "O recognize these cuts will be painful; however, we are committed to continuing to provide the best service to our customers and best working conditions for our staff nationwide.

Washington D.C...As part of ongoing budget adjustments, Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero announced the permanent closure of three National Archives facilities. Townsend Road and a small "storefront" archival facility at 900 Market Street in the city center. These  facilities are in the same commuting area, and archival records are currently moved between the two for research use. The Market Street facility will close in 2014, and those employees will move to "Townsend Road or telework locations. The less than 5,000 cubic feet of archival records stored at Market Street will be moved to Townsend Road, where the majority of the archival records are already stored. The Townsend Road facility's research room will be modified to better provide appropriate access to researchers, and community outreach programs will continue.

Please check our pages for Pacific Alaska and Fort Worth, Texas the other two cities with closings.

When intending to go to one of the branches of the National Archives, please check the branch page on NARA's website or
call or email a request for additional information. Always check
for closings.

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