Washington DC archives and its branches are the nation's record keeper. There are 2 archives buildings
in the Washington DC area. The older building is in Washington and the much newer building is in College Park,
The following 2 statements explains the meaning and purpose of the National Archives:
OUR VISION STATEMENT: As the nation's record keeper, it is our vision that all Americans will unmderstand
the vital role records play in a democracy, and their own personal stake in the National Archives.
Our holdings and diverse programs will be available to more people than ever before, through modern technology
and dynamic partnerships. The stories of our nation and our people are told in the records and artifacts cared
for in NARA facilities around the country. We want all Americans to be inspired to explore the records of
Our MISSION STATEMENT: The National Archives and Records Administration serves American democracy by
safeguarding and preserving the records of our Government, ensuring that the people can discover, use, and
learn from this documentary heritage. We ensure continuing access to the essential documentation of the
right of American citizens and the actions of their govenment. We support democracy, promote civic
education, and facilitate historical understanding of our national experience.
The National Archives was established in 1934 by President Franklin Roosevelt, and the major holdings date
back to 1775. Some of the holdings are slave ship manifests, the Emancipation Proclamatin; captured German
records and the Japanese surrender documents from WWII; photographs of Dust Bowl farmers; Indian treaties;
and a document with the bold signature of "Bonaparte", the Louisiana Purchase.
Let us not forget the other records of the Washington DC Archives holdings: Revolutionary War Records, bounty land warrants and the Federal Census records from 1790
thru 2000, soon to add 2010. Census records can be researched from 1790 thru 1930. The 1940 census will be
released in 2012.
The main Archives and the other branches house millions and billions of all types of records, and yet the information we
genealogists and ancestry researchers want is not always there. Yes we still have to search local level
and state archives and libraries.
I have created pages for each branch to give you some idea as to what records are maintained at a specific
Don't forget the main Archives and the branches have much more information that I have shown here.
Note: There are 2 price ranges for requesting information from the Washington DC Archives. First is $25.00 and the second is $75.00.
I recently learned that you can request that the information be put on a disk and sent to you. $25.00 may have between 10 to 15 pages. The $75.00 package up to 100 pages.
Keep working on your American family history and enjoy the experience.
For more information go to:
For building II in Washington D C area go to:
Address: National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington D.C. 20408-0001
Service: 1-866-325-7208 Toll Free Number
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Pull Times for the Records: go to:
Try and visit the Washington DC Archives, when you are in Washington.
Check out each one of our pages:
Check out our page: 1940 Federal Census