National Archives & Records Administration

For the record: The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) keeps up to 3% of all materials deemed important enough to preserve during the course of conducting US federal government business. A federal agency, NARA preserves, maintains, and provides access to documents that record important events in US history. To protect archives (including letters, memos, reports, and photographs documenting citizens' rights, federal officials' actions, and national experiences), NARA stores them in acid-free folders and boxes in dark spaces with consistent temperature and humidity. Some 95% of them are declassified. Created in 1934, NARA has offices spanning some 20 states and Washington, DC.

The National Archives Building in Washington, DC, occupies two full city blocks between the White House and the Capitol; contains 757,000 square feet of storage; and is home to the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence.

Archive storage centers are also located in more than a dozen other cities, from coast-to-coast, to protect and provide public access to millions of records. In addition, Federal Records Centers around the country provide agencies with active records storage, access, and disposition services.



National Archives & Records Administration


8601 Adelphi Rd Ste 4200
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Phone: 1 (301) 837-2000
Fax: 1 (301) 7137474
www.archives.gov

STATS


  • Employer Type: Government Agency
  • Archivist: David Ferriero
  • Deputy Archivist: Adrienne Thomas
  • Executive Director, National Historical Publications and Records Commission: Kathleen Williams

Major Office Locations

  • College Park, MD
  • Parkersburg, WV

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