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.