Washington, DC Area

Washington, DC, Area Locations

Washington, DC


The National Archives Building in Washington, DC (Archives I), houses textual and microfilm records relating to:

The National Archives Building in Washington, DC.
More Archives locations

  • Genealogy
  • American Indians
  • The District of Columbia
  • Federal courts from the District of Columbia
  • Congress
  • Maritime matters
  • Pre-World War I Army
  • Pre-World War II Navy

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The National Archives Experience

The Rotunda of the National Archives Building in downtown Washington, DC, contains the permanent exhibit of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. The Public Vaults displays over 1,000 fascinating records (originals or reproductions) from the National Archives holdings.

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College Park, MD


The National Archives in College Park, Maryland, houses textual and microfilm records relating to:

The National Archives Building in College Park, Maryland.

  • Textual records from most civilian agencies
  • Army records dating from World War I
  • Naval records dating from World War II
  • Still pictures
  • Electronic records
  • Cartographic and architectural holdings
  • Nixon Presidential Materials
  • Motion picture, sound, and video records
  • John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection
  • Berlin Documents Center microfilm

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Records Management

Our Records Management staff provides assistance to Federal Government agencies.

More information about Records Management

Suitland, MD

The Washington National Records Center (WNRC) in Suitland, Maryland.

  • Records Center Research Room (requires originating agency approval)

The Washington National Records Center (WNRC) in Suitland, Maryland, provides records management services to headquarters and field offices of Federal agencies located in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. It also serves Federal Courts located in the District of Columbia and Armed Forces worldwide.

Federal Register

The Office of the Federal Register (OFR) provides access to the official text of:

Visit the Office of the Federal Register in Washington, DC.

  • Federal Laws
  • Presidential Documents
  • Administrative Regulations and Notices
  • Descriptions of Federal Organizations, Programs and Activities

We also administer the Electoral College and the Constitutional Amendment process.

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National News

Federal holiday icon All National Archives research rooms will be closed on Monday, September 1, for Labor Day. Museums in Washington, DC, and at the Presidential Libraries will be open. View all Federal Holidays.

Alert icon Our Online Public Access catalog will not be available from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EDT) Saturday, August 30th, due to scheduled maintenance.

  • Cashier Booths Closed
    Due to budget concerns, the Cashier Booth at the National Archives in Washington, DC, and in College Park, MD, were closed permanently on October 1, 2013. We have automated our payment operations to provide these services.
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Delayed Opening?
If OPM announces a "2 hour delayed arrival," the Research Rooms open at 11 a.m., unless otherwise specified. Check the Operating Status

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The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
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