Washington, DC Area, Suitland, MD

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

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What's New for Researchers

New Research Pages Online

Online Ordering

Microfilm can now be searched and ordered online

Copies of Records can be ordered online for:

  • Federal military pension applications files for military service from the American Revolution up to before World War I.
  • Individual pages of Federal population census schedules, 1790-1930.
  • Land entry files (such as credit, cash, homestead, and mineral) or surrendered military bounty-land warrants files (Acts of 1788, 1812, 1847, 1850, and 1855).
  • Bounty-land warrant application files for Federal military service before 1856.
  • Ship passenger arrival records, 1820-1959.
  • Eastern Cherokee application records, 1906-1909.
  • Compiled military service records for regular forces up to before World War I.

Online Research

Use the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) system to search some of NARA's electronic records holdings.

See other ways to Research NARA's records online

The Washington National Records Center (WNRC) at Suitland, Maryland



4205 Suitland Road,
Suitland, MD 20746-8001


Facility hours:   Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.. to 4:30 p.m.

Research hours:   Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Closed weekends and Federal holidays.

Visitor Information and Directions

Visiting the WNRC

Map showing new entrance procedures. Enter NARA at Suitland from Swann Road at Gate 5.

The Washington National Records Center (WNRC) is located in the Suitland Federal Complex in Suitland, Maryland, approximately 7 miles east of the Capitol. All visitors must enter through Gate 5 at the Federal Complex, on Swann Road.

You will need to schedule your visit, delivery or pickup of records at least a day in advance, no later than 4 p.m., so the WNRC can ensure the guards know who is visiting.

* Please arrive at least 20 minutes early to allow time for security processing.

* You must present a government issued photo ID to the security guards in order to enter.

Directions to the WNRC

By Car From the Capital Beltway:

  1. From I-495, take Exit 11B, Pennsylvania Avenue, toward Washington, DC
  2. Merge onto MD-4 N/Pennsylvania Avenue
  3. Turn left onto Silver Hill Road (5th traffic signal)
  4. Turn right at Swann Road
  5. Enter Gate 5 at the Federal Complex

By Car from Downtown Washington, DC:

  1. Take Pennsylvania Avenue east and across the Anacostia River
  2. Turn right onto Silver Hill Road (approximately 4 miles after the border with Maryland)
  3. Turn right at Swann Road (fourth traffic signal)
  4. Enter Gate 5 at the Federal Complex on Swann Road

Public Transportation:

The closest Metrorail station is the Suitland Station on the Green line.

  1. Take any Green line train traveling towards Branch Avenue.
  2. Exit at the Suitland Station (the second to the last stop on the line)
  3. (Note: It is some distance from the WNRC and there is no shuttle service between the two).
  4. Pedestrian traffic must enter the Federal Complex at Gate 5 at the intersection of Silver Hill and Swan Roads. The WNRC is located towards the rear of the Federal Complex.

See the Washington Metro website for the latest information on times and schedules.

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