Welcome to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) of the United States of America.
What is the purpose of these web pages?
The Espanol area of our web site, Archives.gov, presents Spanish translation of certain information appearing on our English-language web pages. Our purpose is to help you learn how to obtain services from us.
Some links will provide you information entirely in Spanish. Other links will take you to information on our English web site that may interest persons of Hispanic heritage and/or persons interested in Hispanic culture in the United States.
Please note that these web pages are not a copy of our English-language web site. However, as long as you see the blue box in the upper left corner of our web site, you remain on Archives.gov.
What can I expect regarding Spanish translation at the National Archives?
To best ensure that National Archives employees understand your request, you or your representative should communicate to National Archives employees in English, which is the business language of the National Archives.
Translation services generally are not available at our facilities or by phone or e-mail.
Most of the historical documents in our holdings, which we serve to the public, are written in the English language.
If you can not speak or write in English, and if a friend, associate, or family member can not assist you, you may decide to hire a researcher to be your representative. Note: we do not know how many companies listed here provide services in Spanish. This is an alternative that we present to all of our visitors.
Is every historical document available on this web site?
No. Laid side to side, pages in our holdings would circle the Earth over 57 times! Because of the cost to digitize such a volume of materials, only a small percentage is available for research online. Our web site offers English language tools and guides to help our visitors locate these documents. To complete your research and use the records, you may need to visit us.
What can I use here?
- For veterans and their families
- instructions about how veterans and "next-of-kin" can request copies of military service records to support requests for benefits.
- The Charters of Freedom:
- Hours and Visitor Information
- Preservation guide - saving historical documents during disasters
- Historical documents
- Learn about our Presidential Libraries
We will add more information to these pages as we are able to do so.
Ver la versión en español de la información incluida en esta página.
View a Spanish-language version of the information on this page.