Open Government at the National Archives


The talents and skills of preservation and archives professionals are essential to the purpose of keeping, archiving, and serving records for use by citizens.

Our preservation staff work to ensure the material health of Federal records in our custody so they remain available for public use as long as possible.

Our archival staff work to ensure accurate description of records and to assist the public wanting to review records.

Both staffs ensure appropriate storage and handling of records.

Learn more about the professions' tools and tips, about current issues of concern, and how to join the mission of preserving and serving records.

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NARAís restoration of Let There Be Light (1946), John Hustonís controversial World War II documentary about the rehabilitation of psychologically scarred combat veterans, screened on the National Film Preservation Foundation’s website ( starting May 24.

Read the related press release.

Records Emergency Information
Preservation Conference October 19, 2012
Modern Archives Institute
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 Archivists can apply for NHPRC grants to support preservation and access activities and for professional education?

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