The National Archives at Philadelphia

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The National Archives at Philadelphia maintains the historically significant records of the Federal Agencies and Courts, in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, dating from 1789 to the present. These historical records, as well as select federal bankruptcy records, are open to the public.

alert Notice: We’ve moved to Townsend Road! Our Research Room is open but other services are not yet available.
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Locations and Services

Townsend Road is open for Researchers wishing to use original records (that is, paper and photographs; not digitized or online). Researchers must make an appointment. We cannot accommodate researchers without an appointment at this time.

Public Access computers and microfilm are not yet available at Townsend Road.

14700 Townsend Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154-1096

Telephone: 215-305-2044

Fax: 215-305-2038



Monday through Friday, 9:00 – 3:00

Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Federal holidays.

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National News

In the event of inclement weather:

  • For announcements of closure or delay, call 215-305-2044.

News and Events in the Region

  • National Archives has gone cashless! As of September 1, 2014, we accept only credit or debit cards, personal or travelers or cashier checks for payment of reproductions. We encourage researchers to bring digital cameras or personal scanners to make free copies of records. Please remember that all electronic devices must be inspected and approved by a NARA staff member prior to use.
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  • Researching Slavery and
    Discover actions by ordinary and extraordinary people along the long road to freedom at the National Archives at Philadelphia.

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The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
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