The National Archives at Philadelphia

What's New?

September 2014 Update

Public Access Computers and Microfilm are still not available at Townsend Road. Renovations for these services should be completed in November. We’ll post updates to Facebook and our website as the renovation schedule develops. Please e-mail if you want to join our mailing list, or if you have questions.

Workshops are also postponed until renovations are completed.

First Friday Roundtables will continue and are hosted by the Independence branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia located in Center City.

In the interim:

Many of NARA’s microfilmed records have been digitized and are available on-line. See our Digitized by Partners page for information.

Some of the most frequently used genealogical databases are free at home and public libraries, including Family Search and Fold3; as well as NARA’s own AAD. See our What You Can Find Online page for more information on these., a subscription service available for free at NARA sites, is also available at Family History Centers and many public libraries. Check your local branch library for information. You can Find a Family History Center near you here.

Update on Availability of NARA’s Public Services in Philadelphia

We are currently in the process of relocating all operations and services to our facility in Northeast Philadelphia which is located at 14700 Townsend Road. Below is the current status of public services while we are in transit, as of June 24, 2014. Please check here for future updates or follow us on Facebook to get the latest news about the move, public services, and the records.

  • The Research and Reference Rooms at Market Street are closed. Access to original records is now available by appointment at our Townsend Road research room.

  • Reference room services, including public access computers and microfilm publications, are currently not available pending relocation from Market Street to Townsend Road.

  • Our closing date is Thursday, July 3, 2014.

  • The Exhibit Gallery at 900 Market St, featuring "Constitution at Ground Level," "Archives Alchemy," and "Education in Black and White," is open through Thursday, July 3, 2014.

Consolidation of NARA's Philadelphia facilities

The Archivist of the United States announced the consolidation of the Philadelphia facilities into one, on Townsend Road, among other facility changes. These closures will have an impact on researchers, educators, and other stakeholders in Philadelphia, Anchorage, and Fort Worth. National Archives staff will be working out the implementation details, including the effects of the facility closures on existing programs, over the coming months. We will keep you informed as plans develop.

We encourage you to follow National Archives at Philadelphia on Facebook to keep up with breaking news. We recognize that these changes will be painful for our users, and we are committed to providing the best service possible to all National Archives stakeholders. Working together, we will be able to ensure that the public will continue to have access to these records.

Please contact Meg Phillips if you have questions or comments, by email: or phone: 301-837-3111

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