The National Archives at Philadelphia

Access to Military Federal Agency Records
at the National Archives at Philadelphia

Records Available

The National Archives at Philadelphia has original archival records for Federal military agencies in the states of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. The archival collection includes paper documents, photographs, maps, and architectural drawings dating from 1789 to 1980s. Several Federal military offices are represented in the collection such as the Surgeon General (RG 112), the Quartermaster General (RG 92), Army Corps of Engineers (RG 77), Naval Operations (RG 38), and the Army Air Forces (RG 18).

The research potential of the National Archives at Philadelphia's archival collection is endless. Military subjects covered include the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Norfolk Navy Yard, Army Corps of Engineers civil projects, Civil War, Army and Navy veterans homes, Army hospitals, ordnance depots, and Navy air stations. Federal law requires Federal agencies to transfer historic archival records to NARA.

Selected finding aids, including a comprehensive guide to archival records, are available by mail and the NARA web site.

For information about researching veterans service and pension records, see Access to Military Service and Pension Records.

Records Request Process

The public may visit the archives facility in person, or contact us by mail, telephone, fax, mail, or e-mail.

Contact Information

National Archives
14700 Townsend Road
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19154-1096

Telephone: (215) 606-0100
Fax: (215) 606-0111

In your correspondence, please include your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail. Please provide as much information as possible about your research topic, such as the record group, important names, time period, and geographic location.

Visitors to the Archives Facility

The public may visit the archives in person. Visitors should call in advance to verify that records related to their research are available. We will confirm the availability of records and schedule an appointment.

Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

To use archival records, visitors must present a NARA researcher identification card. Applicants must show official identification with a photograph, such as a driver's license, passport, school, or business ID. Applicants must complete a form providing their name, address, telephone number, and a brief description of their research.

Please allow several minutes to complete the registration process. NARA researcher ID cards are valid for 1 year. They may be renewed.

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The archives facilty has self-service paper copiers and self-service microfilm copiers. It also provides a copying service. See our current fees. Staff may restrict copying if the records are fragile or have other limitations.

We accept cash, money order, personal check (payable to the National Archives Trust Fund), and credit cards.

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