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Guides to Records at the National Archives

We offer a selection of guides, finding aids, microfilm catalogs, and special archival publications useful to anyone, especially scholars, archivists, historians, and researchers.

Titles, descriptions and ordering information are listed below.


American Women and the U.S. Armed Forces: A Guide to the Records of Military Agencies in the National Archives Relating to American Women

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Covering the last two centuries, the records highlighted in this volume discuss women as participants in and victims of war, suppliers of military goods and services, and wives and mothers of soldiers. 1992.



Black History: A Guide to Civilian Records in the National Archives

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This award-winning research guide provides accurate, concise information about civilian records held by the National Archives textual, photographic, and audiovisual that can be used to study the history of African Americans. 1984.



Confederacy: A Guide to the Archives of the Government of the Confederate States of America

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This companion volume to The Union is a guide to the official archives of the government of the Confederate States of America. 1986.



Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States

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In this three-volume set, two volumes describe the nearly 1.7 million cubic feet of records transferred to the custody of the National Archives as of October 1, 1994, and the third volume indexes these descriptions. 1996.



Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives, Third Edition

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The Guide is an indispensable aid for researching family genealogy, local history, and social trends. 2001.



Guide to Pre-Federal Records in the National Archives

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This guide will assist the researcher in locating within the National Archives those records created during, or directly related to, the pre-Federal era of US history the period before the Constitution went into effect on March 4, 1789. 1989.



Guide to Records Relating to US Military Participation in World War II (Part 1) Superseded

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This series of guides identifies and describes the activities of the many military agencies that had a role in World War II. 1996.



Guide to Records Relating to US Military Participation in World War II (Part 2) Superseded

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This second volume identifies and describes records in the National Archives that document the activities of the many military agencies involved in armaments production and procurement, lend-lease, stockpiling and consumption of strategic and conventional industrial materials, shipbuilding, military construction, protection of the Western Hemisphere, logistical support, services furnished to personnel, surveys of soldier attitudes, and detention of POWs and civilian internees. 1998.



Guide to Records of the U.S. House of Representatives at the National Archives, 1789-1989

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Guide to the Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1789-1989.



Guide to Records of the U.S. Senate at the National Archives, 1789-1989

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Guide to the Records of the U.S. Senate, 1789-1989.



Holocaust, Israel, and the Jews: Motion Pictures in the National Archives

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This guide is an indispensable tool for locating films related to modern Jewish history in the National Archives holdings, presenting an annotated listing of films and portions of films produced by the armed forces, civilian Federal agencies, and commercial newsreel sources. 1989.



Holocaust-Era Assets: A Finding Aid to Records at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland

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This aid to locating records in the National Archives focuses primarily on efforts to identify, recover, and restitute assets hidden or stolen by Nazi Germany during World War II. 1999.



Reference Information Papers

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Reference Information Papers describe National Archives materials on specific topics found in several different record groups. The form and style of these Papers vary, and the records are described at the record group, series, or item level.



Trans-Mississippi West, 1804-1912: A Guide to Federal Records for the Territorial Period

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This multi-volume guide identifies and describes records in the National Archives that are associated with the American West. These guides alert readers to the research potential of these records and assist in their location. 1993 - 1997.
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Union: A Guide to Federal Archives Relating to the Civil War

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This guide provides an opportunity to study the vast collection of US Government documents in the National Archives that relate to the Civil War. 1962/1986.



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