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The National Archives Catalog

Search the online catalog and other National Archives resources at once for information about our records.

The National Archives Catalog recently experienced intermittent technical difficulties that impacted user searches. Please contact catalog@nara.gov if you experience any problems using the site.

We’re excited to announce that the National Archives Catalog now:

  • handles the increasing number of digital images that we’re making accessible online in weekly updates
  • uses a new search engine to improve searchability --– including improved relevancy rankings and response times
  • allows users to transcribe our records directly in the catalog
  • indexes tags and transcriptions daily -– maximizing access all around

More improvements include:

  • updated user interface for search results
  • optimized interface for mobile viewing
  • improved tagging feature

We’re also launching a public API that will allow users to use, re-use, and contribute catalog data in ways that haven’t happened before!

Improvements in the Works

While we’re excited about these updates, it’s still a work in progress. We’re working on improving some known issues such as:

  • In the Advanced Search screen, select the specific data source to generate the advanced search fields for that source.  For example, select "Archival Descriptions" and/or "Archival Descriptions with Digital Objects," to generate the related advanced search fields.

We Want to Hear from You!

Let us know what you think – what you like and what you don't!  Discover a glitch?  Let us know! 

Contact us at catalog@nara.gov  for comments, suggestions, and problems you may experience while using the catalog.

News and Notices

  • The National Archives Catalog will be offline and unavailable due to system maintenance from Saturday, May 30 at 6 AM EDT through 6 PM EDT. If the maintenance is completed prior to 6 PM EDT, the system will be brought back online as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes our researchers.
  • Help us transcribe our records in the National Archives Catalog. For more info, check out our Transcription Challenge page!
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