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  • Telephone System Changes for Research Services

    New Toll-Free Number for Researchers: 1-866-272-6272

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  • Partial closure of Pepco lot next to College Park Building

    At the National Archives at College Park, Pepco continues work to replace a transmission tower and associated lines. This phase of the project requires a partial closure of the Pepco satellite parking lot.

    At this time, half of the parking spaces in the Pepco lot are coned off and unavailable for use. A ground safety crew is on-site to manage pedestrian traffic between the lot and our building. The work is expected to be completed by March 12. Once the overhead work is completed the lot will be fully opened for normal use.

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What's New for Researchers

2015 Holiday Closures at NARA Research Centers Nationwide

National Archives research facilities are closed or closing early on the dates listed below.

The Exhibit Hall at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, is open every day except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Thanksgiving Wednesday, November 25Close at 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 26Closed
Friday, November 27Open
Saturday, November 28Open
Christmas Thursday, December 24Close at 3:00 p.m.
Friday, December 25Closed
Saturday, December 26Closed
New YearThursday, December 31Open
Friday, January 1Closed
Saturday, January 2Closed

New Research Pages Online

Online Ordering

Microfilm can now be searched and ordered online

Copies of Records can be ordered online for:

  • Federal military pension applications files for military service from the American Revolution up to before World War I.
  • Individual pages of Federal population census schedules, 1790-1930.
  • Land entry files (such as credit, cash, homestead, and mineral) or surrendered military bounty-land warrants files (Acts of 1788, 1812, 1847, 1850, and 1855).
  • Bounty-land warrant application files for Federal military service before 1856.
  • Ship passenger arrival records, 1820-1959.
  • Eastern Cherokee application records, 1906-1909.
  • Compiled military service records for regular forces up to before World War I.

Online Research

Use the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) system to search some of NARA's electronic records holdings.

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