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from the Revolutionary War era to the records are available on microfilm. Most recent past; arranges
preserves of the historically valuable records in the records and prepares finding aids to custody of NARA are maintained in the facilitate their use; makes records
Washington, DC, area. Records that are available for use in research rooms in all primarily of regional or local interest are, of its facilities; answers written and oral
however, maintained in 13 regional requests for information contained in its
archives, the locations of which are holdings; and, for a fee, provides copies
listed below. of records. In addition, many important
Regional Archives National Archives and Records Administration
Anchorage, AK (654 W. 3d Ave., 99501)
For further information concerning records in the custody of NARA, contact the User Services Branch. Phone, 202-501-5400.
Presidential Libraries Through the
The records of each President since Presidential libraries, which are located Herbert Hoover are administered by at sites selected by the Presidents and NARA. While such records were once built with private funds, NARA preserves considered personal papers, all and makes available the records and
Presidential records created on or after personal papers of a particular President's administration. In addition to
January 20, 1981, are declared by law to
be owned and controlled by the United providing reference services on Presidential documents, each library
States and are required to be transferred prepares documentary and descriptive
to NARA at the end of the publications and operates a museum to administration, pursuant to the exhibit documents, historic objects, and Presidential Records Act of 1978 (44 other memorabilia of interest to the U.S.C. 2201 et seq.). public.
Presidential Libraries National Archives and Records Administration
Herbert Hoover Library
West Branch, IA 52358
Independence, MO 64050
Boston, MA 02125
Austin, TX 78705 Gerald A. Ford Library
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Adanta, GA 30307
Simi Valley, CA 93065 Bush Presidential Materials Project College Station, TX 77840
For further information, contact the Office of Presidential Libraries. Phone, 202-501-5700.
Federal Records Centers Federal
dispose of records of transitory value and agencies retire certain noncurrent
transfer to the Office of the National records to low-cost storage in Federal Archives those that have enduring value. Records Centers in accordance with The centers also offer technical established disposition schedules. The
assistance workshops and advice on file centers provide reference services, maintenance, storage, records disposition including loan or return of records to the
practices, and vital records. agency of origin; prepare authenticated
Reimbursable microfilming services are reproductions of documents; and furnish
available from most centers. information from records. The centers
Federal Records Centers National Archives and Records Administration
Bayonne, NJ (Bldg. 22, Military Ocean Terminal, 07002)
Karen L. Lucas, Acting
201-823-7161 312-353-0164 513-225-2878 303-236 0801 404-763-7438 817-3345515 816-926-7271 714360-2626 215-951-5588 413-445 6885 415-876-9015 206 526 6503 314538-4201 301-457-7000 617-647-8745
For further information, contact the Office of Federal Records Centers. Phone, 301-713–7200.
Records Administration To ensure proper documentation of the organization, policies, and activities of the Government, NARA develops standards and guidelines for the management and disposition of recorded information. It appraises Federal records and approves records disposition schedules. It also monitors archival records not in NARA custody, inspects agency records and records management practices, develops records management training programs, and provides guidance and assistance on proper records management. For further information, contact the Office of Records Administration. Phone, 301-713-7100. Laws, Regulations, and Presidential Documents The agency prepares and publishes a wide variety of public documents. Upon issuance, acts of Congress are published immediately in slip law (pamphlet) form and then cumulated and published for each session of Congress in the United States Statutes at Large.
Each Federal workday, the Federal Register publishes (in both paper and electronic format) current Presidential proclamations and Executive orders, Federal agency regulations having general applicability and legal effect, proposed agency rules, and documents required by statute to be published. All Federal regulations in force are codified annually in the Code of Federal Regulations.
Presidential speeches, news conferences, messages, and other materials released by the White House Office of the Press Secretary are published each week in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents and annually in the Public Papers of the Presidents.
The United States Government Manual, published annually, serves as the official handbook of the Federal Government, providing extensive information on agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches.
For further information, contact Customer Service, Office of the Federal Register. Phone, 202–523– 5227. IDD, 202–523–5229. Fax, 202–523-6866. Public Programs The agency has extensive education, exhibits, and publications programs that serve the general public, researchers, scholars, educators and their students, and Government. The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are on permanent display in the Rotunda of the National Archives building in Washington, DC, and numerous other Federal documents on a wide variety of historical themes are exhibited in its other facilities nationwide. Educational programs vary from the elementary to the college and professional teaching levels, stressing the use of primary sources. Free and fee publications based on the holdings of the agency are available in both print and electronic formats, and range from general information leaflets to archival finding aids. Many of the high-interest subject area records are published in microform. For further information, contact the Office of Public Programs. Phone, 202-501-5200. Fax, 202219-1250.
and recommendations for historical works and in cooperating with and encouraging various non-Federal agencies and institutions in gathering and publishing papers and other documents important for the study of American history. The Commission awards grants to promote a variety of historically oriented projects, such as archival programs, documentary publications projects, and archival and editorial education.
The Commission provides grant money for printed and microfilm publications of the papers of important American diplomats, politicians, reformers, scientists, and labor figures, as well as corporate and organizational records. A subsidy program provides grants to nonprofit presses to help support publication costs of sponsored editions.
The Commission makes grants to State and local governments, historical societies, archives, libraries, and associations for the preservation, arrangement, and description of historical records.
Educational programs sponsored by the Commission include an institute to train scholars in documentary editing and fellowships in the fields of documentary editing and archival administration. For further information, contact the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Phone, 202-501-5600.
Other Activities National Archives Trust Fund Board The National Archives Trust Fund Board receives funds from the sale of reproductions of historic documents and publications about the records, as well as from gifts and bequests. The Board invests these funds and uses income to support archival functions such as the preparation of publications that make information about historic records more widely available. Members of the Board are the Archivist of the United States, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For further information, contact the Secretary, National Archives Trust Fund Board. Phone, 301713-6405. National Historical Publications and Records Commission The agency supports the initiatives of this statutory commission in making plans, estimates,
Sources of Information Calendar of Events The National Archives Calendar of Events is published monthly. To be added to the mailing list, call 202-501-5525. For a recorded announcement of events at the National Archives building and the National Archives at College Park, call 202-5015000. For the hearing impaired, call 202-501-5450 for the announcement of events at the National Archives building and 301-713-7343 for events at the College Park building. Congressional Affairs The Congressional Affairs staff maintains contact with and responds to inquiries
from congressional offices. Phone, 202501-5506. Fax, 202-273-3139. Contracts Individuals seeking to do business with NARA may obtain detailed information from the Acquisitions Staff, National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740– 6001. Phone, 301-713-6755. Educational Opportunities Several courses are offered on archival and records management principles and on using the resources of the institution.
“Going to the Source: An Introduction to Research in Archives," is an annual 4. day course on doing research in primary sources. The course provides experience with documents, microfilm, finding aids, and research methodology to researchers from such varied positions as public policy analysts, museum curators, and historical novelists. For further information, contact the Education Branch by calling 202-501-6729. "Introduction to Genealogy" is a half
a day course offered several times a year to introduce genealogists to the records in NARA that can further their research in family history. There are also several half-day workshops each month that focus on specific aspects of genealogical research. For further information, contact the Education Branch by calling 202– 501-6172.
The secondary school program annually offers an 8-day workshop, "Primarily Teaching," to introduce educators to the holdings of NARA and provide strategies for teaching with primary sources. For further information, contact the Education Branch by calling 202-501-6729.
The "Modern Archives Institute" is a 2-week course for archivists that introduces students to the principles and techniques of archival work. It is offered twice a year, in January and June, for a fee. Students are advised to register 3 months in advance. Inquiries should be sent to the Professional Development and Training Staff, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, Room 3110, College Park, MD 20740-6001. Phone 301-713-7390.
A 2-day files improvement workshop and a 3-day records disposition workshop are designed for any Federal
Government employee with responsibility for the records creation, filing, and disposition process. For further information, contact the Agency Services Division. Phone, 301-713– 7100. Similar training is offered by the Federal records centers for agency field employees. For further information, contact any Federal records center (see listing in the preceding text).
A half-day program is offered by the Office of the Federal Register to provide public instruction on researching Federal regulations. The program, "The Federal Register: What It Is and How To Use It," is conducted in Washington, DC, and in major regional cities. For further information, call 202-523-4534.
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission "Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents" is held for 2 weeks each summer at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Admission is competitive, and applicants should hold a master's degree in American history or American studies or have equivalent training. The cost of tuition is $350.
The Commission also offers three fellowships annually in advanced documentary editing and two fellowships in mid-level archival administration. The editorial fellows work with document publication projects supported or endorsed by the Commission. The archival fellows work at a historical records repository in such areas as appraisal, collection development, personnel administration, budget preparation, and external affairs. The fellows receive stipends and fringe benefits for a 9- to 10-month period. The fellowships are jointly funded by the Commission and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Contact the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408. Phone, 202-501-5600. Electronic Access to Information Inquiries concerning the holdings and services of NARA can be made electronically. E-mail, email@example.com. Information about NARA and its holdings is also available through the NARA gopher and