Resources for archival researchers.
NARA Research Guides and Ways to Search Online
- Archival Research Catalog (ARC): ARC is the online catalog of NARA's nationwide holdings, with
descriptions currently of over 63% of NARA's holdings. Perform searches
using keywords, by location, organization, person, or topics, and for
- Access to Archival Databases (AAD): AAD is a search engine into some of NARA's holdings of electronic
records. Currently there are databases and indexes from approximately
30 archival series; this number will continue to grow. Search by
person, geographic areas, organizations, or dates.
- Federal Records Guide: Search NARA's holdings of federal records at a very high level, to identify which record groups
may have material relevant to your research topics. This includes records that originated in the
executive, judicial, and legislative branches.
- Microfilm Catalog: Searchable database of NARA's more than 3,000 numbered microfilm publications.
The described microfilm include those created by or purchased by NARA for researcher use.
Determine which rolls of microfilm may be
the most relevant for your research at NARA.
- Browse list of Research Topics: For many topics, we have included related articles, finding aids, and search tips.
- Published research guides, articles, and papers: These include guides, articles, reference papers, inventories, and more, all designed to help
prepare you for your research at NARA.
- Filing manuals: These manuals outline the filing classification systems used by staff
in the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, and various departments and agencies of
the federal government.
- Finding Aids for holdings in the Regional Archives: Links to holdings guides, articles, lists, indexes to files, and other finding aids prepared by the Regions to
- Archives Library Information Center (ALIC): The Reference at Your Desk feature provides quick access to online resources on many diverse subjects.
Also search the online library catalog for holdings of the Archives libraries in Washington, DC and College Park, MD.
- List of Record Groups: List of all Federal records held in the National Archives in numeric order by record group,
along with some statistical information.