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The National Archives in College Park houses textual and microfilm records relating to:

·         Textual records from most civilian agencies

·         Army records dating from World War I

·         Naval records dating from World War II

·         Still pictures

They are located at National Archives at College Park
8601 Adelphi Road College Park, MD 20740-6001

Web site: http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/college-park/researcher-info.html#pull

Research Hours

·         Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

·         Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

·         Pull Times for Records:
Monday-Friday: 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday there is an additional pull at 3:30 p.m.

1st you will need to attend Orientation and learn Research Room Procedures

New researchers will view a short PowerPoint orientation emphasizing the safe handling of records and explaining the most basic research procedures, responsibilities, and rules. New researchers should plan for a total of 15-20 minutes to complete the registration process. Your researcher pass is then good for return trips.

Summary of Research Room Rules Recommendations

·         Paper and pencils are provided to researchers. Pens and notebooks are not allowed.

·         Researchers may bring approved loose paper research notes, hand-held wallets, and coin purses into research rooms, but those items are subject to inspection when researchers enter or leave the research complex. Bring in as little as possible. They will staple your notes together and stamp them after inspection for control of documents. They inspect all material before leaving building.

·         Researchers may not bring briefcases, backpacks, purses, boxes, or other large containers into the research rooms.

·         Lockers are available. A quarter is required, but is refunded when the locker key is returned. The lockers are emptied nightly.

Special Equipment

·         Researchers may use their own personal computers, approved scanners, tape recorders, tape decks, cameras (we provide copy stands for small format cameras only), and other equipment in the Research Center, but cases, bags, and boxes must remain in lockers located in the basement. Equipment carts are available in Room 1000. Personal copiers and auto-feed or hand-held scanners are not permitted. A camera is a must have. You can take pictures of pictures or have staff scan image for you at cost $3.00 per image.


·         Copy machines are available to copy documents (cash only)

Archival Research Catalog (ARC)

·         ARC is the online catalog for NARA's nationwide holdings, located in the Washington, DC area, the Regional Archives, and Presidential Libraries. We currently have descriptions in ARC for over 63% of NARA's holdings. You can perform searches using keywords, and search by location, organization, person, topic, and for digitized images. Research before you go
Go to ARC

·         To specifically search among the 126,500 digitized documents, photos, and images accessible online, you may want to start in the ARC Galleries, Selected Topics. Research before you go

·         A search of ARC “aircraft accident” found 683 files

Use aircraft model, serial number, pilot name and or date to narrow the search

Example: “B-18 aircraft accident” found 94 records


File No. 452.1-43, RD No. 2433 - Aircraft Accident Report Correspondence Beech At - 10 Williams Field, Arizona 1942 ARC Identifier 2955171 / MLR Number P 26

File Unit from Record Group 342: Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations, 1900 - 2003

Container ID:



Bring list with you of pre-researched items, submit them for the next pull of records after you arrive. Include container number so staff can locate file. While waiting for records to be pulled, research other records On site they have more index binders to assist finding more material that is not listed in ARC. They also have staff available to assist finding material, (they were very helpful to me).  

The place is Huge! Be prepared! Set priorities before visiting! The biggest problem is just finding what you are looking for.

The payoff: Bringing Unpublished Photos & Unpublished Records to light!

It is worth a visit if you are in the area. 

The truth is out there...It is just filed away somewhere.



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