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National Archives at College Park, Maryland Archives II
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Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  I have a question form.


National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001

Telephone:[1]  1-866-272-6272
Fax:  301-837-0483

Hours and holidays:[2]  Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; closed Sundays and federal holidays.

Driving directions, map, parking and public transportation:[2]

  • Driving:  directions, map, and parking.
  • Metrorail Subway:  In College Park, take Metrorail's Green Line to Greenbelt, Fort Totten, or Prince George's Plaza stations, where you can connect with the R-3 or C-8 Metrobus to the National Archives.
  • Bus Service:  Two main Washington Area Metro bus routes run from Metrorail (Washington's subway) to NARA's College Park facility, Metrobus R-3, and the Metrobus C-8.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

Archives II houses documents created after 1900 at the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, and Treasury, and modern military records.


  • Most National Archives records are arranged by record group. Record groups are based on the agency creating the record. For help identifying record groups to use for research see the following guides.


  • Research Our Records online catalog, new to archival research?, research in person, research a specific topic, research your ancestry, research military records, order copies of records, browse online exhibits.
  • Resources for Genealogists start your family research, events, browse popular topics, tools for genealogists, Family Tree Friday  blog, most requested records, 1940 census, genealogy-related articles, and caring for your family records.
  • Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States in National Archives at (accessed 5 April 2009). Provides a general overview of NARA's holdings at the record group level, and is intended to assist researchers in identifying which record groups may have material relevant to their research topics. This Internet edition is an expanded version of Robert B. Matchette, and Jan Shelton Danis, Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States, 3rd ed., 3 vols. (Washington, D.C.: NARA, 1998). (FHL Collection 973 A3gui). WorldCat entry.
  • Anne Bruner Eales, and Robert M. Kvasnicka, eds. Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives of the United States. 3rd ed. (Washington, DC: NARA, 2000) (FHL Collection 973 J53e). WorldCat entry. Explains records collections used most by genealogical researchers: Census, Passenger Arrivals and Border Crossings, Naturalizations, Military, Land, Native Americans, African Americans, and more.
  • Loretto Dennis Szucs, and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, The Archives: a Guide to the National Archives Field Branches (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1988) (FHL Collection 973 A3sz). WorldCat entry. Several page descriptions for each Regional Branch, but mostly a list of record groups by number. Relatively little of the book is about the main branch.
  • Christina K. Schaefer, The Center: A Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Capitol Area (Baltimore: Genealogical Publ., 1996) (FHL Collection 975.3 A3sc). WorldCat entry. Explains using research rooms, census, military, immigration, naturalization, passport, American Indian, African American, Confederate, tax, W.P.A., and federal land records.
  • US National Archives YouTube Channel - hundreds of videos about the archives and their collections and services

Alternate Repositories

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If you cannot visit or find a source at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • Alternate Repository {create link for each, and give line or two describing collection}

  • such as: NARA I
  • National Archives at _____
  • State Archives
  • State Library

Similar Collections

  • National Personnel Records Center
  • LC
  • FHL

Neighboring Collections


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Contact in National Archives (accessed 23 February 2014).
  2. 2.0 2.1 College Park, Maryland in National Archives (accessed 23 February 2014).
  3. "About ARC" in National Archives at (accessed 5 April 2009).
  4. "What will I find in AAD?" in "Getting Started Guide" in "Access to Archival Databases (AAD)" in National Archives at (accessed 5 April 2009).


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