| National Archives at Denver
National Archives at Denver in the Denver Federal Center at Lakewood, Colorado.
- Regional Archives
- Building 48
- Denver Federal Center
- Lakewood, Colorado
- Microfilm Research
- Building 46
- Denver Federal Center
- Lakewood, Colorado
Telephone: 303-407-5751, or 303-407-5740
Hours and holidays: Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Directions, maps, and public transportation:
- By Car from Downtown Denver: Take Broadway south to Eighth Avenue; Eighth west to Kalamath Street; Kalamath south to U.S. Highway 6 (West Sixth Avenue); U.S. Highway 6 west about 5 miles to Kipling Street. The facility is at West Sixth Avenue and Kipling Street. Go south on Kipling 1/2 mile to Gate 1 of the Denver Federal Center. A photo ID (driver's license) is required to enter.
- Once you are at the Denver Federal Records Center, the Archives are located at Fifth and North Street.
- Take Main Street to Fifth
- Go north on Fifth to just before North Avenue
- Visitor parking areas are northwest and east of Building 48.
- Denver Federal Center Map
- Public Transportation: Call Regional Transportation District, 303-299-6000, for route and schedule.
Internet sites and databases:
- Rocky Mountain Region (Denver) Internet site shows what's new, workshops, programs, archival holdings, finding aids, FAQs, censuses, court, military, passenger arrivals, and Utah polygamy cases.
- Family History/Genealogy Research page for the National Archives Rocky Mountain Region (Denver)
- Access to Archival Databases (AAD) a search engine into some of NARA's holdings of electronic records. Search by person, geographic areas, organizations, or dates.
- Archival Research Catalog (ARC) the online catalog of over 63% of NARA's nationwide holdings. Searches by keywords, by location, organization, person, or topics, and for digitized images.
- Archives Library Information Center (ALIC) American history and government, archival administration, information management, and government documents for archivists, librarians, and the public.
Serves Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. Includes Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, Air Force Acadamy, Bureau of Indian Affiars, National Park Service, naturalizations for CO, MT, NM, UT, U.S. Food Administration, Denver Mint, Internal Revenue Service, Forest Service, federal censuses 1790-1930 and selected indexes, Indian censuses, passenger arrival lists, military service through the Spanish American War, World War I draft registrations for CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY, military pension and bounty land, Utah polygamy trials, court records of appeals, bankruptcy, criminal and civil cases in CO, MT, NM, ND, SD, UT, WY, and other states, U.S. diplomacy, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and Reconstruction, Native American-Government relations, westward expansion, and World War II, tours, genealogy workshops, and presentations.
Over 68% of the Regional Archives' records are currently described in ARC at the series level. If you do not find the records you are seeking, please contact the Rocky Mountain Region staff.
- Guide to Archival Holdings at NARA's Rocky Mountain Region (Denver) record group level descriptions of archival holdings including agency administrative history.
- List of Frequently Requested Archival Holdings at NARA's Rocky Mountain Region
- Federal Records Guide Search NARA's holdings of federal records at a very high level, to identify which record groups may have material about your research topics. Alphabetical index to the Federal Records Guide. Record Groups by topic clusters in the Federal Records Guide.
- Last Name Index to Naturalization Records (New Mexico), 1860-1963
- Chinese Immigration and Chinese in the United States: Records in the Regional Archives of the National Archives and Records Administration, RIP 99, 1996. Selected information pertains to records at the Denver facility.
- Loretto Dennis Szucs, and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, The Archives: A Guide to the National Archives Field Branches (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1988), 20-22. (FHL Collection 977 A3sz) WorldCat entry. Describes each field branch collection, microfilms, services and activities. Each of 150 record groups of the archives is also described.
If you cannot visit or find a source at the National Archives at Denver, a similar source may be available at one of the following.
- National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.
- National Archives II, College Park, MD, Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, and Treasury all after 1900.
- New Mexico State Records Center and Archives Archdiocese of Santa Fe, Diocese of Gallup, censuses, district court, land grants, wills, diaries, family papers, prisons, family and local histories, newspapers.
- Yellowstone National Park Archives records of major park projects, concessionaires, donated manuscripts, personal papers, hundreds films and oral history recordings.
- National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO., has millions of military personnel, health, medical records of discharged and deceased veterans of all services starting with World War I, and federal employee records.
- Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, Mormon records.
- Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder marriages and deeds.
- Jefferson County Clerk of the District Court divorce and criminal records.
- U.S. District Court for Colorado trial transcripts and court records.
- Denver Public Library 60,000 books, 75,000 microforms, online databases, periodicals, charts, clippings, manuscripts, maps, pioneers, newspapers and obituaries, histories, biographies, railroads.
- Colorado State Archives, Denver, birth index 1900- , marriage/divorce index 1975- , censuses, veterans' graves, city directories, prisons, court, military, naturalization, school records.
- Colorado Historical Society, Denver, agriculture, ranching, mining, biography, railroads, American Indians, Colorado towns, personal papers, business records, maps, census, newspapers, directories.
- Repositories in surrounding counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Gilpin, Park, and Teller.
- University of Colorado, Boulder, federal and state record repository, biography, periodicals, newspapers, oral history, ethnic studies.
- Repositories in other surrounding states: Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.
- Montana Historical Society, Helena, territorial/state records 1864- , manuscripts, oral histories, directories, fur trade, cattle industry, outlaws, lawmen, newspapers, periodicals, maps, images.
- North Dakota State Archives, Bismarck, state and regional manuscripts, databases, periodicals, maps, newspapers, oral histories, images, marriages, biographies, naturalizations, census, land, military.
- South Dakota State Historical Society, Pierre, naturalizations, newspaper database, cemeteries, biographies, pioneers, 1885 veterans census, American Indians, military, and lineage societies.
- Wyoming State Archives, Cheyenne, government records, oral histories, maps, newspapers, images.