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National Archives at Philadelphia

Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  Philadelphia.archives@nara.gov


900 Market Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(Entrance on Chestnut Street,
between 9th and 10th St.)

Telephone:[1]  215-606-0100
Fax:  215-305-2038
Hours and holidays:[1] Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Second Saturday each month, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Closed Sundays and Federal holidays.
Directions, maps, and public transportation:[2] The facility is located on the ground level of the Nix Federal Building. Enter on the Chestnut Street side between 9th and 10th Streets.

Subway: Market-Frankford Line. Exit at 8th Street.

Bus: Many SEPTA and NJ Transit buses stop in the vicinity. For routes that stop at the main entrance, SEPTA buses #9, #21, #38, and #42 stop at 9th Street and Chestnut.

Rail: All SEPTA regional rail lines and the New Jersey PATCO line have stations on Market Street between 8th and 11th.

Transit Contacts: SEPTA, Southeastern SEPTA, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, 215-580-7800

NJ Transit, New Jersey Transit, 973-762-5100

PATCO Speedline, Delaware River Port Authority of Pennsylvania and New Jersey (DRPA), (856) 772-6900

Car: From the north: I-95 south to Exit 22 (I-676 West/ Independence Hall/Callowhill St. exit), right on Callowhill St. at bottom of ramp. Left on 6th St. to Walnut St. Right on Walnut to 9th. Right on 9th to Chestnut St.

From the south: I-95 north to Exit 22. Left at 6th St. and proceed as above.

From the east: Benjamin Franklin Bridge to 6th St. Proceed as above.

From the west: I-76 to Exit 344 (I-676 East). I-676 east to 8th St./Chinatown exit. Right on 8th to Walnut. Right on Walnut to 9th. Right on 9th.

There is pay parking in the vicinity.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

Collections: The National Archives at Philadelphia maintains the historically significant records of the Federal Agencies and Courts, in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, dating from 1789 to the present. These historical records, as well as select federal bankruptcy records, are open to the public.


  • Valid official photo identification, such as driver's license or passport, must be presented to the guard at the door for entry. In addition, visitors and their belongings are subject to being scanned and searched. All belongings are to be stored in a free locker near the entrance. No food is allowed, unless attending a scheduled workshop.[3]
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  2. Directions at the National Archives Mid-Atlantic Region] (accessed 25 September 2012).
  3. Access Requirements at the National Archives Mid-Atlantic Region] (accessed 25 September 2012).