National Archives and Records Administration



8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001

Phone, 866-272-6272 (toll free). Internet,

Archivist of the United States John W. Carlin

Deputy Archivist of the United States Lewis J. Bellardo

Assistant Archivist for Administrative Services Adrienne C. Thomas

Assistant Archivist for Human Resources and L. Reynolds Cahoon

Information Services

Assistant Archivist for Presidential Libraries Richard L. Claypoole

Assistant Archivist for Records Services-- Michael J. Kurtz

Washington, DC

Assistant Archivist for Regional Records Thomas E. Mills


Director of the Federal Register Raymond A. Mosley

Director, Congressional and Public Affairs Staff John A. Constance

Director, Equal Employment Opportunity and Robert Jew

Diversity Programs

Director, Information Security Oversight Office J. William Leonard

Director, Policy and Communications Staff Lori A. Lisowski

Executive Director, National Historical Max J. Evans

Publications and Records Commission

General Counsel Gary M. Stern

Inspector General Paul Brachfeld


The National Archives and Records Administration ensures, for citizens and Federal officials, ready access to essential evidence that documents the rights of American citizens, the actions of Federal officials, and the national experience. It establishes policies and procedures for managing U.S. Government records and assists Federal agencies in documenting their activities, administering records management programs, scheduling records, and retiring noncurrent records; accessions, arranges, describes, preserves, and provides access to the essential documentation of the three branches of Government; manages the Presidential Libraries system; and publishes the laws, regulations, and Presidential and other public documents. It also assists the Information Security Oversight Office, which manages Federal classification and declassification policies, and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, which makes grantsto help nonprofit organizations identify, preserve, and provide access to materials that document American history.

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the successor agency to the National Archives Establishment, which was created in 1934 and subsequently incorporated into the General Services Administration as the National Archives and Records Service in 1949. NARA was established as an independent agency in the executive branch of the Government by act of October 19, 1984 (44 U.S.C. 2101 et seq.), effective April 1, 1985.



Archival Program The National Archives and Records Administration maintains the historically valuable records of the U.S. Government dating from the Revolutionary War era to the recent past; arranges and preserves records and prepares finding aids to facilitate their use; makes records available for use in research rooms in its facilities and via the Internet; answers written and oral requests for information contained in its holdings; and, for a fee, provides copies of records. In addition, many important records are available on microfilm and on the NARA Web site, at Historically valuable records created in the Washington, DC, area and in the custody of NARA are maintained in NARA facilities in the Washington, DC, area. Historically valuable records that are primarily of regional or local interest and in the custody of NARA are maintained in the NARA regional records services facilities (see the ``Regional Records Services'' section).

For further information concerning records in the custody of NARA, contact the Customer Services Division. Phone, 202-501-5400 or 866-272-

6272 (toll free). Fax, 301-837-0483.

Laws, Regulations, and Presidential Documents The agency prepares and publishes a wide variety of public documents. Upon issuance, acts of Congress are published in slip law (pamphlet) form and then cumulated and published for each session of Congress in the United States Statutes at Large.

Each Federal workday, the Federal Register publishes (in both paper and electronic format) current Presidential proclamations and Executive orders, Federal agency regulations having general applicability and legal effect, proposed agency rules, and documents required by statute to be published. All Federal regulations in force are codified annually in the Code of Federal Regulations, in both paper and electronic format.

Presidential speeches, news conferences, messages, and other materials released by the White House Office of the Press Secretary are published each week in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents

(in both paper and electronic format) and annually in the Public Papers of the Presidents in both paper and electronic format.

The United States Government Manual, published annually in both paper and electronic format, serves as the official handbook of the Federal Government, providing extensive information on agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches.

For further information, contact Customer Service, Office of the Federal Register. Phone, 202-741-6000. TTY, 202-741-6086. Fax, 202-741-6012. E-

mail, Internet,


PresidentialLibraries Through the Presidential libraries, which are located at sites selected by the Presidents and built with private funds, NARA preserves and makes available the records and personal papers of a particular President's administration. In addition to providing reference services on Presidential documents, each library prepares documentary and descriptive publications and operates a museum to exhibit documents, historic objects, and other memorabilia of interest to the public.

The records of each President since Herbert Hoover are administered by NARA. While such records were once considered personal papers, all Presidential records created on or after January 20, 1981, are declared by law to be owned and controlled by the...

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