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National Archives (NARA)

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National Archives and Records Administration   




                                                                            Government info... right at your fingertips - look for some truly interesting things here!


NARA is the "nation's record keeper".

NARA houses the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

It also maintains:  approximately 10 billion pages of textual records; 12 million maps, charts, and architectural and engineering drawings; 25 million still photographs and graphics; 24 million aerial photographs; 300,000 reels of motion picture film; 400,000 video and sound recordings; and 133 terabytes of electronic data. All of these materials are preserved because they are important to the workings of Government, have long-term research worth, or provide information of value to citizens."


You can locate military records, citizenship papers, genealogical records and much, much more.

Go here to find lots of primary docs for classroom and personal interest.


photo credit: Rod Williams 2012


                                                                                       Searching for archives is different than searching for books in a library!

                                                                                               Click here to find out how archivists organize their stuff


Download the NARA APP for your iPAD






examples of items found here: 


 Presidential Timeline

  an interactive timeline that tells about events in each president's life


Online catalog (ARC)

 use this to find:

• photographic & motion picture holdings (they have lots)

• records that originated in the executive, judicial, and legislative

  branches of the federal government.


"Today's document"

  highlights a specific document daily


Docs Teach Activities

look at these activities for the exhibits.

The "What's cooking" exhibit is an example

The Civil War exhibit is another






go here!  go here! This is cool:


   examples of items found here:



includes History Day activities/lessons

lesson plans by era

***analysis worksheets


National Archives education home page

National Archives Education Tool Box

  includes analysis worksheets on the right side


Archives Research Tips


National Archives

  lesson plans


National Archives Experience

  •create your own historical movies

  •take a Pathways challenge - or make one for your students




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