National Archives and Record Administration
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 National Archives and Records Administration
. . . to ensure ready access to essential evidence . . .that documents the rights of American citizens, the actions of federal officials, and the national experience . . .

Archival Research Catalog (ARC)
The Archival Research Catalog (ARC) is the online catalog of NARA's nationwide holdings in the Washington, DC area, Regional Archives and Presidential Libraries.

ARC allows you to perform a keyword, digitized image and location search. ARC's advanced functions also allow you to search by organization, person, or topic.
How to Search in ARC

The Archival Research Catalog (ARC) allows users to search descriptions of NARA holdings. Basic and advanced search screens give you the option of searching broadly or precisely. Keep in mind that only a percentage of NARA's holdings currently have descriptions in ARC. This percentage will continue to grow.

* Tips for New ARC Users
* Tips for Former NAIL Users
* Basic Search Steps
* Advanced Search Tips for ARC

Selected descriptions in ARC are linked to digitized copies of photographs and historical documents. See Historical Documents Online: Search Hints for Selected Topics in ARC for step-by-step instructions.

Basic Search in ARC

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Prepared by Lynn M. Burlbaw
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Created July 12, 2006