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Denver, CO (Bldg. 48, Denver Federal Ctr., 80225).
East Point, GA (1557 St. Joseph Ave., 30344).
Fort Worth, TX (Bldg. 1, Ft. Worth Federal Ctr., 76115).
Kansas City, MO (2312 E. Bannister Rd., 64131).
Seattle, WA (6125 Sand Point Way NE., 98115)
St. Louis, MO (National Personnel Records Ctr., 9700 Page Blvd., 63132)
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For further information, contact the Office of Federal Records Centers. Phone, 202-653-8450.
Records Administration NARA develops standards and guidelines relating to the management of recorded information to ensure adequate documentation of the organization, policies, and activities of the Government, as well as proper records disposition. NARA is responsible for appraising Federal records and approving records disposition schedules. Other responsibilities include monitoring archival records not in NARA's custody, inspecting agency records and records management practices, developing records management training programs, and providing guidance and assistance with respect to proper records management. In addition, the Records Administration Information Center provides individualized assistance in answering records management questions upon request.
For further information, contact the Office of Records Administration. Phone, 202-724-1453.
Public Programs The Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of
Rights are on permanent display in the
For further information, contact the Office of
of public documents. Upon issuance, acts of Congress are published immediately in slip law (pamphlet) form and then cumulated and published for each session of Congress in the United States Statutes at Large. Each Federal working day, the Federal Register publishes current Presidential proclamations and Executive orders; Federal agency regulations having general applicability and legal effect; proposed agency rules; and documents that are required by statute to be published. All Federal regulations in force are published annually in codified form in the Code of Federal Regulations.
Presidential speeches, news conferences, messages, and other materials made public by the White House are published each week in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents and annually in the Public Papers of the Presidents.
The Codification of Presidential Proclamations and Executive Orders furnishes in one comprehensive source proclamations and Executive orders having general applicability and continuing legal effect, with currently effective amendments incorporated into their texts.
The United States Government Manual, published annually, 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 the Office of the Federal Register. Phone, 202-523-5240.
National Archives Trust Fund Board The National Archives Trust Fund Board receives monies generated by the sale of reproductions of historic documents, audiovisual materials, and publications about the records, as well as gifts to NARA. The Board invests these funds and uses income to support archival functions such as the preparation of publications that make information about historic records more widely available. Members of the Board include the Archivist of the United States, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the
Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
For further information, contact the Secretary, National Archives Trust Fund Board. Phone, 202523-3047.
National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) NARA supports the initiatives of this statutory commission in making plans, estimates, and recommendations for historical works and in cooperating with and encouraging various non-Federal agencies and institutions in gathering and publishing papers and other documents important for the study of American history. The Commission awards grants to promote a variety of historically oriented projects, such as archival programs, documentary publications projects, and archival and editorial education.
The Publications Program provides grant money for printed and microfilm publications of the papers of famous American diplomats, politicians, reformers, scientists, labor figures, as well as corporate and organizational records. A subsidy program provides grants to nonprofit presses to help support publication costs of sponsored editions.
The more recently established Records Program makes grants to State and local governments, historical societies, archives, libraries, and associations for the preservation, arrangement, and description of historical records.
Education programs sponsored by NHPRC include an institute to train scholars in documentary editing and fellowships in the fields of documentary editing and archival administration.
For further information, contact the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Phone, 202-523-5384.
Sources of Information
Contracts Individuals seeking to do business with the National Archives and Records Administration may obtain detailed information from the Property and Procurement Branch, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408. Phone, 202724-0279.
Educational Opportunities The National Archives offers several courses on archival and records management principles and on using the resources of the institution.
The Modern Archives Institute is a 2week course for archivists that introduces students to the principles and techniques of archival work. It is offered twice a year, in February and June, for a fee. Students are advised to register 3 months in advance. Inquiries should be made to the Office of Public Programs, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408. Phone, 202523-3892.
NARA also offers a 2-day Files Improvement Workshop and a 3-day Records Disposition Workshop; these courses are designed for any Federal Government employee with responsibility for the records creation, filing, and disposition process. For further information, contact the Agency Services Division. Phone, 202-724-1471. Similar training is offered by the Federal Records Centers for agency field employees. For further information, contact the nearest Federal Records Center listed on page 615.
The National Archives also offers genealogical workshops several times a month. An annual 4-day course entitled "Going to the Source" introduces researchers to research methodology at the National Archives. For further information, contact the Education Branch. Phone, 202-523-3347.
A half-day program is offered by the Office of the Federal Register to provide public instruction on how to research Federal regulations that directly affect them. The program, "The Federal Register: What It Is And How To Use It," is conducted in Washington, DC, and in major regional cities. For further information, call 202-523-5240.
The NHPRC Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents is held for 2 weeks each summer at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Admission is competitive and applicants should hold a masters degree in American history or American studies or have equivalent training. Tuition is $250. The
Commission also offers three fellowships
annually in advanced documentary editing and three fellowships in mid-level archival administration. The editorial fellows work with document publication projects supported or endorsed by the Commission. The archival fellows work at a historical records repository in such areas as appraisal, collection
development, personnel administration, budget preparation, and external affairs. The fellows receive stipends and fringe benefits for a 9- to 10-month period. The fellowships are jointly funded by the Commission and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For further information, contact the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408. Phone, 202-523-5384.
Employment For job opportunities
External Affairs The External Affairs Staff maintains contact with congressional offices on matters concerning agency services and pending legislation, responds to news media inquiries regarding the National Archives and Records Administration and its programs, and issues news releases and other literature. For inquiries on congressional matters, call 202-5233007; for news media inquiries, call 202-523-3099.
Films The National Audiovisual Center has motion pictures, film strips, slide sets, and video and audio tapes available to individuals, to schools, and to educational, civic, and community groups for sale or rent, depending on the particular film. The subject matter includes vocational training and educational, documentary, and military films made by and for Federal agencies. Requests for additional information should be directed to the National Archives and Records Administration, National Audiovisual Center, 8700 Edgeworth Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743-3701. Phone, 301-763-1896. Freedom of Information Act Requests Requests are directed as follows:
Administrative records of NARA: Program Policy and Evaluation Division, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408. Phone, 202-523-3214.
Historic records in the custody of the Office of the National Archives: Office of the National Archives, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408. Phone, 202-523-3130.
Historic records in the custody of a Presidential Library: the Library that has custody of the records (see page 614 for addresses).
Records in the custody of the Federal Records Centers: the Federal agency that transferred the records to the Federal Records Center.
Museum Shops NARA publications, facsimiles, and souvenirs are available for sale in the National Archives Building, at each Presidential Library, and at some field branches.
Public Events The National Archives Calendar of Events is published monthly. To be added to the mailing list, call 202523-3099. A recorded message listing events at the National Archives Building also is available by calling 202-5233000.
Publications NARA publications, including facsimiles of certain documents, finding aids to the records, microfilm copies of many important records, and Prologue, a scholarly journal published quarterly, are available from Publications Services, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408. Phone, 202523-3181. In addition, NARA produces records management publications that are available from the Office of Records Administration. Phone, 202-724-1457. Reading Rooms Records are available for research purposes at the National Archives Building, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC; at the Washington National Records Center in Suitland, MD; and at each Presidential Library, Federal Records Center, and National Archives Field Branch. In addition, cartographic materials are available at the Pickett Street Annex, 841 Pickett Street,
Alexandria, VA 22304. Phone, 202-7566700.
The Nixon Presidential Materials Staff also has a reading room at the Pickett Street Annex, although it is accessed through a different entrance and street address (845 Pickett Street, Alexandria, VA 22304). Phone, 703-756-6498. Some Nixon materials are available for public inspection, but researchers are advised to contact the staff in advance to ascertain the availability of materials before visiting the facility. Requests for additional information should be directed to the Central Information Division, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408. Phone, 202-523-3220.
Tours Individuals or groups may request general or specialty tours behind the scenes at the National Archives Building. The tours are given by reservation only, and individuals are requested to make reservations at least 2 weeks in advance. The tours are given at 10:15 a.m. or 1:15 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 202-523-3183 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, to make reservations. In addition, NARA staff provide community and school outreach programs on request. Groups in the Washington, DC, area interested in taking advantage of this service should call 202-523-3183. Groups outside the Washington, DC, area should contact the National Archives Field Branch or Presidential Library in their area (see the listings on page 614).
Volunteer Service Opportunities The National Archives provides a wide variety of opportunities for volunteers. At the National Archives Building volunteers conduct tours, provide information in the Exhibit Hall, work with staff archivists in processing historic documents, and serve as genealogical aides in the genealogical orientation room. For more information, call 202-523-3183. Similar opportunities exist in the Presidential Libraries and at some of the National Archives Field Branches. Volunteers with an interest in American history are preferred.
For further information, write or visit the National Archives and Records Administration, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20408.
NATIONAL CAPITAL PLANNING COMMISSION
1325 G Street NW., Washington, DC 20576
Many Federal agencies conduct some planning and development activities in the National Capital region, but the overall coordination of such efforts is carried out by the National Capital Planning Commission, the central planning agency for the Federal Government in this region. The region includes the District of Columbia and all land areas within the boundaries of Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties in Maryland and Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, and Arlington Counties in Virginia.