Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The National Archives

Yesterday we visited the National Archives

and Records Administration building in Waltham.

We toured the building and learned about their

extensive archives and education programs.

Their education coordinator will work with

teachers to develop lessons based on primary

source documents in the collection. Individuals

may visit to examine publicly held documents.

Digital cameras and scanners are allowed to be

used on most documents so that a copy can be

taken home. Additionally, 300,000 documents

have been scanned and are available online in

the archival research catalog. Records include

court records, case files, immigration and

naturalization records, census records through

1930, and military, maritime and custom records.

For records that must be viewed in person, they

recommend that you write, phone, or email

before you come so that they can quickly locate

the records you desire to view.

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