This goal is part of the National Archives Strategic Plan, 2018-2022, which was established as a way to Connect with Customers, encouraging the public to engage with their government and explore American history by contributing unique content to the National Archives Catalog.
All of your contributions—including tags, transcriptions and comments—help improve search results for our records and make handwritten or difficult-to-read text accessible for a wider audience.
Looking for records from a previous citizen archivist mission? Wondering what types of records we’ve featured in transcription missions recently?
Check out our new Mission History page to see what our community of citizen archivists have been working on lately!
We couldn't have made it to 1 million pages without our Citizen Archivists. A big thank you to our top contributors of all time!
This tool is a new path into the digitized holdings of NARA’s Presidential Libraries, providing a browseable experience that complements the deep dive that search in the National Archives Catalog provides.
a bar that indicates the scanning progress for each Library,
portals for browsing records within each Library organized by format,
portals for descriptions that do not have scans online,
and a call to action for citizen archivists.
Give our Presidential Library Explorer a try! We’d love to hear your feedback about how you may find this tool useful, and how we can further improve it.
The data powering the Presidential Library Explorer will be updated monthly, so check back to see what we have added and any changes we’ve made. Also stay tuned for future next-generation finding aid projects in the works!
New in the Catalog
We love patents! Thousands of new patent drawings were added to this series that consists of patent drawings illustrating proposed inventions of various types of equipment containing mechanical components.
History Hub is our support community for researchers, genealogists, history enthusiasts, and citizen archivists. Ask questions, share information, work together, and find help based on experience and interests. Researchers can ask—or answer—questions on History Hub, or search to see if a question has been asked before.
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