The National Archives and Records Administration USA

Discussion in 'Research Material' started by Drew5233, Mar 29, 2018.

  1. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Hi all

    Do any forum members offer a file copying service at NARA or know anyone that offers this service. I'm searching for someone else.

  2. Trux

    Trux 21 AG Patron


    I tried for some months to find a way of accessing NARA documents and photos but failed. If you succeed let me know. I might even hire your services. I did access Fold 3 documents which are good for US Navy and D Day.

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  3. OpanaPointer

    OpanaPointer Pearl Harbor Myth Buster

  4. OpanaPointer

    OpanaPointer Pearl Harbor Myth Buster

    Some people offer retrieval services. You might want to check the NatArch. prices before committing to the third party people.
  5. SDP

    SDP Senior Member Patron

    Might be worth asking the same question over on the sister USA Forum if you haven't done so already and also on I can ask on your behalf if you are not registered with them.
  6. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Re member

    Another link here for NARA, Mayland - The National Archives at College Park, Maryland

    I have tried to gain access to files in NARA, and initially you need to find out which NARA building holds the files you need.

    I ended up goping through a list of possible researchers Independent Researchers Available for Hire some will do some initial research but the detailed research and copying does become expensive

    Good Luck



    I requested a quote from NARA and their response was :

    consisting of approximately 1000 pages which includes lists and some associated correspondence. We appreciate the fact that some people are unable to travel to Washington at this time and thus we offer limited assistance to researchers by mail. To take advantage of this assistance, researchers must limit the size of their requests, order complete files rather than individually selected documents, and pay our current fee for electrostatic (paper) copies which is $0.80 per page with a minimum mail order fee of $20.00.

    One researcher I contacted gave me:
    I have over 25 years experience researching records at the National Archives. I charge $55.00 per hour. The Archives charges me $0.25 per page copying/scanning. I require $110.00 deposit for the first 2 hours before I start.

    The next problem when this guy looked into the file ref NARA gave was:
    All is not lost, I have only been through one box of dozens, and the
    only reason I'll pulled this box is because it was in the citation you
    provided. Your data may be here, but probably not in this box.

    To conclude the info I was after was possibly in 1 of 8 boxes, so 1000 pages per box, start calculating the cost for something that MIGHT be there
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  7. Gary Kennedy

    Gary Kennedy Member

    I tried them a little while ago for a long list of US Army Tables of Organization I'm still trying to get hold of. I asked them if they could narrow it down to which site they were at so I could at least ask a researcher in the same state what it might cost; still waiting for an answer!

  8. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey Patron

    It's much harder locating and ordering items from NARA. Not everything is catalogued and what is catalogued might refer to a folder in a box or several feet of shelving.

    Also accessing material is more time consuming. When I was there in 2013 you could place five orders a day and was a two step process. After finding something in the catalogue or paper finding aid, you then had to consult albums in a room at NARA to find the shelf location and stack the item was stored in.

    One order could only have items from the same stack if I remember correctly. However, you could order a cart full of boxes in one order.

    It works well if researching a particular group of files but very time consuming if wanting a lot of different things. That obviously affects how a commercial researcher can operate there.

    I had been toying with offering a similar service as I do with Kew but by taking pre-orders and visiting once or twice a year for a few weeks at a time. It just was not a viable proposition unless someone wanted a very large amount of information from the same source.


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