Our National Archives
Our National Archives: The Astounding Institution and How to Use It
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) encompasses many buildings across the country. It holds millions of records that document American families from 1776 through the enormous century. This lecture takes the fear and mystery out of using such an enormous repository. It explains how NARA is organized and how archival research differs from library research. It describes the finding aids that help researchers access what they need in NARA's universe of historical materials. Three research cases demonstrate how w military, legislative and judicial records are accessed at Archives I in Washington, D.C., and NARA's regional archives.