National Archives Reference Services Historical Research

Objectives: To provide professional reference service to members of the general public and employees of the Federal government who are conducting research in Federal records or in historical materials in Presidential Libraries; provide advice and information to the public through conferences, workshops
and other outreach activities on the availability and use of Federal records and publications in NARA's custody.

Agency - National Archives and Records Administration

The National Archives and Records Administration enables people to inspect the record of what the Federal government has done, enables officials and agencies to review their actions and helps citizens hold them accountable.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a list of addresses.



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: In FY 2016, the National Archives provided 1,293,241 total reference responses. Fiscal Year 2017: In FY 2017, the National Archives is projected to provide 1,235,056 total reference responses. Fiscal Year 2018: In FY 2018, the National Archives is projected to provide 1,187,144 total reference responses.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The assistance provided by NARA is designed to assist the public in obtaining access to information contained in records which are in the custody of the National Archives.

Restrictions on the use of accessioned records in the National Archives of the United States are divided into two categories: general restrictions and specific restrictions.

General restrictions apply to all records regardless of origin and apply to types of information or classes of records exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, for example, national security information.

Specific restrictions are specified by the transferring agency or donor and apply only to records in a particular record group or a portion of that record group.

Access to records in the records center operations within NARA's regional records services facilities; in the National Personnel Records Center; and in the Washington National Records Center is controlled by the agency which created the records.

General restrictions apply to all records regardless of origin, and apply to types of information or classes of records exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

Specific restrictions are specified by the transferring agency or doner, and apply only to records in a particular record group or a portion of that group.

All procedures are included in 36 CFR 1256.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Anyone (general public).

Beneficiary Eligibility

Anyone (general public).

Credentials/Documentation

Photographic identification. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. To see records in person, NARA Form 14003, Researcher Application, is required. To obtain information or copies by mail, contact the depository; if a form is required, applicant will be notified. The use of publications, such as microfilm publications of the U.S. Census, does not require the completion of a Researcher Application. Microfilm publications are available in regional facilities in self-service reference rooms. Request for civilian and military personnel records should be addressed to the National Personnel Records Center. Requests for court records should be addressed to the appropriate regional records services facility. Requests for records held in records center operations of the NARA regional records services facility and in the Washington National Records Center should be addressed directly to the agency having legal custody.

Award Procedures

Not applicable.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

National Archives and Records Administration Act of 1984, Public Law 98-497, 98 Stat. 2280.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not Applicable. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Not Applicable.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Not Applicable.

Audits

Not Applicable.

Records

Not applicable.

Financial Information

Account Identification

88-0300-0-1-804.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 16 $62,196,222; FY 17 est $66,084,080; and FY 18 est $67,405,762

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not Applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

36 CFR Chapter XII, Subchapter C. Over 200 printed publications are available as listed in General Information Leaflet No. 3, 'Select List of Publications of the National Archives and Records Administration,' available without charge from the Publication Services (NEPS), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a list of addresses.

Headquarters Office

Benjamin J. Davis 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, Maryland 20740 Email: benjamin.davis@nara.gov Phone: 3018371910

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.




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