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What is the National Archives?

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever.

Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you.

World Digital Library

The World Digital Library is a project from the United Nations, the US Library of Congress, and libraries and archives from all over the world.  It makes primary material freely available online to promote intercultural understanding.  The sites is currently hosted and maintained by the US Library of Congress and there are libraries and national archives in more than 40 countries that contritute.

World Digital Library



ar·chive noun \ˈär-ˌkīv\

Definition of ARCHIVE
: a place in which public records or historical documents are preserved; also : the material preserved —often used in plural
: a repository or collection especially of information

Examples of ARCHIVE

  1. an archive of historical manuscripts
  2. The original movie was stored in a film archive.
  3. He has been reading through the archives to research his article on the town's history.

Origin of ARCHIVE

French & Latin; French, from Latin archivum, from Greek archeion government house (in plural, official documents), from archē rule, government — more at arch-
First Known Use: 1603

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