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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
National Archives and Records Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
I - Use of Property, Facilities, and Equipment; K - Advisory Services and Counseling; L - Dissemination of Technical Information; Z - Salaries and Expenses
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2018 In FY 2018, the National Archives is projected to provide 1,187,144 total reference responses.
Fiscal Year 2017 In FY 2017, the National Archives is projected to provide 1,235,056 total reference responses.
Fiscal Year 2016 In FY 2016, the National Archives is projected to provide 1,087,837 total reference responses. In FY 2016, the National Archives provided 1,293,241 total reference responses.
National Archives and Records Administration Act of 1984, Public Law 98-497, Statute 98,2280
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Anyone (general public).
Beneficiary Eligibility
Anyone (general public).
Photographic identification.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 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 Procedure
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not Applicable Not Applicable
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a list of addresses.
Headquarters Office
Benjamin J. Davis
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740 US
Phone: 3018371910
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 17 est $66,084,080.00; FY 18 est $67,405,762.00; FY 16$62,196,222.00;
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.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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