Database: 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 a historical topic that interests you. 

This page was last reviewed on September 15, 2020. Contact us with questions or comments.
The Amistad Captives and the Federal Courts   Brothman-Mosckowitz Grand Jury Testimonies   Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes (Dawes Commission)   Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) for Public Hearings and Testimonies   Court Records at the National Archives   Dr. John C.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a major component of the Department of Justice. Although there are earlier antecedents, the Bureau traces its direct origins to July 1908, when Attorney General Charles J. Bonaparte created a force of special agents in the Department of Justice. In July 1909, the organization under which those agents worked became the Bureau of Investigation. In 1935, it became the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
(Record Group 60) 1790-1989, 1991 Overview of Records Locations Table of Contents 60.1 Administrative History 60.2 Records of the Office of the Attorney General 1790-1870 60.2.1 General records 60.2.2 Records relating to California land claims 60.2.3 Records of the Solicitor of the Court of Claims 60.3 General Records of the Department of Justice 1849-1989 (bulk 1870-1981) 60.3.1 Dockets, lists, and opinions 60.3.2 Letters received 60.3.3 Letters sent 60.3.4 Central files and related records 60.3.5 Miscellaneous records 60.4 Records of Department of Justice Officials 1870-1979 60.4.1 Records
Introduction The primary mission of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is to develop and disseminate intelligence, counterintelligence, and foreign intelligence information to assist the president and senior U.S. government policymakers in making decisions relating to the national security. The CIA does not make policy; it is an independent source of foreign intelligence information for those who do. The CIA may also engage in covert action at the president's direction in accordance with applicable law.
Introduction The National Security Agency (NSA) is a separately organized agency within the Department of Defense. The NSA coordinates and directs the signal intelligence activities of the United States as well as cryptography by developing systems to enhance U.S. communications security. The Central Security Service (CSS) was established in the Department of Defense in 1971. CSS exercises oversight responsibility for several military cytological agencies, including U.S.
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