The Archival Research Catalog (ARC) of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is being permanently retired on August 15, 2013.

Since you can still search descriptions and digital content using the Online Public Access search. Online Public Access has all of the descriptions and digitized content that was in ARC as well as the ability to search and the web sites of the Presidential Libraries.

Search results are grouped into categories based on information relevant to your search, such as:

  • Digital copies of records
  • Descriptions of records
  • Web pages on
  • Web pages on the Presidential Libraries’ websites


Over the next few weeks NARAtions: The Blog of the United States Archives will be sharing information and tips for using Online Public Access.

Click on Online Public Access to search the database.

Also click on NARAtions to visit the Blog of the United States Archives to learn more and leave comments and questions about the new system.

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