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Requires Appointment?


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Use of microfilm in our Washington, DC requires an appointment. Submit your request by clicking on Make a Reading Room Request on the page for the desired collection. 

Be sure to check the site prior to your visit in case there are any closures due to inclement weather or holidays.

Original papers 

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Yes. As space in our reading room is limited, we suggest researchers submit their requests at least three weeks in advance. 

Requests to view materials in-person are done through our automated research request system, Aeon:

  1. While viewing the desired collection record on this website, select the “Reading Room” button under the “Make a Request” section of the record. 
  2. You will be asked to provide some initial information about your visit, and then be sent to the research request system to finalize your request.
  3. If you are interested in making an appointment and have not already registered with the Archives' Request System, Aeon, please be sure to do so. 
  4. To review and manage your requests in Aeon, visit (link opens in a new window)

Documents Touring and on Loan

Can't make it to D.C.? Our original documents might be on view near you. See what's been loaned to other institutions for exhibitions or tours.