Research

Notice to NARA Researchers and FOIA Requesters
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of our staff.  As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference or FOIA request or appeal.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.  Read more on how NARA is addressing COVID-19 (coronavirus) https://www.archives.gov/coronavirus.

Find more information about research resources, including the Archived White House website and recommended websites for learning more about presidential history and the National Archives.

Research FAQ

Find answers to questions about conducting research with presidential materials.

 

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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests

Learn about the FOIA process to request records not yet released for research.

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Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) Requests

Request a declassification review of a classified document.

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Research Guide and Finding Aids

View Research Guides to the archival Collections and Finding Aids for open records currently available for research.

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Archived White House Websites and Social Media

Visit “frozen in time” versions of the Obama White House websites and certain social media accounts used by the Obama administration. These sites were “frozen” on January 20, 2017 - the day President Obama left office.

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Audiovisual Materials

Get pricing information for ordering copies of photos or video from the Obama presidential materials.

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