National Archives at Riverside

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National Archives at Riverside

Contact Information[edit | edit source]



National Archives at Riverside
23123 Cajalco Road
Perris, CA 92570-7298

Telephone:[1]  951-956-2000
Fax:  951-956-2049

Hours and holidays:[1]  Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Textual research room closes at 4:00 P.M. (last pull is 3:00 P.M.)

Directions and map:[1]  Click here.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

Over 60,000 cubic feet of archival holdings from l850 to the l990s including textual records, maps, and photos. These records were created by federal courts and nearly 80 federal agencies in:

  • southern California
  • Arizona
  • Clark County, Nevada.

Research areas include history, life and culture of 50 Native Americans groups, ethnic diversity, Chinese Exclusion, immigration and naturalization, land, settlement and development of the American West, World War II, military buildup, civilian defense and Japanese Removal, maritime history.[2] Of special interest to genealogists are federal censuses 1790-1940, military post returns from California and Arizona, the Five Civilized Tribes, Revolutionary War service records and bounty land warrants, selected American Civil War records, passenger arrival lists, Mexican and Canadian border crossing records, passport applications, California Indian enrollment applications, postmasters, Freedmen's Bureau records, Asian immigration, naturalizations, federal land records for southern California and Arizona, sailors and merchant marines ported in southern California, tax list of Territorial Arizona, and federal District Court records.[3]

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • No appointment is necessary, however, you can be better served if you call in advance of visiting.[1]

Guides[edit | edit source]

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the National Archives at Riverside, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.
  • National Archives II, College Park, MD, Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, and Treasury all after 1900.
  • National Archives at San Francisco holding records of California (north & central), Nevada (except Clark County), Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Marshall, Caroline, and Northern Mariana Islands, overseas Pacific naval bases, Asian-Pacific immigration, American Indians.
  • California State Library (Sacramento) censuses, great registers, city directories, CA historical newspapers, genealogical periodicals, death index 1905-1995, marriage index 1949-1986.
  • Nixon Presidential Library, Yorba Linda, White House tapes, textual records, and office files.
  • Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, textual records, photos, papers and speeches.

Similar Collections

  • National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO., has millions of military personnel, health, medical records of discharged and deceased veterans of all services starting with World War I, and federal employee records.
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and records pertaining to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Bancroft Library, Berkeley, premier Western Americana, and Latin Americana collections, including Native Americans, Spanish encounter and colonial settlement, exploration of western America, maps and atlases, the Mexican War, westward migration, the Gold Rush, mining, land surveys, religious and Utopian communities, and ethnic communities.
  • Sutro Library, San Francisco, most extensive genealogy collection west of Salt Lake City.

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Address, Hours, Directions & Contacts in National Archives (accessed 30 October 2013).
  2. Welcome to the National Archives at Riverside in National Archives (accessed 30 October 2013).
  3. Genealogy Research in Riverside in National Archives (accessed 30 October 2013).