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*U.S. District Court Clerk
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*Repositories in '''''surrounding counties: ''''' ''Pennsylvania: '' [[Bucks County, Pennsylvania|Bucks]], [[Chester County, Pennsylvania|Chester]], [[Delaware County, Pennsylvania|Delaware]], [[Montgomery County, Pennsylvania|Montgomery]]; ''New Jersey: '' [[Burlington County, New Jersey|Burlington]], [[Camden County, New Jersey|Camden]], and [[Gloucester County, New Jersey|Gloucester]].
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*American Swedish Historical Museum  
*American Swedish Historical Museum  

Revision as of 22:20, 23 December 2013

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National Archives at Philadelphia
National Archives at Philadelphia sign.jpg

Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  Philadelphia.archives@nara.gov

900 Market Street (entrance on Chesnut Street)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107-4292

Telephone:[1]  215-606-0100
Fax:  215-305-2038
Hours and holidays:[1] Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:45 P.M. Second Saturday each month, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Closed Sundays and federal holidays.
Directions, maps, and public transportation:[2] The facility is located on the ground level of the Nix Federal Building. Enter on the Chestnut Street side between 9th and 10th Streets.

  • Subway:  Market-Frankford Line. Exit at 8th Street.
  • Bus:  Many SEPTA and NJ Transit buses stop in the vicinity. For routes that stop at the main entrance, SEPTA buses #9, #21, #38, and #42 stop at 9th Street and Chestnut.
  • Rail:  All SEPTA regional rail lines and the New Jersey PATCO line have stations on Market Street between 8th and 11th.  Transit contacts:
  • SEPTA, Southeastern SEPTA, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority 215-580-7800
  • NJ Transit, New Jersey Transit 973-762-5100
  • PATCO Speedline Delaware River Port Authority of PA and NJ (DRPA), (856) 772-6900
  • Car:  There is pay parking in the vicinity.
  • From the north:  I-95 south to Exit 22 (I-676 West/ Independence Hall/Callowhill St. exit), right on Callowhill St. at bottom of ramp. Left on 6th St. to Walnut St. Right on Walnut to 9th. Right on 9th to Chestnut St.
  • From the south:  I-95 north to Exit 22. Left at 6th St. and proceed as above.
  • From the east:  Benjamin Franklin Bridge to 6th St. Proceed as above.
  • From the west:  I-76 to Exit 344 (I-676 East). I-676 east to 8th St./Chinatown exit. Right on 8th to Walnut. Right on Walnut to 9th. Right on 9th.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

Collects the historically significant records of federal agencies and courts for Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, starting in 1789. Also United States federal censuses and indexes 1790-1940,[3] passenger arrival lists for Philadelphia and Baltimore and other east coast ports, naturalizations, military pension and bounty land warrants, World War I and II draft registration, early federal history, diplomacy, military history, Chinese-Americans, World War II homefront, National Park Service, merchant marine, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, federal tax evasion and smuggling cases,[4] court records including bankruptcy, civil, criminal, and courts of appeal.[5]


  • Valid official photo identification, such as driver's license or passport, must be presented to the guard at the door for entry. In addition, visitors and their belongings are subject to being scanned and searched. All belongings are to be stored in a free locker near the entrance. No food is allowed, unless attending a scheduled workshop.[6]
  • Online Research Tools and Aids including online catalog, microfilm catalog, AAD, ALIC, Guide to Federal Records, and NARA publications.


Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the National Archives at Philadelphia, 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.
  • Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, indexes and original sources of Pennsylvania Archives, such as vital, military, naturalization, prison, land records, census, ships lists, and mine accidents.[7] [8]

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.
  • Library of Congress, Washington, DC, Local History and Genealogy Reading Room is part of the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, books, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources.
  • 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, Mormon records.

Neighboring Collections

  • U.S. District Court Clerk
  • American Swedish Historical Museum
  • Chesnut Hill Historical Society
  • German Society of Pennsylvania
  • Germantown Historical Society
  • Jewish Genealogical Society of Philadelphia
  • Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia
  • Methodist Historical Center, Philadelphia
  • Presbyterian Historical Society
  • Repositories in other surrounding states: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, and Ontario.
  • Historical Society of Delaware Library, Wilmington, colonial records, newspapers, church records, state records, Revolutionary War records, Civil War records, Delaware histories, and genealogies.[13]
  • Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, colonial and state records from 1634, county probate, land, and court records, church records, newspapers, 130 card indexes to deeds and early settlers.[14]
  • Library of Virginia, Richmond, has historical maps, land patents and grants, Dunmore's War, and Blandford Cemetery Survey, government publications, newspapers from 1736, state records, manuscripts, archival records, rare books, prints and photographs.[15]
  • Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, county records, militia lists, bounty lands, tax lists, genealogies, newspapers, Bibles, and index to 10 million documents about Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky.[16]
  • West Virginia Archives and History Division, Charleston, manuscripts, biographies, county histories, and tax records,[17] family folders, birth, marriages, deaths, maps, naturalizations, newspapers, periodicals, photos, directories, and county court records.[18]
  • Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, national collections including genealogy and family history, portraits, biographies, censuses, citizenship, ethno-cultural groups, immigration, land records, maps, military, roads, canals, and railroads, settlement, births, marriages, deaths, and divorces.[19]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The National Archives at Philadelphia in National Archives (accessed 19 December 2013).
  2. NARA's Mid Atlantic Region - Center City Philadelphia, PA in Recreation.gov (accessed 20 December 2013).
  3. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 95. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  4. Family History at the National Archives in Philadelphia in National Archives (accessed 20 December 2013).
  5. Court Records in National Archives (accessed 20 December 2013).
  6. Access Requirements at the National Archives Mid-Atlantic Region] (accessed 25 September 2012).
  7. Dollarhide and Bremer, 97.
  8. Research Topics at the Pennsylvania State Archives in Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (accessed 23 December 2013).
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 Dollarhide and Bremer, 95
  10. Search Court Records in The Philadelphia Courts (accessed 23 December 2013).
  11. Marriage Records in Register of Wills (accessed 23 December 2013).
  12. Archives in City of Philadelphia Department of Records (accessed 23 December 2013).
  13. Dollarhide and Bremer, 27.
  14. Dollarhide and Bremer, 55.
  15. Using the Collections at Library of Virginia (accessed October 2012).
  16. Dollarhide and Bremer, 113.
  17. Dollarhide and Bremer, 117.
  18. West Virginia Archives and History in West Virginia Division of Culture and History (accessed 21 December 2013).
  19. Discover the Collection at Library and Archves Canada (accessed 6 August 2013).