Educators & Students
The National Archives is an invaluable resource for learners of all ages and interests.
All of the exhibits and research rooms at National Archives locations and Presidential libraries are open to the public during posted hours. Researchers age 14 and under must receive permission from the Research Center Branch Chief and be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The National Archives offers a variety of hands-on, document-based activities for students of all ages in Washington, DC, Atlanta, Boston, and New York City. In addition, each of the Presidential libraries offers a range of opportunities for school visits.
Not located in one of these cities? The Archives’ education staff also offers free distance learning/videoconferencing programs that feature historical documents, images, maps, posters, and other federal records for grades K-12, as well as professional development opportunities for teachers.
National History Day
The National Archives and the Foundation for the National Archives support National History Day by providing resources for student research, workshops, and other assistance to help teachers introduce NHD topics to their students. The Archives also helps administer the Washington, DC, program, in part by hosting the regional finals at the Archives facility in College Park, MD. The Foundation also funds the national contest registration fees for qualifying DC students to ensure full local participation at the NHD finals.
Throughout the school year, the National Archives offers several National History Day workshops for teachers and students around the country. In the Boeing Learning Center in Washington, DC, student workshops are dedicated to one of the five contest categories: exhibits, performance, website, research paper, and documentary. During these workshops, students receive personalized attention and assistance from Archives professionals, including curators, researchers, archivists, and online content creators.
National History Day in Washington, DC, is administered by the National Archives with support from the Foundation for the National Archives and its sponsor Capital One.
Professional Development for Teachers
In addition, the National Archives hosts its Primarily Teaching summer institute at locations across the country for educators from elementary through college levels, representing a variety of disciplines. The unique training program helps teachers learn to incorporate original records – the primary sources of history – into their classrooms with a varied program of lectures, demonstrations, document analysis, independent research, and group work that introduces the holdings and organization of the National Archives, including its Presidential Libraries and regional records facilities.
Primarily Teaching is made possible in part by the Foundation for the National Archives, through the support of Texas Instruments.