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What is the National Archives and Records Administration?
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The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever.
Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching a historical topic that interests you.  Learn more
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Who is the Archivist?
Debra Steidel Wall
The Archivist of the United States is the head of our agency, appointed by the President of the United States. In the event of a vacancy, the Deputy Archivist acts as Archivist until an Archivist is appointed. The Acting Archivist is Debra Steidel Wall.
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