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Notary Services: Contact (202) 727-3117, Open for walk-in 9 am - 1 pm, Monday-Friday, except holidays, Location: 441 4th Street, NW.

The Office of the Secretary of the District of Columbia announces the new Digital Archive for the Office of Public Records and Archives. This repository will make historical records from the DC Archives available digitally to the public for historical and genealogical research.

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Office of Public Records and Archives


The Office of Public Records schedules, collects, stores and manages records of the District government through the services of the District of Columbia Archives, Records Center and the Library of Government Information. These repositories hold a wide array of documents that include administrative, architectural, engineering, fiscal, genealogical, historical and legal records. The office also surveys, appraises and schedules records; accessions records into the Archives, Records Center and Library of Information; services records and research requests from agencies of the government and the public; refiles and relocates records in the repositories; and disposes records that have met the terms and conditions of the schedules. The Office of Public Records Management, Archival Administration and Library of Government Information (Office of Public Records) was established in the Office of the Secretary, February 11, 1986, by Mayor’s Order 86-28, in accordance with DC Law 6-19, to collect and preserve the history of the District government.

Contact Information

1300 Naylor Court, NW

Washington, DC 20001

Phone: (202) 671-1105

Fax: (202) 727- 6076

Hours of Operation

Research Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 am-4 pm

Public Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:15 am-4:45 pm

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