This online experience is presented by the National Archives Foundation

Connecting you to America's story

The National Archives Foundation is an independent nonprofit that increases public awareness of the National Archives, inspires a deeper appreciation of our country’s heritage, and encourages citizen engagement in our democracy. The Foundation generates financial and creative support for National Archives exhibitions, public programs, and educational initiatives, introducing America’s records to people around the U.S. and the world. Learn more at

The Foundation’s support makes possible the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, which includes:  

  • The Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom
  • The David M. Rubenstein Gallery and its “Records of Rights” permanent exhibition
  • The “Public Vaults” permanent exhibition and the award-winning online exhibit, the Digital Vaults
  • The Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery for special exhibitions, including “Remembering Vietnam"
  • The William G. McGowan Theater and its ongoing programming, including documentary film presentations, author lectures, and panel discussions on historical topics and contemporary issues  
  • The Boeing Learning Center, which trains history and civics teachers to use National Archives records in classrooms around the country  
  • Traveling exhibitions, including “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?”
  • The DocsTeach website and app, which helps teachers use National Archives records to create and share lesson plans and to engage their students in online assignments

The Foundation, working with our National Archives partners, also:  

  • Operates the National Archives Store, with proceeds supporting National Archives educational initiatives  
  • Hosts special events, including exhibition openings, at the National Archives Building in Washington
  • Promotes the National Archives Museum through advertising and marketing campaigns