The National Archives safeguards billions of documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States government.
In addition to these federal records, the National Archives holds collections of donated historical materials, many of which pertain to and illustrate historical activities of the United States, or document a significant program or activity of the U.S. government.
To help navigate the universe of records held at the National Archives, the third in a series of online finding aid tools has been released, the Donated Collection Explorer.
This finding aid includes 826 collections and provides access to over 829,000 digital pages available in the National Archives Catalog. The Donated Collection Explorer includes donated materials that document significant programs or activities of the U.S. government, materials with historical or intrinsic value, donations from notable military figures, records from polar exploration, wars, and more.
This data visualization allows the public to browse NARA’s holdings by donated collection. Click on any collection name to see an overview of the scans available online, and find links to records in the Catalog, organized by format.
Each Donated Collection page has a progress bar that provides an estimate of the percentage of textual pages that are currently available online.
Interested in other finding aids? Check out these tools to help you with your research online:
Record Group Explorer: includes all of NARA’s Record Groups (over 600) and provides access to over 140 million of our digital pages.
Presidential Library Explorer includes 14 Presidential Libraries and provides access to over 1.6 million digital pages.