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The National Archives at College Park (Archives II) will undergo temporary closures in the Researcher Registration Room 1000 and part of the ground floor security entrance to the research complex between December 8, 2017 and January 22, 2018.


Research Registration Room 1000

Room 1000 will be temporarily closed during a re-cabling improvement project. Due to the nature of the work, the project may be extended beyond January 22. The temporary location for researcher orientation and researcher cards will be conducted at a desk in the main ground floor lobby.


If you have an existing researcher card that has an expiration date between December 9, 2017 and the end of January 2018, it is recommended that you renew your card before December 9th.


Security Entrance to Research Complex

The ground floor security entrance to the research complex will have a temporary and only partial closure. Researchers will have full access to the research rooms but please anticipate longer wait times to enter and exit the research complex. The work will be done at the same time as Room 1000.


We will post updates and have status information on the main phone line (301-837-2000) for Archives II. We appreciate your patience.


Please submit questions to Michael Knight, Branch Chief, Research Services, Research Room Operations at 301-837-0475 or

As Thanksgiving approaches, we have much to be thankful for here at the National Archives. We are especially grateful for the records we hold in trust, and for our Catalog that allows us to share these records with you. We are also thankful for our colleagues, who inspired us with this idea to create a Thanksgiving meal through our records!


As you gather around the table this holiday season, we hope you find inspiration from these historic recipes and photographs found in the National Archives. Enjoy!


Appetizers are a great way to welcome your guests. We recommend Rosalynn Carter’s Plains Special Cheese Ring Recipe. (Trust us, it is delicious!)

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Be sure to offer a toast to your special guests!



Need some inspiration? Try this fancy Manhattan Cocktail, or use this chart to construct the perfect cocktail.

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This turkey is looking good! (And of course you can't forget the gravy.)



Need a side dish? The Republican Congressional Cook Book, ca. 1962 is filled with recipes that would be perfect for your Thanksgiving table. Why don’t you try the Georgia Sweet Potato Souffle?



Save room for dessert! You’re sure to please everyone with this selection of pies.


But if you only have time to make one, we recommend Nancy Reagan’s Pumpkin Pecan Pie recipe.

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Browse more recipes in our Catalog. Have you tried any of these recipes? Let us know how they turned out! Email us at


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