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In the National Archives Catalog there are a few ways to expand the number of records you can view in your search result.
1. Sign up for a National Archives Catalog account. https://catalog.archives.gov/registration If you are logged in when you search you get more search results. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and request to be made a power user. This power user level will give you 20,000 results.
2. You can also re-sort your results so that you can see the records at the end of the search result. Here's what you need to do:
From the url at the top of the page replace asc with desc at the end of the url
Now the results will sort in descending order
3. For results of more than 40,000 even with these methods you will miss records that fall in the middle. This is a search limitation that cannot be avoided. In these cases we suggest:
- You can narrow your search results by using filters on the left side of the search results or when you start a search using Advanced Search
- If searching a Record Group, Collection, Series or File Unit, use the Search Within feature. To do this, navigate to the blue box that says Search within this Record Group or Search within this Series or Search within this File Unit
In the search box (on the top left), remove the wild cards *:* and place your search term there and click Enter. If you are looking for a name or phrase, put those terms in quotations for the search, example “New York”
Please let us know if you have any additional questions
Community Manager, National Archives Catalog