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National Archives & Records Administration, Chicago

The enormous Midwest branch of the National Archives is hidden away in the middle of nowhere, but its collection of records is enormous.

The enormous Midwest branch of the National Archives is hidden away in the middle of nowhere, but its collection of records is enormous. The public has free and instant access to the census records, for those interested in their family genealogy, while historic federal documents are searchable only by researchers who have applied for a pass in advance.


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About National Archives & Records Administration

 7358 South Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL, United States

 +1 773-948-9000

 www.archives.gov

National Archives & Records Administration and Nearby Sights on Map

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Ridge Historical Society

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Apollos 2000

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Trinity United Church of Christ

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