The NSDAR Archives serves as the repository for NSDAR records which are no longer administratively useful but which have sufficient historical or other value to warrant their continued preservation. The NSDAR Archives houses the non-current permanent records created in the course of business by the National Society—items such as correspondence, meeting minutes, project files, photographs and the like.
The following items are available for research use without special permission: the DAR Magazine, the annual Proceedings, all printed histories of the DAR state societies as well as a variety of other publications including, but not limited to, chapter and state society yearbooks, committee directories, handbooks and bylaws. Additionally, access is granted to archival photographs, ceramics, music and assorted objects collections.
Permission from the President General is required for research access to all other materials housed in the NSDAR Archives. Researchers who wish to petition the President General for access to archival collections must do so in writing and should, insofar as possible, provide details regarding the parameters and goals of the research project, the records to be consulted and plans for publication. Researchers are encouraged to submit inquiries as early as possible to allow adequate time for the President General to review the request.
Interested researchers should review the complete NSDAR Archives Access Policy Statement as well as the Researcher Policies and Procedures. A signed copy of this form should accompany any written request for access to archival records.
If a published work results from the use of NSDAR archival or other materials, proper citations are required including footnotes (or endnotes) and bibliography. The archives staff should be notified when publications are released.