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Institutional Name: National Archives and Records Administration
Pacific Region (Laguna Niguel)
Address: 24000 Avila Road
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677-3497
Phone: (949) 360-2641
Fax: (949) 360-2624
Email address: archives@laguna.nara.gov
Web page URL: http://www.nara.gov
Type of Institution: Federal
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Collection Information: NARA's Pacific Region (Laguna Niguel) has more than 28,000 cubic feet of archival holdings dating from about l850 to the l980s. In addition to textual records there are architectural drawings, maps, and photographs. These holdings were created or received by the Federal courts and over 50 Federal agencies in Arizona, southern California, and Clark County, Nevada. Federal law requires that agencies transfer permanently valuable, noncurrent records to NARA. Among the subjects covered are: private land claims of the Spanish and Mexican periods in California history; the opening of the public domain to homestead settlement; the impact of the railroads on native American life and culture; ethnic diversity, Chinese exclusion, and immigration and naturalization; the maritime industry and its development; the buildup of coastal defenses and military bases since the Spanish-American War; the growth of the naval bases and their relationship to and impact on local communities; the development of Corps of Engineers civil works projects relating to flood control, beach erosion control, pollution abatement, and the uses of navigable waterways; the Pre-Presidential Papers of Richard M. Nixon, including correspondence, trip files, and appearances files from the vice-presidential years.

Before using archival holdings, every researcher must obtain are search identification card. An applicant must show identification that includes a photograph, such as a driver's license, passport, or school or business ID card, and complete a short form giving name, address, telephone number, and brief description of the proposed research topic. A researcher ID card, valid for 2 years and renewable, is then issued. It must be presented during each visit.

Restrictions: per type of records. Personal privacy, national security, etc.


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