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Text Box: Where the important documents are held.
National Archives Building. Washington D.C. 2005. Courtesy of The National Archives



    The National Archives is the house of the most valuable documents of the government, as well as a reference library to millions of people. On display for everyone to look at in the exhibition hall are the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, which are also known as “The Characters of Freedom”. This site was the location of the MARSH market that took construction in 1801 and known as a Center Market after the Civil War problem. For many years NARA has kept and provided access to all the records of the United States of America.  NARA grants continuing access to the essential documentation to the rights of all American Citizens and the actions that are taken by their government. The Nation’s civil, military and diplomatic record activities are also held by the National Archives for the people today, and the future generations.


Text Box: Front View of the national Archives
Text Box: "Characters of Freedom" Rotunda
         NARA is the seventh building that was constructed in the Federal Triangle. This building was designed on a 20th century style by John Russell Pope. Pope was also the architect in charge of the Jefferson Memorial, Constitution Hall, and the Gallery of Art. Large pumps were built beneath the building to protect the structure from flooding by the Old Tiber Creek, whose bed runs beneath the building. In 2003, the building was renovated to create an educational presentation called, The National Archives Experience. During the Great Depression, historians started to be concerned with the preservation of the nation’s records. The task of designing the structure was given John Russell Pope and the work began in 1935. It has great Corinthian columns (72 of them weighting 95 tons a piece) and the classic façade with two bronze doors which are a foot thick and 40 fee tall. The building is protected with 21 levels of steel and concrete stack areas, windowless and controlled temperature for the documents preservation and fire safety devices to prevent fires.


These records belong to the people and for many decades NARA has kept and granted access to the records of the United States. The National Archives is also the Nations memory; it is used for a ton of purposes. The National Archives is the keeper of the records of all three branches of the Federal government, the Executive Branch, the Judicial, and the Legislative Branch. The Magna Carta of 1297 on display was acquired by David M. Rubenstein in 2007 and loaned to the National archives as a gift to the American people. It is the only Magna Carta that has permanently been residing in the United States.


The National Archives entrance was big, and we had to wait a lot to enter. The building was big, and all the jewels, documents and most important treaties of the nation were kept inside. The inside chamber were the Characters of Freedom are located was dark, and we couldn’t use flash in our photographs of the documents. I took a flash photo by accident and a security guard told me to put my camera off and not take any picture. By this, I didn’t got to take a photo of any document.



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