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The NIST Archives is a collection of over 300 linear meters (1,000 linear feet) of documents, correspondence, reports, manuscripts, newsletters, biographical information and photographs. There are also approximately 10,000 slides and 500 drawings. The archives include materials from the 19th century to the present day.

Housed at the NIST campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland, the archives covers a wide range of topics, including scientific research, engineering projects, public policy initiatives, biographical information on current and past employees, and much more. The NIST Archives is a valuable resource for researchers, historians, and anyone interested in learning more about the history of the National Bureau of Standards / National Institute of Standards and Technology, and metrology, standardization, and science and technology in the United States.

While a substantial portion of the archives has been indexed, the process of fully cataloging and processing the materials is ongoing. Please contact library [at] (library[at]nist[dot]gov) for assistance, requests and questions.

NIST Digital Archives (NDA)

NIST Digital Archives
NIST Digital Archives

Visit the NIST Digital Archives to explore the vast collections of the NIST Museum and Archives.

Archives Finding Aids

A Finding Aid describes the history of the collection and the arrangement of material based on themes, projects, or the creator's original order.

Visit the Archives Collections Finding Aids to explore the online collections.

Please contact library@nist if you need assistance.



Created October 6, 2023, Updated March 22, 2024