As much as we love to sit in NARA’s research rooms and experience the look and feel of original records, it’s just not always convenient (or possible) to take a cross-country trip in the name of research. In those cases, the next best thing is to order reproductions, either through mail-order forms or online.
Readers unfamiliar with the process can check out NARA’s ordering page at http://www.archives.gov/order/. What are your initial reactions? And for those of you who have ordered copies in the past, how do you like the current system? Have you seen other archival institutions handle their order requests differently? How can we improve our methods to make the process as intuitive and streamlined as possible?