The press release below from NARA lets us know that we can now get digitized versions of many popular records at the same cost as paper copies. What a great option for researchers! Please post a comment when you give this new service a try and let us know how it worked out.
(3 November 2010) Washington, DC…The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has expanded the formats available to members of the public who wish to purchase copies of records from its holdings.
Copy options for immigration and naturalization records, land files, military service and pension records, court records, World War I draft registration cards, Native American records, census pages, and many other archival documents now include the possibility of purchasing a digitized version. The per-image fee for digital copies is the same as the per-page fee for paper copies. In addition, NARA now offers digitized duplication of its microfilm holdings, at an increased per roll rate. The digital copies that result from this new service are delivered via CD or DVD, depending upon file size. In most cases, the files are provided in a Portable Document Format (.pdf).
To order copies of NARA’s holdings – including copies now available in digital form – use any one of the following methods:
1) Visit the National Archives online ordering system [https://eservices.archives.gov/orderonline/].
2) Download the appropriate form [http://www.archives.gov/contact/inquire-form.html#part-a]. For microfilm orders, researchers can use the online ordering system [https://eservices.archives.gov/orderonline/] or they can download a paper form [http://www.archives.gov/research/order/microfilm-pubs.html].
3) Contact the National Archives through the Inquire Form [http://www.archives.gov/contact/inquire-form.html#part-b].