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NARA ensures, for the citizen and the public servant, for the president and for the congress and the courts, ready access to essential evidence.
In support of our mission, NARA's Northeast Region (Boston) facility has custody of the permanently valuable records of field offices and divisions of Federal agencies in the New England states - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Records of Federal agencies, which are judged to have permanent value, are maintained in the regional facility. These records have continuing value for assisting in the necessary processes of government, for protecting public and private rights, and for providing scholars, students, and the general public with basic historical sources. They reflect the history and development of the agency or office that created them and provide information on American legal, economic, political, and social life. In addition, the facility houses over 60,000 rolls of microfilm containing copies of documents located in the National Archives in Washington, DC. A significant amount of these records and microfilm contains material of genealogical value, including census records for all states from 1790 to 1930; pension and bounty land warrants issued to veterans of the Revolutionary War and military service records of those who served in the war; Naturalization Records, records of immigrants, living in New England, who applied for American citizenship; and Passenger Arrival Lists.
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