CONTRACT HOLDER | GS-03F-060GA
703-286-7735703-286-7735

What exactly is the difference between the National Archives and the Library of Congress? Do they hold different types of materials?

Posted on: July 10, 2012

If you are dying to know how the Libary of Congress and the National Archives are different, the Scan Man will explain everything (with the help of the National Archives website, Today’s Document).

What exactly is the difference between the National Archives and the Library of Congress? Do they hold different types of materials?

There’s a common misconception that the National Archives and Records Administration and the Library of Congress are one in the same.  This probably stems from the fact that as institutions we have similar missions.  Here are just a few differences:

nara-loc-pic

As Americans we are very fortunate to have multiple institutions that are concerned with preservation of our national treasures.  At the National Archives, we are thinking about the importance of preserving electronic records and making sure we aren’t losing our virtual memory.