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About the AAAS Archives and Records Center


The AAAS Archives and Records Center (ARC) is open to all researchers interested in the history of the Association and its role in the development of science. In 1983, AAAS began to preserve its archives and the professional papers of its staff for their administrative and research value. Our holdings include administrative records generated by membership and program activities, as well as for the journal Science. The majority of records begin after World War II, with a smaller number covering earlier periods.

Use Policy

To visit ARC, please contact the archivist at least 48 hours before you plan to arrive at or Researchers requesting restricted records will be asked to speak with appropriate program staff to obtain permission.

A large portion of AAAS records are held off-site and require 24 hour notice for delivery. For this reason, speaking with the archivist before you arrive will ensure that your visit is as productive as possible. The archivist can provide some finding aids and other guides to help you choose records to request.


The AAAS ARC Archivist and Records Manager will conduct simple research requests that can be handled in less than half an hour at no charge. For more extensive requests, research fees do apply and other charges. Please see the fee schedule below.

Research $25.00 per hour*
Photocopies $0.25 per page
Digital Files (high resolution images) Contact the Archvivist and Records Manager
Copyright Fees Contact the Archivist and Records Manager
Audio/Video Migration $40.00 and up - Contact the Archvisit and Records Manager for an estimate

*In addition to time spent searching, there may be retrieval and returning fees. For more information, contact the Archivist and Records Manager (202) 326-6791.

Citing Records

When citing primary documents found in the AAAS Archives and Records Center, please attribute them appropriately. For example: Minutes of the [AAAS] Committee on Policy, 29 December 1907, AAAS Archives and Records Center.


We are located at AAAS headquarters, 1200 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005. Entry to the AAAS Archives and Records Center is by appointment only. AAAS is located one block north of the 12th and G Streets exit for the Metro Center subway stop. If traveling by car, 2-hour metered street parking is available. Garage parking in the area can be difficult to obtain. Our building is handicap accessible.

For more information, please contact:

AAAS Archives and Records Center
Norma Rosado-Blake, Archives and Records Manager
1200 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 326-6791