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Hours of Operation


Tuesdays - Fridays and most Saturdays from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM*


Mondays, Sundays, and the Saturdays of holiday weekends. See below for more details.

*Public Search Room

Saturday September 1st and Saturday September 8th

On September 1 we will be closed for the Labor Day holiday, and on September 8 we will be closed for maintenance.

Records are Pulled

Tuesdays - Fridays every half hour starting at 8:45 AM with the last pull of the day at 3:45 PM.

Saturday Services

Beginning June 2nd, the Archives will return to its reduced summer staffing levels on Saturdays. Depending on demand, this may mean that records are not retrieved from the stacks as often as they are on weekdays.

Records needed for legal purposes will be given head-of-the-line priority for retrieval from the stacks on Saturdays. Priority documents are those needed for purposes such as social security, drivers license renewal, pension, VA benefits, passport applications, beneficiary verification, and expungement.

Please note that many modern court records and some genealogical records are stored off-site and must be retrieved prior to the day of your visit. Records located off-site must be requested seven to ten business days before your visit by emailing us at using “Saturday Retrieval” as your subject heading.

As always, the Archives’ goal is to provide excellent service while assisting you with your records and research needs. Please help us by requesting records in advance of your Saturday visit at,

Wishing you a safe and productive Summer! We thank you for your continuing patronage and support.

Directions to Dr. Edward C. Papenfuse State Archives Building

Holiday Related closures for 2018:

Holidays & Archives Closings Day Date
New Year's Day** Monday January 1
Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr** Monday January 15
Presidents' Day** Monday February 19
Memorial Day** Monday May 28
Independence Day Wednesday July 4
Labor Day** Monday September 3
Columbus Day** Monday October 8
Veterans Day* Monday November 12
Thanksgiving Day Thursday November 22
American Indian Heritage Day** Friday November 23
Christmas Day Tuesday December 25

*When a State holiday occurs on a Saturday or Sunday, the holiday is observed on the Friday before or the Monday after the actual holiday, respectively.

**When a State holiday occurs on a Monday or Friday, the Archives will also be closed the Saturday of that adjacent weekend.

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