Gen-Fed 2017

Registration will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at 3:00 PM EST.  Subscribe below to receive updates about the registration process.

Gen-Fed 2017 is scheduled for Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 14, 2017, kicking off with a required evening orientation on Sunday, July 9. The get-acquainted session will also introduce NARA security regulations and D.C. transit options to ensure a smooth start on Monday. Course notebooks will be distributed.

Lectures will be held at Archives I in Washington, D.C., on Monday through Wednesday and Friday in the Innovation Hub, located on the first floor on the Research side of the building. On Thursday, the class travels by chartered bus to Archives II in College Park, Maryland. Optional evening sessions at the Library of Congress (LC) and the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library  are held on Monday and Tuesday evenings, respectively. While some research time is built into the schedule, participants from out-of-town are urged to stay through Saturday July 15 to take advantage of a full day at Archives I, Archives II*, LC, or the DAR Library. Class size will be limited to 40 participants.

The schedule for 2017 has not been finalized yet but here’s the 2016 schedule.

Repository research success depends on preparation. Students should expect to review personal research files for leads before arriving at the institute; prompts will be provided. Registrants will be asked to obtain Google accounts to facilitate communication about preparation, logistics, and other details in the weeks leading up to institute.

Tuition is $450. Scholarship information is available here.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Capitol at 550 C Street SW, a one-stop Metro ride from the On the Way to NARANational Archives, or .7 mile walk across the Mall. The cost of the rooms is $172 (plus tax) per night. Room sharing will be facilitated for those interested. The Sunday evening session will be held at the hotel. More information on transportation and hotel accommodations will be sent to registered attendees.

Alumni Dinner

The Alumni Association’s Annual Dinner will be held on Friday, July 14, at the Holiday Inn-Rosslyn in Arlington, Virginia (accessible by Metro); tickets will be available for purchase early in the week. Alumni and speakers from the Washington, DC, area attend each year, providing an opportunity to meet colleagues who have shared the institute experience.



*No document pulls on Saturday at either Archives I or II; archivists are not on duty. Records ordered in advance will be available.