"The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. The National Archives was established in 1934 by President Franklin Roosevelt, but its major holdings date back to 1775. They capture the sweep of the past. NARA keeps only those Federal records that are judged to have continuing value—about 2 to 5 percent of those generated in any given year. All of these materials are preserved because they are important to the workings of Government, have long-term research worth, or provide information of value to citizens." from, archives.gov/about
Once again, NARA contains millions of documents across all subject areas, however, the publications on this page deal with civil rights issues or the history of African Americans in the United States.