The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is an independent agency of the United States government charged with the preservation and documentation of government and historical records. It is also tasked with increasing public access to those documents which make up the National Archive. NARA is officially responsible for maintaining and publishing the legally authentic and authoritative copies of acts of Congress, presidential directives, and federal regulations.

For internal use only, involving their own holdings or project with other partner organizations, NARA has developed Guidelines for Digitizing Archival Materials for Electronic Access which can be viewed on the NARA website.