Frequently Asked Questions

What is NATO Archives Online?
It is a web based Archival Management System that is accessible to the public for research on historical records released under the public disclosure program.

Where can I find search directives?
See global help at AtoM Advanced Search pages.

What information can I find using this interface?
This interface holds information about the archives that are held at the Archives of NATO Headquarters in Brussels. The system is intended to hold fonds level descriptions about all of our archives under the provision of NATO approved policy on Public Disclosure. More finding aids to help you identify suitable sources of information for your research can be found on our website Publicly Disclosed NATO Documents.

How do I view material within the archives?
When using this catalogue you may find information about a document within an archive that you would like to consult. You can do this in two ways, either by arranging to visit us to view the document for yourself, or if you can't visit, using one of our remote services to access the information you require. Remember to quote the reference code of the archive or item that you are interested in as this will help us to process your request.

What if I can't find what I'm looking for?
It will take time for us to fully populate our catalogue with information about all of the archives that we hold and we will be working on this over the next years while releasing new archival descriptions as they are ready. In the meantime please do contact us if you can't find what you are looking for and our staff will be happy to help you.

Who can I ask for access to information in general?
Email at nato.archives@hq.nato.int. Further information about the NATO Archives can be found at: NATO Home Page or NATO Archives Home.