The National Association of REALTORS® Archives, located at NAR's Chicago headquarters, documents the history and development of the association and the real estate profession in the United States. The unique items in the Archives tell the story of the REALTOR® family and its emergence through time.
The Archives collection contains a wide range of material, including Board of Directors meeting minutes, committee meeting minutes, the Code of Ethics since 1913, NAR's Constitution and Bylaws, policy and procedure manuals, books, surveys, research reports, press releases, journals and newsletters, annual convention programs, brochures, membership rosters, photographs, audio and video recordings, and more. In addition to information about the National Association, the collection includes historical records on state and local REALTOR® associations, NAR's affiliated organizations, and spinoff organizations (Urban Land Institute, Appraisal Institute, etc.).
Searching the Collection
Browse and search the Archives collection. See Featured Collections, browse by subject, or enter keyword search terms.
The NAR Archives online catalog is a small representation of materials that are in the full collection, but additional materials are digitized and added to this site regularly. Click “Request” at the item level to inquire about receiving an electronic version of materials, or contact the Archives for additional information.
Research & Research Guides
The National Association of REALTORS® Archives produces Research Guides with the goal of helping members, scholars, and staff locate information held in the Archives. Each Guide covers one series of records, providing historical background and context on how the materials relate to NAR as a whole. In addition, the Guides contain content lists, brief notes about the materials, and box locations within the Archives. Researchers can use these Guides to gain a better understanding of the materials and quickly decide which records may be most relevant to their research.
Four Research Guides are currently available:
Annual Meetings (PDF: 268 KB)
Legal Activities (PDF: 296 KB)
REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) (PDF: 177 KB)
Research Activities (PDF: 430 KB)
Qualified researchers are also welcome to visit the NAR Archives by appointment only.
For research assistance or questions about the Archives, please email email@example.com or call 800-874-6500.
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Services for State and Local Associations
The NAR Archives provides reference and research for state and local association staff. For assistance with researching your association's history, finding an association's charter date, preparing for an anniversary, Board of Directors actions effecting your association, information on prominent members, articles, reports, and other information from the Association's past, contact the Archives at 800-874-6500 or by email.
Donating Material to the Archives
We welcome materials that tell the history of the Association. If your board has a booklet describing its founding, or if you have documents, photographs or audio/video recordings of historical value, please contact us. Our Archivist will gladly discuss your contributions and answer your questions before accepting them into NAR's collection.