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Jet Propulsion Laboratory Archives: Research Requests

Guide for accessing all types of materials in the JPL Archives.

Please fill out the Application for Access to Archival Material.

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Most requests from the public must be submitted as Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Please contact the Reference Desk first, and you will be notified if a FOIA request is necessary. For more information about the FOIA process, please see the JPL FOIA web page, contact the Library Reference Desk at 818-354-4200 or email

Are you looking to know more about a family member that used to work at JPL?

Please provide us as much information as possible:

  • Name - *The name they worked under. This is especially important for women.
  • Dates of Employment
  • Whether they were JPL or a subcontractor - *If they were a subcontractor, you may be directed to contact that entity.
  • Whether they worked at JPL or Caltech and what type of work they performed - *If they were located at Caltech, you may be referred to the Caltech Archives.

Contact information for the JPL Archives: