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2004 Presidential Term Web Harvest

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) conducted a harvest (i.e., capture) of Federal Agency public web sites as they existed prior to January 20, 2005. This harvest was intended to document Federal agencies' presence on the World Wide Web at the time that the Presidential Administration term ended in early 2005. Learn more.

The harvest produced a public reference copy of the web sites for the purpose of continual availability to the public, and also produced a record copy to be retained in the holdings of NARA.

Federal Agency Sites Harvested

Web sites included in the harvest were identified from information provided by the U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA) ".GOV" Internet Domain Registry ( and from a list of unrestricted ".MIL" sites provided by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DOD/DISA).

The accuracy of the harvest was affected by these factors:

  • Only those unrestricted 1st and 2nd level Federal and military domains registered with the ".GOV" registry or the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) included on the lists compiled and sent to NARA were included in the harvest,
  • Whether addresses from GSA and DISA lists resolved successfully, and
  • The capabilities of crawler tools used (see Heritrix at and the server environment being crawled. See a report on limitations of capabilities [PDF].

NARA has made every reasonable effort to ensure that web sites' code and programming were captured accurately. NARA is not responsible for the web sites' compliance with Federal laws, regulations, and requirements. NARA is responsible for providing public access to these copied web sites but is not responsible for maintaining code such as links, accessibility features, search or site maps, or other functionality that may have been true of the sites before they were copied.

Mention of commercial products, services, or resources within this notice does not constitute an endorsement by the National Archives and Records Administration or the United States Government.

Learn more: The report requires the capture and transfer of Federal public web sites at the end of a term of a Presidential Administration. To find current Federal agency web sites, please use For technical issues, contact For questions about these Federal records, contact For questions about this website, contact

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