Dear NARA customers,

Bonolabs was informed on Friday, March 20, that the Special Media Services Division at the College Park facility has suspended its services due to concerns over the Coronavirus,  Covid-19.

How this affects you and your orders

  • Item Approval Request Lists (IARLs): NARA is NOT accepting any new IARLs for approval. IARLs submitted to the mailbox will be deleted until further notice.
  • Temporary Suspension of NARA Vendor Program

As an approved NARA vendor, Bonolabs will be unable to place any National Archives media orders for you at this time.  If you have an approved IARL, Bonolabs can provide a bid to you. However, we will be unable to order any material until notified that the program has resumed.

Once the program is resumed, we will place approved and paid estimates in the order they are received. Bonolabs will not accept payments until we know that the program has resumed.

NOTE: If you are a GSA or private collection client, work on your projects already in-house will continue. Bonolabs will accept new GSA work and provide bids for future work.

What you can do in the interim

The NARA online catalog remains open.

You can research the collection to identify titles that you might request once the facility re-opens. You can also fill out the Item Approval Request Lists to get them ready for submission. If you have never ordered before, please see our video tutorials on the process. If you would like some background on how to research the collection, please contact us and we will send you a PDF guide we put together.

Next Steps
If you are facing a production deadline that requires general archival or NARA footage, we can suggest two possibilities.

NARA footage: One of our clients, FilmFileShop, offers many National Archives titles across the various record groups—in their entirety. They are catalogued by NARA local identifier numbers (the numbers you need for your IARL). Although the catalog list and site are being revised, you can visit to see how it works. Then email them at: and ask if the item(s) you are looking for are in the collection. You will need to provide the local identifier number (NAIL) found in the NARA online catalog. FilmFileShop folks cannot provide research help or search the collection content by keywords. That’s the function that is under revision. If the file is in their shop, they will provide a price. Most files are HD: 10-bit uncompressed 1920×1080/24p files.

General: Internet Archive is an open source site. Visit (NOT to be confused with This online resource includes all types of media, not just film and video.

“You are invited to view or upload your videos to the Community collection. These thousands of videos were contributed by Archive users and community members. These videos are available for free download.”

Advice: Finding what you are looking for takes patience. Quality varies. The downloadable files are low resolution and highly compressed. That said, the files could be used “in a pinch” or as placeholders. The site is NOT organized around NARA identifiers. This is an independent site. There is no correlation provided to National Archives material.

Time to Reflect: back it all up!

March 31st is World Back Up Day. It’s a perfect day to change habits and storage solutions. See our hard drive shelf solutions for details.