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Archives and Archival Resources

Information about locating and conducting research in archives.


  • Using Manuscripts and Archives: A Tutorial (Yale) – An excellent introduction to methods for locating primary source material. Some of the information is specific to Yale, but there is considerable information for locating manuscript and archival materials in other repositories. A new version of this site is planned in the future, but the archived version remains relevant.
  • Using Archives: A Guide to Effective Research (Society of American Archivists)
  • Reference at Your Desk (National Archives and Records Administration) – A set of quick reference tools, including links to archival institutions throughout the world, biographies, bibliographies, copyright information, vital records, statistical reports, and much more.

Tips for . . .

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  • Writing an Inquiry Letter
  • Reading a Finding Aid