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Archival Research

Search Tools to Discover Physical Archives Collections

The following tools can be used to search descriptions of archives collections. This will not provide images of specific items in the collection, but it can at least reveal which libraries and institutions own useful collections on a subject.

Using Archives: A Guide from the Society of American Archivists

Using Archives a GuideThis web-based guide covers:

  • How archives function
  • How to identify appropriate archives for your research
  • How to access historical materials and research at an archives


Staff member retrieves files from The National Archives

Photo by The National Archives (United Kingdom) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons