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HIST 091: Senior Research Seminar (SC)

History 091: Senior Research Seminar (Bruce Dorsey and Bob Weinberg) Fall 2023

Research Tools: Find Collections and Archives

Practical Tips: Visiting Archives & Special Collections

Key things to know:

  • Most primary source documents (held by archives and libraries) have not yet been digitized.
  • Unlike McCabe, many archives and special collections are only open during business hours.
  • Helpful crowd-sourced resource: How Cold is that Library?

Steps to take:

  • Consult finding aids for descriptions of materials, dates, how large the collection is, and other key info.
  • Contact archives staff before visiting. (They'll probably ask you which materials you'd like to use.)
  • Don't be shy - ask.  Librarians and archivists are available to answer your questions, and may be able to recommend sources.

See also:

Using Archives