This guide will introduce you to the basics of archival research. You will find information on:
What archives are and how they are arranged
Conducting background research
Where and how to look for archival collections
What to expect when you visit an archival repository
Citing and quoting from unpublished materials
Thank you to Donna Davey of the CUNY Graduate Center who developed this guide
Following are sources for further reading. Some are cited in this research guide and all are recommended for developing research skills.
Building Archival Research Skills
Archival Arrangement & Terminology
LCSH & Copyright
Image: Tip O'Neil Congressional Papers, Burns Library, Boston College. Used with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 (CC- BY-NC-ND 2.0) license.
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