The Society of American Archivists has a helpful online guide Using Archives: A Guide to Effective Research. It has many great tips for potential users. I have read most of it and felt like I was reading my own advice when I teach about the gems found in archives and special collections departments. It’s worth reading.
Several entries from the Table of Contents
- What Are Archives and How Do They Differ from Libraries?
- Types of Archives
- Finding and Evaluating Archives
- Planning to Visit an Archives
- Typical Usage Guidelines in Archival Repositories
- Visiting an Archives
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