History: A Research Guide|
Archival Collections: General Tools
Brooks, Phillip Coolidge. Research in Archives: The Use of Unpublished Primary Sources. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, . 127p.
Burke, Frank G. Research and the Manuscript Tradition. In
assoication with the Society of American Archivists. Lanham, Md.:
Scarecrow Press, 1997.
Larsen, John C., ed. Researcher's Guide to Archives and Regional
History Sources. Hamden, Conn.: Library Professional Publications,
National Archives Home Page
DeWitt, Donald L., comp. Articles Describing Archives and Manuscript Collections in the United States: An Annotated Bibliography. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1997.
Hinding, Andrea, ed. Women's History Sources: A Guide to Archives
and Manuscript Collections in the United States. New York: R. R.
Bowker, 1979. 2 vols.
Kenney, Anne R. Archival Sources for Women's History: An Annotated Bibliography of Guides, Inventories, and Catalogs to Archives and Manuscript Collections in the United States. New York: Garland Publishing, 1986.
National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Directory of Archives and Manuscript Repositories in the United States. 2d ed. Phoenix: Oryx Press, 1988. 853p.
National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the United
States. Alexandria, Va.: Chadwyck-Healey, 1983- . Microform with
A growing number of archives and libraries are using web pages to provide general information about manuscript and archival collections, such as collection strengths, hours of operation, etc. Many also include online finding aids for specific collections. In addition to the sites noted below, check the State and Regional History section of this guide for references to print and electronic guides to archival sources.
Abraham, T. Repositories
of Primary Sources [online]. [cited 20 June 1997]. Available from:
Pankin, Mary Faith. Archival Sites for Women's Studies [online]. March 1997 [cited 25 May 1997]. Available from: http://gwis2.circ.gwu.edu/~mfpankin/archwss.htm.
History in Archival Collections [online]. San Antonio: Archives for
Research on Women and Gender, University of Texas at San Antonio. November
1997 [cited 3 March 1998]. Available from:
Some of the better known collections are listed below:
Archives USA [database]. Alexandria, Va.: Chadwyck-Healey,
1997- . Updated annually.
National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1962- .
RLG's Archival Resources [database]. Mountain View, Calif.:
Research Libraries Group, 1998- . Continuously updated.
WorldCat [database]. Dublin, Ohio: OCLC. Updated daily.
RLIN AMC File
[online database]. Available from: lcweb.loc.gov/z3950/rlinamc.html.
Miller, Leon C. Ready,
'Net, Go!: Internet Resources for Archives
[online]. [cited 20 June 1997]. Available from:
Todd Library, Middle Tennessee State University