Doing archival research

The vast majority of archival sources have not been digitised, and online catalogues are frequently incomplete. It is often necessary, therefore, to visit an archive in order to find out about the documents they hold. This guide offers some help, but every archive is different, and there is no substitute for making contact in person.

This guide gives tips and advice on:

  • What we find at an archive
  • Knowing which archive to visit
  • Finding what you need
  • What to do before you go
  • Respecting others
  • Making and managing notes

Guide: doing archival research

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