Locating and Using Archives

Archival collections can be found in universities, colleges, businesses, public libraries, corporations, and historical societies. The types of information you can find in a repository varies depending on the mission and collecting policy of the institution. Thus, make sure that you check the website and/or call to make sure the repository you are looking at will have the information that you are seeking. Please note that each institution has its own policy on access and fees (i.e. reproductions, research fees, and usage) especially during the current COVID-19 health crisis. Additionally, if you are doing genealogy research you might be better served locating a family history center and/or a professional genealogist as most archivists and archival staff are not trained genealogists.


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