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.
- African American Collections in Public Libraries from the Information Professionals of ASALH
- Directory of African American Museums and affiliate institutions from the Association of African American Museums (AAAM)
- Library Research Guide for Finding Manuscripts and Archival Collections (Harvard University): This guide is intended to help Harvard students and faculty find archival and manuscript collections held at Harvard and elsewhere.
- Using Archives: A Guide to Effective Research (Society of American Archivists)
- ArchiveGrid: Includes over 5 million records describing archival materials, bringing together information about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more. With over 1,000 different archival institutions represented, ArchiveGrid helps researchers looking for primary source materials held in archives, libraries, museums and historical societies.
- Hidden Collections Registry (CLIR): The CLIR Hidden Collections registry is a discovery tool to highlight rare and unique library, archival, and museum collections. It features projects funded through CLIR’s Cataloging and Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives programs as well as numerous other special collections throughout the U.S. and Canada.
- Black Digital Humanities Projects & Resources: Created by the The Colored Conventions Project, which is a collaborative project that brings 19th- century Black organizing to digital life through convention records and exhibits.
- Directory of Archival Organizations in the United States and Canada (Society of American Archivists)
- Archival Research (Dalhousie University): A guide on conducting archival research.