Archives Report

Due: Nov. 11

3 pages, typed and double-spaced

Identify an archive you would like to visit and a collection in the archive you would like to examine (see sources below). If possible, select an archive relevant to your project for the semester. If there is not an relevant archive accessible to you during the semester, select an archive whose collections interest you for other reasons.

It may help to start by reviewing the “Using Archives: A Guide to Effective Research” assigned for Sept. 9: http://files.archivists.org/pubs/UsingArchives/Using-Archives-Guide.pdf

You may also want to examine the guide to archival research on the GC library website.

Contact the archive or visit the archive website for visiting procedures and, if necessary, make an appointment and request the material you want to examine in advance.

When preparing and visiting the archive, make notes about your experience. What interactions did you have with the archivists? Were they helpful? Why or why not? What did you learn about the collections from the finding aid? Were you able to identify relevant material? What was it like to work with the physical collections? What kind of material did you find? Did anything surprise you, either in your experience or what you found? What research questions did your trip answer and what research questions did it raise? What would you do differently in the future? How does conducting archival research compare with other types of research you have done?

After you have visited the collection, write a report on your experience. Consider the questions asked above. Analyze what you learned about archival research in general, what you learned from examining the collection, and what research steps you need to take in the future.

Sources for finding collections:


Directory of Corporate Archives, Society of American Archivists– https://www2.archivists.org/groups/business-archives-section/directory-of-corporate-archives-in-the-united-states-and-canada-introduction

Finding and Evaluating Archives, by the Society of American Archivists–https://www2.archivists.org/usingarchives/findingandevaluating

Graduate Center guide to finding archival collections–https://libguides.gc.cuny.edu/archivalresearch/find

Gotham Center list of archives in New York City–https://web.archive.org/web/20190623171002/https://www.gothamcenter.org/archives-and-libraries.html

National Union Catalog Collection–http://www.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/