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Introduction to Archival Research

Get started understanding how to find and use archival collections in your school work, professional research, or family research.

Understanding Linear Feet

Photograph of cardboard archives boxes on shelves


"Linear feet" is the standard measure of archival material, because it helps the archivist know how much shelf space is needed for a collection. 

One linear foot is about the size of one standard records box (left) or two smaller document boxes.

Image credit: University of Colorado Boulder Libraries



Rare and Distinctive Collections


Classroom: Norlin N345

Reading Room: Norlin M350B