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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.

The links below offer some directories or search platforms for archives throughout the United States and the world - though no resource is exhaustive. Directories may be listed by region or by specialty topic. Consult with your subject librarian or professional organizations in your field for more recommendations on relevant archives and discovery resources. 

Many of these resources offer information about archives and archival collections. They generally do not offer access to digital versions of archival documents or materials directly. 

Archives in the US

International archives

By region:

By topic: 

Additional Resources



Rare and Distinctive Collections


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