Describe the condition and the content of the primary sources you requested at the archive.
Goal: Describe your visit to a physical archive and the source(s) you studied there.
Learning Outcome: Ability to describe and apply basic methodologies of historical
VISIT A PHYSICAL ARCHIVE:
Contact an archivist at a historical archive or special collections that you can
access before May 12′. This archive does not need to be relevant to your
specific research. Request a specific time to visit, and request help locating
finding aids for the collections.
Ask the archivist who provides the funding and materials for this archive (or use
the archives/ special collections website to find this info).
Browse the finding aids to find an interesting collection or ask the archivist to
suggest a specific collection for you to request.
Follow all of the archivist’s instructions for entering the archive and taking notes.
Either in advance or at the archive, submit a request for one box of documents
from that collection. Then browse the folders and documents within that box.
Tour the archives room/ building and ask or observe which parts of the collection
are most popular.
WRITE ABOUT AN ARCHIVE: SUBMIT THESE DETAILS IN ABOUT ONE PAGE.
Identify the archive you visited. In a few sentences, also summarize the overall
theme and the sponsors of this archival collection.
In one paragraph, describe the condition and the content of the primary sources
you requested at the archive.
Conclude by identifying one specific physical archive with a collection relevant to
your field of study. You can identify this archive using a scholarly book from your
other assignments. This second archive does not need to be nearby, and you are
not required to visit it.