Archival Information (How to Find It, How to Use It) by Steven Fisher

By Steven Fisher

From unique manuscripts and letters to sound recordings and delivery certificate, archival info performs an more and more very important position in smooth study. Libraries and the web have made discovering details on quite a lot of subject matters quicker and more straightforward, yet no longer all information―particularly from fundamental sources―is to be had through neighborhood library branches or on-line assets. utilizing archival details offers its personal demanding situations. fabrics are usually situated in lots of diversified locations: public or educational libraries, govt firms, ancient societies, or museums. they're frequently saved in secured parts the place the general public is particular from searching. This definitive consultant exhibits amateur and skilled researchers how to define archival details. It offers easy methods to use archival fabrics successfully and efficiently.

Topics coated comprise executive data, technology and expertise collections, army information, genealogical documents, company and company data, acting arts documents, and activities collections. additionally supplied is an summary of the area of files, together with archival terminology, how one can touch records, and archival etiquette. no matter if looking for a famous author's unique manuscripts, attempting to find presidential papers, or monitoring down a repository of oral histories, Archival Information is an necessary reference.

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The National Association of Government Archives and Records Managers will answer limited inquiries about local government archives. MORE INFORMATION The majority of the information in this chapter was compiled from the Web sites of the represented archives and from archival guides. More information on American governmental records can be found in various guides that also contain descriptions of other types of nongovernment archival materials. , was issued in paper and microfiche from 1982 to 1991.

In appropriate cases, links are provided to the Genealogical Information Locator search page, which typically includes records such as probate case files, divorces, and censuses. The Oregon State Archives also holds the records of Territorial and State Governors and Legislative records. The Web site provides searchable descriptions and container listings of these records. O. htm? secid=31/ 717-783-3281 Fax: 717-705-0482 Though primarily known as the official custodian of the permanently valuable records (Record Groups) of state government and its political subdivisions, the Archives is also, to a lesser extent, a repository for papers (Manuscript Groups) and records of individuals and families, businesses, and organizations that have statewide historical significance.

Special Needs Patrons Research patrons with special needs should always contact the archive in advance of a visit. Most public facilities built within the past two decades are equipped to meet the reasonable needs of all users. However, many genealogical collections housed in older courthouses, on the upper floors of libraries, or in the basements of churches are not equipped to meet all special needs. Locating convenient handicap parking can also be a challenge, especially for older facilities that have no on-site parking.

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