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Researching a Topic in Four Easy Steps:

Step 4f: Locating materials at Yale and beyond - Archival Collections

You may need to identify archival collections beyond Yale when doing primary source research.
These online databases contain records of manuscript and archival materials:
  • ArchiveGrid (includes some fulltext finding aids as well as collection level records)
  • ArchivesUSA (collection level records)
  • WorldCat (collection level records)

There are many databases and guides to manuscript and archival collections that focus on special subject areas or document the holdings of particular repositories. Consult Research Guides by Subject for your area of interest, such as English Language and Literature or American History and American Studies, and look for the archives/primary sources section within the guide.

An increasing number of archival repositories provide electronic versions of the finding aids for their manuscript and archival collections. In some cases these electronic finding aids are accessible only through the repositories' Web sites. The best online guide to repository Web sites is the University of Idaho guide: Repositories of Primary Sources.

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