Archival Research

About This Guide

This guide will introduce you to the basics of archival research. You will find information on:

  • What archives are and how they are arranged

  • Conducting background research

  • Where and how to look for archival collections

  • What to expect when you visit an archival repository

  • Citing and quoting from unpublished materials

  • And more

Richard Varrick Papers, N-YHS

Richard Varick Papers, 1743-1871 (bulk 1775-1830). Series IV: Accounts, Bills, Receipts, 1775-1871.  The New-York Historical Society.  See more.

Highlights: NYPL, New-York Historical Society, and Library of Congress

Dispatches from the Field

Following are links to a few noteworthy library blogs, archival websites, and news articles that provide an introduction to particular collections and a glimpse into what's going on in the world of archives.

Notable Library Blogs & Websites


Archives in the News

Getting Help

There are many ways to get help from a librarian — choose the method that best suits your needs: