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  • Citing and quoting from unpublished materials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

Getting Help

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

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

Dispatches from the Field