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HIS 4575 America in the 1960s: Repositories

Search Strategies for Primary Sources plus Citation Information for History

Why Visit a Repository?

Not everything is on the Internet! Many useful primary sources can be found in repositories (that is, archives, museums, historical societies, etc.) in hard copy. Everything you need to know about visiting a repository is on this page.

Prepare Before You Go

Before you go, browse the repository's web page and look for these things to make the most of your research time:

  • The repository's hours
  • Rules for researchers
  • Who to contact with questions
  • Finding aids or collection guides; if they are online, search them to find out which collection(s) you'll need. Make notes of particular boxes or items you'll want to see; this will help the archivist get the materials to you more quickly

What to Expect When Visiting a Repository

Things not to do during your visit:

    • No pens or any kind of permanent writing utensil
    • No food or drink
    • No flash photography
    • No bags or purses in the research room (some form of secure storage is usually provided)

Things you should do during your visit:

    • Put your cell phone on silent
    • Bring cash for making copies or scans
    • Give yourself lots of time to do your research
    • Keep track of what you have and haven't looked at, in case you need a follow-up visit