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Using archives for dissertations. What are archives?. Different kinds of archives. What are archives?. Not organised/categorised in the same way as books Don’t fall into neat categories How they have been collected or created is part of their story Key is the creator or creating body

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What are archives1
What are archives?

  • Not organised/categorised in the same way as books

    • Don’t fall into neat categories

    • How they have been collected or created is part of their story

  • Key is the creator or creating body

    • Who might have created the record? Where might it be?

    • Remember to think around the subject

  • Remember…

    • not everything has survived

    • not everything is kept

    • not everything is easy to find

An example


Where do i start
Where do I start?

  • Secondary sources

  • Databases and online resources

  • Other media

  • Tutors


Choosing a topic things to bear in mind
Choosing a topic: things to bear in mind

  • Will you be able to get access to the sources?

    • Online access

    • Held in British archives

    • British perspective

  • Will you be able to read the material?

    • Language

  • Will it be released?


Researching finding archival material
Researching: finding archival material

Archive catalogues

  • Each archive will have own catalogue

    • Not all online

    • Not all complete

  • National Archives – Search the Archives

  • Access to Archives

  • ARCHON


Researching finding archive material
Researching: finding archive material

Own material

Other collections





Visiting an archive
Visiting an archive

Contact before visit

  • Opening times, ID, facilities, advance ordering

    Go prepared

  • Paper, pencils, laptop, camera, references

  • Clothes – choose carefully!

    Be organised

  • Check references, take full notes

  • Ask for help


How archives can help
How archives can help

  • Finding material

  • Links with other institutions

  • Handling the material

  • Using the material and the resources

  • Contact: Sarah Price – [email protected]


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