Internet Resources

Using Manuscripts & Archives: A Tutorial

  • Yale University Manuscripts and Archives Tutorial
    The Yale University Manuscripts and Archives Tutorial is designed to acquaint individuals with the methods of locating primary source material at Yale; however, it can also be helpful for those trying to find manuscript and archival material in other repositories.

Writing History Papers with Primary and Secondary Sources: A Tutorial

Sources of information about archival and manuscript collections:

  • WorldCat (NU access only)
    A database of all materials, including manuscript collections, cataloged by OCLC and found in libraries throughout the world.
  • National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections
    Includes links to Library of Congress resources, the RLIN Archival and Mixed Collections database, and links to the websites of archival and manuscript collections throughout the United States.
  • Archives Hub (United Kingdom)
    A major national gateway to archive collections held in universities and colleges in the United Kingdom, forming part of the National Archives Network. Provides access to a wide range of material with relevance to many areas of research.
  • A2A: Access to Archives (United Kingdom)
    A2A consists of catalogs describing the archives of local record offices, university archives and special repositories. It is a collaborative venture led by the Public Record Office, the Historical Manuscripts Commission, and the British Library.
  • National Register of Archives (United Kingdom)
    Indexes containing references to papers of c.150,000 corporate bodies, persons and families relating to British history with a further 100,000 connected records. These are held in a network of national and local record offices, university libraries and specialist repositories in the UK and abroad. The NRA gives details on availability and access if the records are held privately.
  • Congressional Collections at Archival Repositories
    A list of websites of repositories that hold collections relating to the history of the United States Congress, including collections of personal papers of individual members of Congress.

Sources of information about archival repositories:

  • Special Collections Repositories in Massachusetts
    A database of over 600 archival and manuscript repositories in Massachusetts, maintained by the Massachusetts Library and Information Network
  • UNESCO Archives Portal
    International portal including links to internet sites of archival institutions around the world and resources related to archives and records management.
  • Repositories of Primary Sources
    A geographically organized list of over 4,200 primary source repositories from around the world.
  • Directory of Corporate Archives in the U.S. and Canada
    Basic information about corporate archives in the United States and Canada. Includes companies that maintain their historical records themselves as well as those that contract with historical consulting firms. Arranged by name, location, and archivist's name.