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HISTORY/JOURN 560 - History of U.S. Media - Archives Intro (Fall 2022) : Welcome

What Are Archives?

This page provides guidance on finding and using archival material pertinent to your class both online and in-person.Image shows an archival box opened on a table.

But what, exactly are archives? Unlike materials held in libraries, which have all been published (meaning, they were created with the intention of making many copies available to many people), archives are unpublished material. They are evidence of everyday life and business created for a purpose other than having them used by outside people. Archives can be any format of material, such as letters, diaries, meeting minutes, photographs, or tweets. Archival collections are kept together in groups based on their creator.

Finding Archival Collections in the Library Catalog

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