Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Hundreds of archives, thousands of archives . . .

Terry Abraham of the University of Idaho has a great site for finding archives you need to look into at Repositories of Primary Sources. (I know, I know, sources are original or derivative; only information can be primary or secondary. Hide your eyes while clicking.)

The links are organized by continent and then (in this part of the world anyway) state or province). There is a form to submit if you find a broken link or want to suggest a new one (check his guidelines first, though). And bear in mind the comforting thought that items wind up in archives by the most circuitous paths, and the information you need may be housed thousands of miles from where the person in question ever lived.

Illinois: about 104 listings, from Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to Wilmette Public Library.

Indiana: about 68, from Alameda McCollough Library (recently blogged here) to Wabash College.

Michigan: about 64, from Adrian College. United Methodist Archive to Western Michigan University. Special Collections.

Ohio: about 92, from Akron-Summit County Public Library to Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor.

Wisconsin: about 44 , from Alverno College to Wisconsin Veterans Museum.

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