*Thank you to Shannon O'Neill from Special Collections and Archives at Barnard College for allowing us to use some of their awesome information.
Remember that there is a lot in a name. You may find the historical records you are looking for in an archive, a library, a special collection, a court house, a county historical society, or a museum. The important thing is to be able to articulate what you are looking for so that when you make contact with someone at that institution they can help you find what you are looking for.
Most primary source materials can not be removed from the reading/research room. You will not be able to check out materials.
Ask in advance if digital copies of materials are available.
Ask in advance about photocopying services or if digital photography is allowed. This will allow you to be better prepared when you are finally able to schedule time to visit a repository.