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Researching in the Archives

EMU Archivist Alexis Braun Marks describes what you will find in various archives and what to expect when you visit an archives.

This presentation includes links to online collections, with an emphasis on archives in southeast Michigan.

Archival/Unpublished Materials

Note for Fall 2020 - Many archives are closed, or have greatly reduced hours or services due to COVID-19. If you plan on visiting an archive, please check its hours and reading room policies.

Authors will often refer to unpublished materials in a bibliography or in footnotes. The bibliographic information will include the archives, library, or museum that houses the materials as well as the name of the collection. You can search for the internet for the name of the archives, library or museum to determine if they have the materials digitized and online.

Be aware that while many archives are making portions of their collections available online, few archives have all or the majority of their materials available online.

There are local archives and special collections that may be useful for some topics.

Locating Archival Collections

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