Archives 101

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Archives 101

  1. 1. More Than Just Dusty Papers What’s in the Archives for YOU?
  2. 4. Types of Archival Repositories <ul><li>Collecting Archives </li></ul><ul><li>In-House Archives </li></ul>
  3. 5. The Archives Reading Room
  4. 7. The Reference Interview
  5. 8. Primary Sources: Formats
  6. 9. Primary Sources: General Types <ul><li>Personal </li></ul><ul><li>Legal </li></ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational </li></ul>
  7. 10. Primary Sources <ul><li>A primary source is distinguished from a secondary source by the fact that the former gives the words of the witnesses or first recorders of an event. </li></ul>
  8. 11. Archives vs. Libraries <ul><li>Libraries document a subject </li></ul><ul><li>Archivists are cuter </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries maintain single, published items </li></ul><ul><li>Patrons do not necessarily require the assistance of a librarian </li></ul>
  9. 12. Documentation of Regional History <ul><li>Oral Histories </li></ul><ul><li>Mining History </li></ul><ul><li>Dominic Jacobetti Papers </li></ul><ul><li>Government – Bruce Sarjeant x1580 </li></ul>Garment Workers Strike, Gossard Garment Company, Ishpeming, 1949
  10. 16. A Question or Problem <ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Interpretation </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul>Let the evidence lead you where it will……….
  11. 17. External Criticism <ul><li>Where? </li></ul><ul><li>When? </li></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>Whom? </li></ul>
  12. 18. Internal Criticism <ul><li>Can you detect any bias or prejudice that calls into question the author’s argument? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Does the author make warranted or unwarranted claims? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  13. 19. Thank You! <ul><ul><li>Marcus C. Robyns, CA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>227-1046 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul>

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