Archives exist both to preserve historic materials and to make them available for use. This guide from the Society of American Archivists outlines the functions and procedures of archives, and is designed both for first-time archives users and scholars who have already conducted research in archives. The content covers:
how archives function
how to identify appropriate archives for your research
how to access historical materials and research at an archives
Repositories and their collecting scopes and practices may differ, but the principles in this guide can assist you in accomplishing your research goals at any archival institution.