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Primary Sources in Archives & Special Collections: Archival Materials Elsewhere

Identifying and locating primary sources in the Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center.

Archives Vault

Archival Materials not at Purdue

The following databases are useful for locating archival materials outside of Purdue:

Archive Finder: Archive Finder is a directory that describes primary source material housed in repositories across the United States, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

ArchiveGrid: ArchiveGrid contains descriptions of archival holdings from libraries, museums, and archives nationwide. 

Worldcat: Worldcat is a network of libraries.  Going to "Advanced Search" and limiting by format will point you to archival materials from many different types of repositories around the world.

Other useful places to search for archival materials include local historical societies, state archives, and research libraries. Examples of these types of repositories include:

Local Historical Societies:
Other town, county and state historical societies
 
State Archives:
Indiana Memory (Purdue Archives and Special Collections is a contributor.)
And others . . .
 
Research Libraries:
College and university libraries, etc.
 
If you are not sure where to start with your archival research, it is always helpful to speak with an archivist who can assist you in locating materials pertaining to your research needs.