Introduction to Archival Research

Inside this guide, you will find helpful tips and important terms that will enable you to feel comfortable and confident conducting archival research. We have tried to create a guide that is applicable to archival research everywhere, not just in The New School Archives and Special Collections.

Archives in General


How to Find Archives


Reading a Catalog Record for an Archival Collection

Tips and Suggestions for an Archives Visit

Do not be intimidated about conducting archival research, especially if it is your first time. Every scholar, historian, and academic had to start somewhere. Each time you visit an archive or research library, you will be adding more experience and gain more confidence. This experience will be a asset to you throughout your career, whether it is in academia or in industry.