Numerous archives, libraries, museums, and other repositories around the United States and world include archival materials in their collections which are open to visiting researchers. Archival materials are described as collections, and primarily consist of unpublished records created by a person, family, or organization in the conduct of their affairs, kept because of their ongoing value. Archival collections are usually accessed via finding aids, invetories, registers, or other descriptive tools that are similar to the Table of Contents in a book.
If you try the three methods described below and still can't find what you're looking for, email us for assistance.
If you aren't sure where to start, try using the search feature on one of these digital archival collections. Remember that a digital archive is similar in purpose to a physical archive, but the historical documents and objects that provide evidence of the past have been digitized.
This is a list of some of the many collections related to Asian American Studies in libraries and museums. Remember that not all collections are digitized on this list. An archive is a place in which public records or historical documents are preserved. Archives contain archival materials, which "are information objects that serve as evidence of past events" (Peter Van Garderen, 2007).
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