This two hour workshop is designed to train graduate students from across disciplines on conducting archival research. In this session you will learn how to locate relevant collections at GW and elsewhere, how to request access and communicate with staff about your research, and how to prepare and keep organized once you begin working with materials on site or in a digital context. Archival theory and common practices will also be discussed to help give participants a sense of how materials are organized and described and common tools and policies that researchers might encounter.
Leave with the confidence that you can find and use primary source and archival collections to move more efficiently into that part of the research process.
The intended audience is GW students who know that they will need to access archives and special collections even if specific collections have not yet been identified. This workshop is also offered to the GW community in real time on Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm.
This workshop is part of the Researching with Specialized Collections Workshop Series for anyone looking to research using primary, rare, or archival source material. Other workshops in this Fall 2017 series are Know Before You Go: Working with Archives for Graduate Students, Intervention and Occupation in the Middle East and North Africa: Researching World Affairs with the GRC, Political Violence and the Russian Sphere of Influence: Researching World Affairs with the GRC, and National Security - China, Japan & Korea: Researching World Affiars with the GRC.