During our next workshop meeting, Brian will be giving a "show and tell" about research he conducted at special collections in Princeton in July. They allowed him to take a camera into the room!
While we're on the subject of special collections, there's a good possibility that you'll need to travel to a library and peruse special archives in your own research.
So...where do you start?
Well, if you need to find out where your primary documents are held (for example, original documents / texts / letters from a specific author) you can use WorldCat. This collects all of the library catalogs of the world together in one neat place.
1. Start at the libraries' homepage.
2. Go to the middle column and select "most used databases."
3. Scroll down to "WorldCat."
4. Type in your search terms.
5. Select the box that says "Archival Materials."
6. There you are! You'll get a list of what collections are out there along with websites and info. If you're lucky, your documents will be held in a city you've really wanted to visit.