Archive Finder is a current directory of over 5,750 repositories and over 206,000 collections of primary source material housed across the United States and the United Kingdom. Designed as a research tool, Archive Finder is a central collection of archival information providing descriptions of primary sources held in various kinds of repositories. This product is updated annually.
Archive Finder draws from three major information sources: the Directory of Archives and Manuscript Repositories in the United States (DAMRUS), the National Union Catalogue of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC), and the National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the United States (NIDS).
Archive Finder integrates the following information into comprehensive collection records:
Archive Finder provides information for these types of primary source material:
Undergraduates, graduate students and faculty members can use Archive Finder to determine whether a collection contains material useful to their work. Users can zero in relevant information by keyword searching across eight combinable search fields, including collection name, repository name, repository location and more. From any collection record, users can click to find out how to contact the repository where the collection is housed. Repository records provide detailed information including phone and fax numbers, hours of service, materials solicited, email and home page URLs when available. Each collection record links to its corresponding repository record, simplifying the research process.