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Detailed archival collection descriptions written by archivists

Why select this database?

  • Find information about historical documents.
  • Learn about the contents of archival collections.
  • Researchers can find contact information about the archives to arrange a visit to examine materials or order copies.
  • Genealogists can find links to locations for birth and death records, ship logs, and cemetery records.
  • Individuals can find the location of family histories and personal papers.

Database details

  • history
  • humanities
  • art & architecture
  • social sciences
  • genealogy
Sources Over 2,500 libraries, archives, and museums worldwide

ArchiveGrid contributors
Number of records Over one million
Dates covered Material described from before the common era to the present
Update frequency Daily
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Indexes and examples in ArchiveGrid

Search indexes Examples
Keyword commerce history
Accession number 32868942
Archive cornell
Archive location fresno
Author tucker, chandler
Subject gospel music
Title church records

Contact information for an archive

You may contact an archive:

  • To arrange a visit so you can examine materials
  • To order copies of materials if copies are available

To view contact information for an archive, do the following from the ArchiveGrid detailed record that describes the materials:

  1. Under Find a copy in the library > WorldCat > Worldwide libraries own this item, view the list of libraries and archives.
     Note: If a + (plus) button appears in front of the Worldwide libraries own this item link, click the button or the link to view the list.
    • If more than one library or archive is listed, click just this edition. The list redisplays to show only the library or archive that holds the materials.
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  2. Click Library info. A page about the library or archive appears. It contains information and links to other resources such as a website or other library information. Contact information is usually available on the page or in the linked resources.
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  3. Click Return to Detailed Record when you have the information you need.