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Archives - What They Are and How to Use Them

This is a general guide to using archival materials - what they are, where to find them, how they are organized, and how to use them. For questions about using the ISU Special Collections and University Archives specifically, click the "questions" tab.

Resources and Guidelines

Digital Materials:

Papers and Manuscripts:

Rare Books:

  • Your Old Books, Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries, 2005.

These are a good starting place, but always check with the particular archives you are thinking of to find out about their policies.

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Special Collections & University Archives
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Iowa State University Library
Ames, IA 50011
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