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Archival and Primary Sources

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Cliff Smith YMCA Postcard Collection

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List of scholarly sport sites

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David Allen Reed Papers (Connecticut Valley Historical Museum)

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Youth Work

YMCA of the USA Archives (University of Minnesota)

YMCA of Greater Boston Collection (Northeastern University)

National Council of YMCAs of Canada (Library and Archives Canada)

YMCA of Montreal Collection (Concordia University)

Boy Scouts of America collection of ephemera (Stanford University)

Scouting and youth organizations collections in Britain

Directories of Primary Sources

National Archives and Records Administration
U.S. federal agency responsible for federal records; includes the Archival Research Catalog (ARC) for searching holdings nationwide, and Access to Archival Databases (AAD), which allows searches of NARA's most popular electronic records.

UNESCO Archives Portal
an international directory of archival repositories searchable by subject, region etc.

Collections of Primary Sources

American Memory
Historical documents and images at Library of Congress.

Library of Congress Finding Aids
Search the finding aids for all Library of Congress divisions.

Making of America
A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection currently contains ca. 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles. A joint project of the Univesity of Michigan and Cornell University.

How to Use Primary Sources and Archives

University of California, Berkeley

Yale University Manuscripts & Archives Tutorial

Bowdoin College
Reading, Writing, & Researching History: A Guide for College Students

Do History

Step-by-Step Guide to Oral History

Library and Archives Canada
Using Archives: A Practical Guide for Researchers

Five Colleges Archives and Manuscripts Collections Primary Source Research Guide

Preserving Your Collections

Caring for Personal Collections Harvard University.

Image Permanence Institute
A variety of guides to preserving image and object collections.

Northeast Document Conservation Center

Library of Congress
Preparing, Protecting, Preserving Family Treasures.

Your Old Books
A guide by the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries that addresses some frequently asked questions about rare and older books and their values.

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