ArchivesUSA

One of the newest electronic tools added to the Library's gateway is ArchivesUSA, a Chadwyck-Healey product. Using ArchivesUSA, researchers can find information about nearly 100,000 manuscript or archival collections in over 4,400 repositories throughout the United States, from large research libraries to local historical societies and nearly everything in between. ArchivesUSAcombines and improves upon three print resources that have long been mainstays for archivists, librarians, and scholars using primary sources: the Directory of Archives and Manuscripts 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). The ArchivesUSAsearch engine is easy to use and flexible, offering searches by collection names, repositories, dates, geographical locations, and subjects, with adjacency and proximity, truncation, and Boolean searching. Other features include hotlinks to repository websites and e-mail addresses so that researchers can quickly and seamlessly submit reference inquiries to archives and library staff.

ArchivesUSA is accessible via the Library website (under Indexes and Abstracts, on the alphabetical list of sources, etc.), or directly at http://archives.chadwyck.com/.

For more information, contact Suzy Taraba, Public Services Librarian, Dept. of Special Collections, at 702-8710 or mstaraba@midway.uchicago.edu">mstaraba@midway.uchicago.edu.