The Society of America Archivists has published Using Archives: A Guide to Effective Research, by Laura Schmidt. Intended as a guide to researchers, especially those who may be new to archival research, you can down the pdf by visiting

The content includes:

  • How archives function
  • How to identify appropriate archives for your research
  • How to access historical materials and research at an archives

Repositories and their collecting scopes and practices may differ, but the principles in this guide should assist you in accomplishing your research goals at any archival institution. The table of contents: