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Archival Strategies and Techniques

Archival Strategies and Techniques

Volume: 31
Other Titles in:
Qualitative Research

September 1993 | 96 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Historical and biographical work is becoming a more common type of qualitative research done by social scientists and usually requires the extensive use of formal archives housed in universities, governments, museums and other institutions. This practical and concise book provides an introduction for the novice on conducting archival research and covers such topics as contacting and preparing to work in archives, the protocol of using archives, and ways of organizing and referencing the useful data from the archive.
Archival Sedimentation
Structure, Control, and Technology
Getting Started
`Targets' and `Tool Kits'

Orientation Interviews
Confronting the `Black Box' Problem
Life in the Reading Room
Strategies for Organizing Archival Data
Methodological Complexities
Publication, Citations, and Permissions
Non-Archival Data Sources

A fine introduction to archival research, which is likely to be particularly useful to undergraduates or postgraduates approaching archives for the first time.

Dr Magnus Feldmann
Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol
November 23, 2011

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Michael R. Hill

Michael R. Hill holds earned Doctorates in Geography (1982) and Sociology (1989) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). His primary interests are theories, methodologies, and disciplinary histories. He has taught courses in geography, design studies, landscape architecture, urban planning, and sociology during appointments at Iowa State University, the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Albion College, the University of Notre Dame, and UNL. He currently edits Sociological Origins and is a senior tutor in the UNL Department of Athletics. He is the author, editor, and/or co-editor of 11 books, including Archival... More About Author

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