Invisible hands: Recognizing archivists' work to make records accessible

Sammie L. Morris, Shirley Rose

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Abstract

Seasoned researchers know that it's a good idea to contact an archive before visiting to do research. This ensures that needed collections will be available onsite during the actual visit to the archives and allows the researcher to begin a conversation with the archivist about any additional relevant resources available. Starting such a conversation (the "reference interview") with the archivist in advance helps make a visit to the archives more efficient and fruitful. This reference role of archivists is generally understood, if not fully exploited, by most archival researchers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWorking in the Archives
Subtitle of host publicationPractical Research Methods for Rhetoric and Composition
PublisherSouthern Illinois University Press
Pages51-78
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)0809329506, 9780809329502
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

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Morris, S. L., & Rose, S. (2010). Invisible hands: Recognizing archivists' work to make records accessible. In Working in the Archives: Practical Research Methods for Rhetoric and Composition (pp. 51-78). Southern Illinois University Press.