CFP: [18th] Reseach Methods in Archives (9/15; ASECS)

full name / name of organization: 
Jack Lynch

For ASECS in Portland, I'm running a roundtable, described below.
I'd like to make it both as interdisciplinary as possible and as
practical as possible: anyone who's had to use ingenuity to track
down sources and is willing to share tips is welcome. I'll be
glad to hear also from librarians and archivists, as well as from
people who work on subjects other than English-language printed

Old-Fashioned Archives in a High-Tech Age: A Roundtable on
Research Methods

In the age of the Internet, we've all necessarily become experts
in finding information on the Web, in on-line library catalogues,
in ESTC, in ECCO and EEBO, and so on. But while printed books are
now very well catalogued, other materials -- manuscripts, legal
and church records, periodical articles, musical scores,
broadsheets -- are often completely unindexed, or at best have
been given only perfunctory attention. Graduate programs rarely
offer students any practical advice on how to find these
materials, forcing researchers to exercise considerable ingenuity
in navigating the archives. This session will invite scholars in
several disciplines to share strategies, techniques, tips, and
anecdotes that have helped them find items the electronic
revolution has largely passed over.

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