SEARCHING THE ARCHIVES
Everything you need to know about searching the Green River Archives.
Tips on how to make your research is as productive and successful as possible.
Choose between visiting the Archives or making a written inquiry.
Scope of the Collection
Scope of the collection of the Green River Archives.
Before you get started, carry out these simple preparations to ensure your research is as productive and successful as possible. These preliminary steps are particularly important if you have little previous experience in research using archival documents.
Understand Your Research Topic
Before delving into archival documents, study the published ‘secondary’ sources of information in your area of interest. At the very least, this means visiting a good public or research library to find any relevant books and taking the time to read them.
Formulate Your Questions
Identify the scope of your inquiry as precisely as possible. For example, are you interested in Green River generally, or a particular section, time period or building?
Ask an Archivist
Make sure you discuss your research topic with one of the archivists when you contact us to make an appointment. Once we understand what you are trying to achieve, we can advise you on what records are available and how much work it will take.
Allow Enough Time
Research always takes much longer than you expect. Archival records are not an instant source of facts on every conceivable topic. They provide in-depth evidence. You may need patience and application to extract and understand it.
Please note that Archives staff members are generally NOT able to answer research inquiries in response to telephone calls or unannounced visits.
Visit the Archives
You can visit the Green River Archives and undertake the research yourself. Please note that an appointment is preferable prior to your visit. Appointments can be arranged by phone, email or in person.
Visiting researchers to the Archives are assisted by an archivist, who will advise you about locating records that may be of use for your research, through the search tools available. However the archivist is not there to do your research for you.
Facilities to read the records and take notes are available. Visiting researchers may bring laptop computers to take notes with. Digital cameras may be used with permission, to take copies of documents. Tape recorders are generally not acceptable because you may have to share our room with other researchers.
Write to the Archives
You can write to the Green River Archives, requesting that research to be undertaken by our archivists. Researchers are asked to formulate their questions in a letter, fax or email.
The time it takes to respond to your written research inquiry depends on how many such inquiries we receive.
Because the archivists have only limited time to handle such inquiries, we normally respond by advising whether or not there are records likely to yield the information you seek. If so, you may choose to follow up by visiting the Archives in person and conduct the research yourself.