A. Introduction to Archives

This first section of the website gives you an overview of how to use archives. You can jump to any section, but we recommend you work through them in order.

letter with Chapel in the background
Details about what archives are and why they are important.
Royal Letters Patent granting an annuity of one tun (252 gallons) of wine in King's Lynn or London. 7 February 1446. Archive Centre, King’s College, Cambridge. KC/62 (recto)
Key principles any archive-user should know. These will greatly improve your research.
How to find archives relevant to your research interests.
Screenshot from ArchiveSpace
How to use catalogues to find archival documents relevant to your research.
Letter from E.M. Forster to Rupert Brooke, 15 October 1910. Archive Centre, King’s College, Cambridge. RCB/L/1/22
How to access and handle archival documents, which are often very fragile.
How your research might be restricted by privacy issues or intellectual property rights.