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Each research project is unique. Research itself is a process that will take you back and forth between primary, secondary, and reference sources, catalogs, databases, and other discovery tools. The arc of a typical research project begins with a general topic of interest from which a research question is developed. Sources are found to answer this question and results are written up. As a steward of historical materials of enduring value, Emmanuel College Archives and Special Collections fosters this inquiry, critical thinking, and knowledge building through an active engagement with the past.
We can advise you on class projects, assist with your research, or simply show you items of interest. Primary sources in the Archives and Special Collections can be accessed through the Archives, the Special Collections or our records management system. For more on the research process, you can view the guide on archival research.
Some Collection may contain content that may be difficult to view. The material spans the history of the United States through the 20th century, and it is our charge to preserve and make available these historical records. As a result, some of the materials presented here may reflect outdated, biased, offensive, and possibly violent views and opinions. In addition, some of the materials may relate to violent or graphic events and are preserved for their historical significance.
The Emmanuel College Archives is committed to working with staff, communities, and peer institutions to ensure difficult materials are historically contextualized.