ArchiveGrid lets history students and other researchers discover the location of documents, personal papers, photographs, and other archival materials hidden in collections all over the world.
For students who can’t jet around the world to do archival research, ArchiveGrid makes it easy to find materials in local Southern California collections within driving distance. A search for a name or topic turns up a list of possible collections and a “Locations” sidebar where the user can scan for local repositories. For instance, a search on the name, Cesar Chavez, reveals 43 relevant collections in five Southern California institutions. Also provided is contact information for the repository to make it easy for a user to follow up with more questions. To get a sense of the range of subjects that can be accessed in the database, click on ArchiveGrid Topics at the bottom of the screen, and prepare to be amazed.