Here at the Congregational Library, we're pretty proud of our archival collections. Original manuscripts are a fantastic source of information. When a researcher exhausts our resources, though, we can often help them find their next port of call. One of our first stops is usually WorldCat, a massive union catalog hosted by OCLC. Now they've created an archive-specific search interface called ArchiveGrid.
ArchiveGrid connects you with primary source material held in archives, special collections, and manuscript collections around the world. You will find historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more. ArchiveGrid also helps researchers contact archives to request information, arrange a visit, and order copies.
ArchiveGrid includes collection descriptions from WorldCat bibliographic records and from finding aids harvested from ArchiveGrid contributors' websites. If you have questions about your collection descriptions in ArchiveGrid, please get in touch with us. Interested in contributing? Please let us know that as well.
We haven't submitted our records to WorldCat or ArchiveGrid yet, because we're still in the process of adding those records to our own catalog, but it's certainly something we're considering for the future. If you'd like to see what other archives have to offer, head on over and take a look.