By midnight on Wednesday, December 13, please locate an archival collection related to your topic. Write an annotation summarizing the collection and evaluating its potential usefulness for your paper. Use any or all the following resources:
- WorldCat (check the box on the advanced Search to limit to archival material)
- National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) — there’s an inferior portal to OCLC WorldCat here, but also the Research Libraries Group (RLG) union catalog, which contains some material not found in WorldCat.
An online finding aid, if there is one, will give you a great deal of information about the collection that you can use for your annotation’s summary. You can sometimes find these by following links from the databases, but you can also Google the name of the collection (e.g., “Ernest Hemingway papers”) plus the keywords “finding aid” or “inventory.” You might also try going to the library / repository’s own website and searching their catalog or website.
Also, just for fun, you might want to check out the Wayback Machine at the Internet Archive. If you’re looking for an old website or a previous version of a current one, this is about your only option.
And yes: you can include archival sources (or finding aids to them) in your annotated bibliography!