“Researching in Archives” – The NGSC Roundtable at NASSR 2013

Want to go on a funded research trip to study a collection that is crucial for your project? Want to know how senior scholars find funding, manage their time, and use a new collection to fortify their work-in-progress? Attend this year’s NGSC professionalization roundtable and learn how.

Conducting research in an archive away from your home institution can lend truly original ideas and evidence to your writing projects. It can also add important lines to your CV and prove that you have research skills that are important for the job market.

When: Friday, August 9, 11:30am – 1pm (Note: this is a brown-bag lunch session. Bring your lunch with you!)

Where: Conference Auditorium

We invited five distinguished speakers to give us advice on how to select an archive to travel to, get paid to do research there, and make the most of what we discover. Following short presentations we will open the floor for a lengthy Q&A session and conversation. Bring your lunches and your questions — we hope to have a lively discussion.


  • Andrew Burkett (Union College)
  • Jill Heydt-Stevenson (CU-Boulder, NGSC faculty advisor)
  • Michelle Levy (Simon Fraser U)
  • Devoney Looser (Arizona State U)
  • Dan White (U of Toronto)

Specifically, our panelists will help us learn:

  • how to write a winning application for funding for the trip,
  • where major collections for our field are held,
  • what you need to prepare before you arrive,
  • how to use the archive as a place of discovery, and
  • what to do with all the notes and photos we gather.

See you all there!