Saturday, March 04, 2006

From Cynthia Van Ness (Betty Barcode) and Anne Van Camp
at comes the GREAT news that there is a new on-line
search service for fabulous and rare collections of documents,
books, letters, manuscripts, and holdings of hundreds of
unique depositories of materials that you will be able to use
in your genealogical and historical research. The best news
is that it is FREE from now until May 31st. Take advantage
of it because you WILL find materials that you never would
have known existed, and where they are held, and how to
access them!

For those of you that have ever spent hours and hours
thumbing through the old printed indexes of the National
Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) at your local
University Library, or have ever had access to the old
Research Librarians Information Network (RLIN), or have
used the modern equivalent, you will be
THRILLED with this new resource!

ArchiveGrid is a new web site
that offers faculty, scholars, librarians, and genealogists
unparalleled access to archive records and finding aids to
enable you to do extensive primary research on your subject.
Search through nearly a million collection descriptions and
get the information you need to arrange a visit or order
copies. Discover hidden collections or confirm the scope of
collections you already know. Save research time by locating
exact box and shelf information so that your time on-site
will be spent studying relevant materials, not looking for them.

Access to ArchiveGrid is free now through May 31, thanks to a
funding grant to support wider use by the academic community
and general public.

ArchiveGrid has been developed by RLG, a not-for-profit
membership organization of libraries, archives, and cultural
organizations worldwide.

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